Two different art events took place this past weekend in Martinez, the Art Beat and Art in the Park. Saturday evening was the monthly Art Beat taking place across downtown and organized by Artcelerator, a non-profit with a goal of bringing new art to Martinez. Sunday, the newly renovated Susana Park held the Art in the Park presented by the Martinez Arts Association.
At the Martinez Tribune lobby, Daniel, Dominic and Nick Lucido jammed throughout the night thanks to the efforts of b jaxon and the Art Hall.
Kyle Universe, Barrelista/Barrel Age
Kyle Logan played from his new EP “Here, My Heart” to a packed crowd that spilled outside the venue. A new father, Logan gave the audience a country indie experience accompanied by Daniel Ryan on the keyboard.
Don Matthews, The Blond Room
An array of portrait and landscape watercolors were displayed at the Blond Room salon where Matthews was the featured artist. A psychoanalyst by day, Matthews spoke about the faces he sees and how that translates into his portraits. Matthews emphasized the shadows painted into his work.
Sophie Benjamins was the featured artist at the Citrus Salon, with 10-plus paintings on display all painted within the last three weeks. Her art shown was clearly inspired by geometry and crystals.
In the Main Street Gallery, Stanley Satchell was not only displaying his classic clay sculptures but also his process, working on a golfer mid-swing. Despite his intricate pieces Satchell said, “Anybody can do (sculpting). It’s easy.” Satchell spoke about his beginnings, saying that he started sculpting as a way to deal with those times in life when nothing is going on. In his second decade of creating sculptures, Satchell said to a young man viewing his work-in-progress, “I am here to inspire someone like you to start sculpting.”
Drink & Draw at ARtU4iA
John Kleber delivered a hands on experience in the first of its kind for the Art Beat. Artists of note and amateurs came in to enjoy beer and wine and sketch illustrations that are inspired by drawing prompts projected on the wall like, “pear in a thong, roadkill sandwich or Bill Clinton as the First Lady.”
Other featured artists were Estefania Mones displaying artwork at States Coffee, and Exit 9 playing music with Pierce Wright displaying artwork at Luigis.
Less than half a day later, Art in the Park began at the Susanna Street Park. The one-block park came alive in an event that elegantly utilized the new renovations. This included a music stage and a laid back dance/sit area in the middle of the event. Henrietta Street was closed to traffic but open for food. Three food trucks offered cuisine that ranged from vegetarian, frozen yogurt and BBQ.