Art was on display at 28 different businesses for the 2015 Tehama County Arts Council sponsored Art Walk celebration held on November 6-7th, drawing quite the crowd to the downtown Red Bluff area over a two-day period.
Tehama County Arts Council presented its annual ArtWalk, showcasing north state artists in coordination with the Downtown Red Bluff Business Association featuring shopping, art and music, with food, wine and craft beer tasting. and a Food Truck Rally on Washington St., which included children’s activities and more.
“We’re trying to develop and grow community interest in art and to make it interactive,” Bill Belcher, Secretary of the Tehama County Arts Council, told local reporters. “We’re also looking to show Red Bluff is not just a stop on the freeway. We are a lot more than that.”
Great shops, the rural atmosphere and the “fantastic artists” found in the community are just part of what makes Red Bluff great, says Belcher.
“There are many parts to make up a great community, art is one of those. It is one of the building blocks to a better lifestyle.”
On Saturday, there were food trucks as well as a children’s interactive art exhibits lead by Lead Recreation Coordinator, Erin Luevano.
“We had at least 30 kids today,” Luevano said. “They trickled in, coming in groups. It’s fun to watch them be creative.”
Activities included puzzles, and sidewalk chalk to drawings.
Pat Swithenbank of Red Bluff said she’d lived there 26 years and that the 13th Annual Art Walk was probably the best art show they ever have had.” Even office workers got involved showing their works.
Starr Webb of Cottonwood dabbles in photography and Joel Reinhard of Red Bluff has been showing his works at Art Walk for about three years. Over all the event is a wonderful opportunity to meet and greet with old friends and network with members of the community with over 3000 people in attendance each day.
“You see people who you only see once a year plus you get to give out your cards so it’s a good networking opportunity,” said Reinhard.
“I like to be able to meet people and get other perspectives on my art,” said one artist. “They see things I don’t see on my own. It’s also the gratitude I feel in hearing their thoughts.”
The Tehama County Arts Council throws the event each year for lovers of all forms of art, not just for artists or performers. The organization that functions as an umbrella organization to encourage and support all the arts countywide and is membership supported.