At last Fridays art crawl someone commented that the photos I just took were merely "art replicating art". Of coarse my pictures are a bit more than that. More of a documentation of the people, and happenings in the Canal District.
The day was a marathon for me. On the go from noon to midnight with the final crash taking place at my bed around 2:00AM after attempting to upload and edit all the days photos.
The first event of my day was not artsy at all. The Holyoke Economic Development Summit, held at held at Heritage State Park, was a discussion of economic development opportunities and solutions to help further revitalize the city. About 50 residents, business, and community leaders attended the summit. Here are some notes of the event from Hello Holyoke.
After a quick visit to a cookout at Carlos and Elaine Vega's house I headed down to the 'Bring Your Own Restaurant', Holyoke's plein air potluck by the side of the canals. This has become one of my favorite Holyoke events. It really is a lot of fun, and it went well with the Spring open studios event on Friday. Since I already ate I dropped off a cooler full of drinks, and walked over to the Open Square for my first art exhibit of the evening.
"SYSTEM" featuring the art of Denis Luzuriaga was on the 4th floor of the Open Square. It was almost over when I got there, but still a few familiar faces greeted me.
There was also little bit of performance art happening out the window as a man threatened to jump from the train trestle over Lyman Street. The police eventually talked him down. Story from the Republican
I went back down to the BYOR to grab a drink, and exchanged photos with Holyoke Sun correspondent Dennis Hohenberger.
Then over to Paper City Studios to see “Maverick Mechanisms", yet another in their great series of art exhibits. This was 4th open studios event they put together, and judging by the number of cars parked on Race street their biggest one to date.
Back out to the BYOR to grab another drink.
And over to Parsons Hall Project Space for the other half of the open studios event - a cool show called "Speculation(Elation)3 Visions of Life, Land and Letters".
Back outside to see the neat-o spot light effect off the canal. "Can HG&E buy that and keep it up permanently?" I was asked.
People still having a good time at the BYOR.
Back into Parsons Hall.
And finally sit down at the BYOR.
It was a great day with lots of great Holyoke friends.
70 Photo Slideshow of all the day's events.
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