Interactive Art Reception, Live Music & After Party

What: Interactive Art Reception, Group Exhibit, Live Music & After Party

When: Friday (Nov. 5), 5-8 p.m.

Where: Red Bluff Art Gallery, 601 Walnut Street, Red Bluff


Two new art exhibits open at the Red Bluff Art Gallery on Friday, November 5, from 5-8 PM. The Opening Reception coincides with First Friday Art Night and Red Bluff’s Annual Art Walk. An interactive art display by John N. Stewart and a 50-member group exhibit both open Friday night.

“Open to Interpretation” will open in the Main Hall with works exclusively by the 50 members of the Red Bluff Art Gallery. Most of the members are local artists.

John N. Stewart opens his interactive art exhibit in the Window Gallery. The three main pieces are assemblage wall sculptures.  One of them, entitled  “Pick A President” is a farcical political piece that has various elements: a real bullhorn, a genuine fossil, a political platform, and a party animal.  It is interactive in that the viewer selects a head, then watches as it rolls through the sculpture. Music plays as it descends into the bottom tray.

In addition to the three assemblage pieces there will be five small wall sculptural units utilizing old letterpress blocks originally done by notable Los Angeles artists from the 30s and 40s.  There is one large full sheet watercolor included called “Tokyo Compu” painted by Stewart in 1987, along with a large wooden construction wall piece called “Tube Tester.”  Sculptor Louise Nevelson probably influenced this piece.  It is mostly wood, but has inlays of copper and 24 karat gold leaf.

Stewart studied with the Famous Artist’s Schools in 1956; received a scholarship to Chouinard Art Institute in 1958; and later attended the Art Center School in Los Angeles in the early 60s.  He had a 25-year career as a Scenic Artist for the entertainment industry with projects for television, motion picture and stage productions. He also did special art projects for Disneyland, Disney World, Epcot and Animal Kingdom.
The reception for the two opening exhibits coincides with First Friday Art Night and Red Bluff’s Annual Art Walk. It will feature food and live music provided by the “Four Shari’s.”

An “After Party” will take place at Eccentric Sculptor Jay Murphy’s home studio after 8 p.m. Jay’s place is located at 710 Rio Street (Pine & Rio) in downtown Red Bluff. The public is welcome.

An artists’ reception for the new exhibits will be held at the gallery on Friday, November 5th, from 5-8 PM. Dress is casual and everyone is welcome. More information at

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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Red Bluffian says:

    Visitors can pick up ArtWalk maps at participating venues, which have large purple 'ArtWalk' flags in front of them. Approximately 25 businesses in downtown Red Bluff will feature artists, food, wine and entertainment between 5-9 pm Friday night.

    Participating venues are located along Main St., Walnut St., Washington St., Jefferson St., Oak St., and Rio St.

    It's ALL FREE to visitors!

    The ArtWalk is an annual event sponsored by the Tehama County ArtWalk.

  2. Avatar John N. Stewart says:

    Appreciate the wonderful coverage of this event………thank you!