Artifacts 07.05.17

Cartoonist Bridgett Spicer, left, creator of comic strip Squid Row, is leaving Salinas for Portland, Oregon.

  • Artist Marion Serres practices the ancient craft of hand weaving from her home studio, which is stocked with rainbows of yarns and fibers. She works on a loom, surrounded by sketches, wall hangings and wearables. She also volunteers with Animal Friends Rescue Project as a foster mom to kittens. I feel a cute-wave coming on… must… fight… argh!… Salinas Valley Art Gallery, where she’s been a member for 30 years, holds a reception for her as July’s featured artist 5-8pm Friday, July 7. 422-4162.
  • Bridgett Spicer, cartoonist of locavore comic strip Squid Row, is closing up shop in Salinas and moving to Portland. She’s one of the sweetest people in town and will be missed by many, especially on First Friday in Oldtown (5-8pm July 7) where she was a cheerful presence. Squid Row will continue, she says; it will just relocate from the fictionalized Cypress Bay Area to Portlandia. So you can keep reading.
  • Peninsula artist Tatiana Hart is unveiling her exhibit SHE/HER 6-7pm Friday, July 7 at Monterey Peace & Justice Center in Seaside. According to a press release, she works in mixed media, paintings and drawings and explores the representation of women. So far so good. Then it gets all art-speaky: “By emphasizing aesthetics, the work entices the viewer into an investigation of the abstract or unknown in relation to individual identity. While walking the division between memory and experience, she tries to develop compositions based on subjective associations and formal parallels.” I don’t know what that means, but I might want to see the show even more because of it. It’s up until July 30.
  • The riches of digital content collides with the accessibility of libraries, and the result is thousands of movies, TV shows, music albums, e-books, audiobooks and comics. The Monterey Public Library has formed a bountiful relationship with content hoarder hoopla that makes this prospect a reality for cardholders. Just download the free app or go to hoopla’s website and stream. We’re talking movies like I Am Not Your NegroNew York I Love You and Sharknado 3 (hey, every streaming service has some filler). There’s music from PrinceKendrick (he only needs one name now),Katy Perry, a category called Featured on NPR. There’s James BondBeowulfTom Burns docs, standup, Boxcar Children, poetry. It’s easy, free, 24/7. You have no excuse not to fill your head with ideas, art, music and stories. Except, of course, if you’re caught up in playing Candy Crush. But that’s your journey. The library’s done its part.

Walter Ryce has been an arts writer, calendar editor, culture columnist, sometime photographer, and one-time web content coordinator for the Monterey County Weekly. He began working at the paper, which is based in his hometown of Seaside, in 2007.

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