OCEAN PARK — Art demonstrations, fine jewelry appraisals, a casual photo contest and conversations with artists as they work are just a few of the exciting options available during the upcoming 2nd Ocean Park Art and Antiques Walk. Planned Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the walk is free to all with maps at walk locations, posted around town and on Facebook.
Come and learn what makes Ocean Park the heart of art and antiques on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Naquaiya Studio, (1609 273rd) hosts two artists — Michele Naquaiya and Barbara Weich. Weich has been working on a new Teapot series in oil and Naquaiya has been knitting hats and scarves for holiday gift giving and winter warmth. Art greeting cards, mosaics, scratchboard, pen & ink and much more fill the charming studio just a bit north of Bay Avenue, off Vernon. Signs will lead you there.
Bay Avenue Gallery, (1406 Bay Avenue) features the work of Westport artist Barbara Sampson during the tour. The bustling studio workshop has a long list of class choices and the gallery space is filled with color, texture, light and art from a very large and diverse group of artists. One of those artists is Bette Lu Krause. Her work in acrylic, featuring beautiful nature scenes, fills a sunny corner at Bay Avenue Gallery. Clay firings in the back garden, mosaic classes and art demonstrations are all the types of excitement found at this location ... don’t miss Sue Raymond’s clay creatures who all have names and personality to spare.
Close to 30 antique and collectible aficionados have booths at Forgotten Treasures, Antiques and Collectibles (1904 Bay Avenue). Fine antiques share space with clunky and fun retro finds, jewelry, handcrafted lotions and soaps, art and clothing. Vince and Alissa Stevens have invited a jewelry expert to be on site during the walk to offer free fine jewelry appraisals and if you really want to “dig in,” bargains can be found in the tent out front.
Weir Studios (2217 Bay Avenue) is housed in an old boat barn and this is where artists Andrea and Sven Weir work magic with glass, beads and jewelry. For the upcoming tour, textile artist Rose Power will man the barn. Power is known for her warm and fuzzie knitted scarves, headbands and gloves as well as her copper sheet mobile creations. Andrea Weir has a new series of smaller (8x10) landscape paintings that will be debuting at the Walk.
Experimenting with “curious juxtapositions” of rhinestones, metals, shapes and colors has sparked jewelry designer Debbie Haugsten’s imagination. Using vintage buttons to create beautiful statement bracelets, she also makes steam punk inspired necklaces from bits and pieces of old clocks, charms and reconsidered jewelry. Her new work includes enhancement to the pendant chain for a second layer of interest. Haugsten will be at Beach Home Old & New (2311 Bay Avenue) along with shopkeep and photographer Bonnie Lou Cozby. The eclectic venue is filled with photography and old and new décor with an eye to beach chic style. For the Sept 19 event, Cozby invites people to participate in a casual photo contest. Register at Beach Home Old & New, pick up your photo press pass and visit the Walk locations to find a shot capturing the event. The next weekend, on the morning of Sept. 26, bring 4x6 prints of your top three shots back to the barn to be hung for display, clothesline style. People can vote all that day with the winner announced at 4 p.m. — it’s simple and fun, no cost and, of course, there’s a prize.
For more information on the walking tour or any of the participants, please visit facebook.com/opartandantiques. Scrolling through the page will lead you to artist links and other wonderful art and antique events happening in the area. Questions? Email email@example.com.