With more than 140 artists reportedly scheduled to participate in the Sunnyslope Art Walk this weekend, it could be hard to pick some must-see places. Just about every business along Central Avenue from Dunlap to Ruth Avenues will be participating, but we've already picked our four "top stops."
myxMedia: This gallery and studio will be exhibiting the works of artist Lawrence Jones ("LoJo"), whose simplistic watercolors draw influences from Tai Chi and Taoism. His Saguaro Zen series, in particular, deftly combines a soft line aesthetic with desert imagery. "Others stun the viewer with the intensity of their thought," Jones says. "I hope to nudge them into a quiet sense of wonder." (8801 N. Central Avenue)
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The most beloved java place in 'Slope always hosts local artists and live music on these second Saturday art walks. This weekend, they'll be serving up their usual potent brews while bands including Try Me Bicycle, Hacksaw's Blues, and Beggar's Clothes take the stage. (17 E. Dunlap Avenue, Suite #2)
Nielsen Galleries: This interior design gallery and studio has participated in the Sunnyslope Art Walks since they began in April, 2008. Their exhibits run the gamut, but usually feature an eclectic array of paintings, hand painted ceramics, and designer throw pillows. (8801 N. Central Avenue)
Bomberos Café & Wine Bar: This old fire station-turned-eatery is one of the coziest spots in Sunnyslope. In addition to the spacious back patio (complete with fire place), there are numerous works of local art on the walls, and live South American music every Saturday night. (8801 N. Central Avenue)
These are just a few of the places to check out if you make it down to the Sunnyslope Art Walk, taking place along Central Avenue from Dunlap to Ruth on Saturday, October 9, from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.sunnyslopecommunity.org.