Executive director thanks everyone involved in Friday art walk
To the editor:
Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk is grateful to everyone who participated in art walk’s February theme “The Art of Love: Film, Photography and Poetry.” It was a new theme we were excited to try.
It was a very cold night last Friday. Many chose not to leave the warmth of their homes to venture outside that windy evening. Those brave souls who did choose to attend Friday’s festivities were able to feel the “Love” and partake in a variety of events centered around the expression of love through art.
A huge thank you goes to our February event sponsor, Hawthorne Direct, who has been a long-time supporter of our organization since its inception.
A warm thank you goes out to everyone involved in the lineup of Friday’s events.
At the Sondheim Center for Performing Arts, we offered the classic 1957 film starring Cary Grant, “An Affair to Remember.” Rarely does anyone have a chance to see such a classic love story on the big screen. Our MC for the evening was film aficionado Ken Malloy who shared with attendees interesting bits of trivia about the film. We really appreciate Ken sharing his knowledge about the film with us.
We are very thankful to producer and casting director Kim Busbee and director Scott Thompson who chose to come to Fairfield for a question-and-answer session regarding their film “Molly’s Girl,” which played at Central Park Furnishings and starred Fairfield locals Sandra Ward and Emily Schweitz. This film had won an award at a Welsh film festival and will go in to International distribution in March. We also want to thank Fairfield Best Western for providing accommodations for our out-of-town “Molly’s Girl” guests.
The Carolyn Waksman Photography workshop show at ICON was a smashing success and truly showcased the passion of the art of photography. The romantic photography exhibit held at Henderson Framing and Gallery evoked the spirit of love, and Tina Starnes was the winner of the romantic photography contest.
The poetry readings hosted by Earth and Water Tea Shop made attendees weak in the knees. Musician David Seagull was MC for the event and also serenaded attendees between poems with his love songs. Over 13 community poets read 40 poems that honored and expressed the feelings of love. Poet Oscar Argueta won the poetry contest with his passionate poems read in English and Spanish.
A heartfelt thanks goes out to Hy-Vee for donating the delicious chocolate kisses and providing the most heavenly scented roses that many purchased for their sweethearts that night.
We also want to share our gratitude to all the volunteers and supporters who came to help and support art walk last Friday: Holland Webb, Holly Jeffrey, Alan Shank, Tim Hawthorne, June Lowenberg, John Strouss, Anastasia Hirschman, Geoffrey Webb, Davis Lowenberg, Novena Cole, Sheila Peck, Deb Finney, Suzy Pool, Sheryl Bergren, Kevin Churchill and Jeremy Houg.
Final thanks go out to all of the businesses that are sponsoring and supporting art walk.
Last but not least, Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk wants to thank the community as a whole for attending this art walk and all other art walk events. Without your community support, art walk would not be what it is.
— Dania De Bortoli, executive director and event coordinator for Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk