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“Mulligatawny” Opening Night
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Liberty Arts Gallery celebrates annual Members’ show, “Mulligatawny,” with sweet summertime soirée.

Liberty Arts’ annual Members’ Exhibit is always a big celebration and this year was no exception. Our inaugural Members’ Exhibit three years ago was called Stone Soup, based on the old folk story where travelers persuade villagers to contribute ingredients to complete the soup. Since then, we have continued the soup theme with last year’s Gazpacho, and this years Mulligatawny.

The Mulligatawny exhibit promised a hearty helping of creative comfort food, and it delivered with the walls of Liberty Arts Gallery overflowing with photographs, drawings, paintings and sculpture by 55 area artists.

While we didn’t actually serve Mulligatawny soup, we did have plenty of wine, sparkling cider, snacks, and finger foods for the crowd to enjoy.

The mood was festive and spirits were high as artists and visitors mingled, sharing stories and laughs throughout the night.

The crowd spilled out onto the plaza and enjoyed the splendid summertime weather, and the smooth sounds of…

…guitarist Bruno Rossi, who picked and plucked along with some pre-recorded backing tracks, creating a lite jazz soundtrack that was perfect for the event.

By far, the most popular attraction was the “Saints Of The Siskiyous” photo booth run by photographer Don Hall (far left) and Rajiv Hotek (far right).

Guests – like Nina B. Holzer (above) – were able to choose from a variety of clothing items, accessories and props and dress up as their very own version of a saint. The images were printed on the spot, and the newly “sainted” visitors could name them and post them on the wall in the gallery.

This creative photo booth idea was a big hit with the crowd, and the saints kept marchin’ in over the course of the entire evening.

Meanwhile, the Yreka Art Walk was going on throughout the historic district of town and it included a new venue that people were quite excited about.

The vacant building on Miner Street has been for sale for years. Celia Balderee (above left), chief organizer of the Yreka Art Walk, contacted the owner and pitched the idea of participating in the art walk, and the building was open for the first time in ages.

With its raw concrete floors, brick walls and high, open ceiling, the building cleaned up real good and made a gorgeous venue for art, including the two pieces above by Jon Rife (in red cap).

Liberty Arts would like to extend a hearty “Thank You!” to all our visitors, friends and guests who joined us for this special summertime celebration.  We would especially like to thank all our Members for their continued support and creative contributions, which have helped make Mulligatawny the best Members’ Exhibition yet!

Mulligatawny runs through: Saturday, September 8th, 2012.

Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm

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Top Featured Image: A guest contemplates a painting by Marlis Jermutus.

Photos and Text by Liberty Arts’ Marketing Director, Nikolas Allen.

3 Responses

  1. Brenda Woods says:

    This was the best Members show yet. Great work, quality and variety. Not to mention the amazing photo booth fun, music and art walk. What a special evening!! Thanks yet again Liberty:}

  2. kim presley says:

    Great job, Nikolas, in presenting the excitement of the evening! This all comes together because of the many members of this enthusiastic arts community, all doing their part in preparing space, coming together to install the work and sharing their time and creativity. YES!

    • admin says:

      It was an exciting evening indeed, Kim, and the community really did show their support! Another successful and memorable night celebrating art in Yreka.