|Mayor Gierlach listens to local artist|
Melodia Roche describe her creative process,
in front of her work, at Dandelion Fine Art and Gifts.
The Nederland First Friday Art Tour occurs on the first Friday of each month at 5:00-8:00pm from May through August.
First Friday is endowed by the Nederland Downtown Development Authority (NDDA) and Community Center Foundation. In June, the Art at the Center event will also be part of the tour.
These First Friday tours are a great way to meet the artists and have an in-depth conversation about their creative process. I have really enjoyed discussing imagination, ingenuity, and inventiveness during the Art at the Center events.
For example, in May, I was able to connect with local artist Melodia Roche, and learn how she views each project as a "cocoon for new thoughts and feelings to emerge". She employs techniques to bring out her subconscious presence, like painting during live musical performances – most recently Gipsy Moon, who played for our visiting delegates from Tajikistan. She paints in oil which can stay wet for longer periods. This way, she can swirl the color around until the paint tells her what it wants to become. She draws much of her inspiration from nature.
Each month, a new map of participating businesses and their artists is published. Anyone can participate and it's free. (Businesses and/or artists can have a larger listing on the map for $25 which helps with printing and advertising.) The deadline to register is the 15th of the month.
For details, see the Nederland First Fridays section of the Nederland Downtown Development Authority webpage.