Clear the Schedule for Saturday

The holidays have concluded, the lights have come off the house and relatives have made it safely back home. Now what?

2nd Saturday ArtHop is what.

From 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Redding will once again become a very happenin’ place. For a full list of artists and a map of participating businesses, pick up a free Enjoy magazine and flip to the back five pages. (There’s also a download option from the magazine’s site.)

The ArtHop kick-off takes place from 5 to 6 p.m. at Backyard Destinations (2948 Bechelli Lane) with music by the adorable duo Still Married (Erin and Craig Friedman). Featuring the songs of the sweet-voiced and talented Erin Friedman, they will perform material from their latest CD: “Sacramento River Whispers.”


Barbara Enochian’s mixed-media piece “Pink Fireweed.”

While you’re at Backyard Destinations, don’t forget to check out the walls, where the work of Redding artist Barbara Enochian will be hanging. Enochian has been making beautiful works (and teaching art) for nearly 30 years in the north state. In addition to watercolor and acrylic works, the show at Backyard Destinations features her newer collage works, which are her current passion.

Enochian takes brown shopping bags and paints them in many different colors, then rips the bags up. She then applies the pieces to canvas and arranges them until she’s happy.

“It’s just a building process, a little like doing a crossword puzzle,” Enochian said of her mixed-media pieces. “It’s really fun. It’s like being in first grade again.”


Enochian’s “Autumn Leaves.”

A few of artist Michael Thompson’s large acrylic pieces also remain on display at Backyard Destinations.

As is the rule with Art Hop, there are far too many options to hit everything on a single night. Melissa Gulden writes about many of the options for parents taking their kids out Saturday. Another option that’s hard to pass up is a free sneak preview of the Dance Project’s upcoming show “Exposed.” The preview runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Cascade Theatre.

Once again I want to encourage readers to take the Enjoy map and catch what you miss Saturday on other days or evenings. The National Juried Art Show is up at the North Valley Art League’s Carter House Gallery (48 Quartz Hill Road), and a group show by Rodney Thompson, Anne Kinkade, Belinda Hanson and Kathy Valentine is showing at the Shasta County Arts Council’s Old City Hall Gallery (1313 Market St.). An artist demonstration by Raette Meredith will be happening at Vintner’s Cellar (1700 California St.) and look for live music at Vintage Wine Bar — the, hello!, stellar gypsy swing band ROMA — (1700 California St.), Kimberly Nicole Boutique (1510 Market St.), and Downtown Eatery and Libations (1344 Market St.).

Jim Dyar

is a journalist who focuses on arts, entertainment, music and the outdoors. He is a songwriter and leader of the Jim Dyar Band. He lives in Redding and can be reached at jimd.anewscafe@gmail.com

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