Geoff and I have some pretty fantastic people in our lives. Our pals Adriel and Sandy happen to be two of our closest and dearest friends. Sandy is an art educator as well as a fine artist herself, dabbling in a mix of various mediums from painting and scratch board, to video production and photography. Her love, Adriel, happens to be a very successful manager and planner, from managing properties to hosting and throwing events showcasing local talents. Both have a passion to bring more of the arts to their community of Riverside, CA, as well as allow the opportunity for seasoned and up and coming artists to present their works to the public.
Last Saturday they did just that with their event A Night Of Photography. The show took place in a warehouse in Riverside. Local artists from the Inland Empire (many from my alma mater CSU, San Bernardino!) exhibited their beautifully unique photographs around the space. Wine was served by Adriel’s father, Mario, and home brewed beers were sampled from their friend Manny. I loved that it seemed like a family affair, so much support from friends and family went in to creating such a fun night. Big Wave Grill food truck served burgers and tacos while a DJ spinned groovy tunes. I especially loved seeing Sandy’s slide show of photographs she took of her cousin (they used our master bathtub for part of the series of photographs…anything in the name of art, right?).
Jack especially loved the night. His favorite photographs were taken by an artist from CSUSB whose style was very reminiscent of Rothko (babies dig abstract and contrasting colors). Being very excited parents, we decided to purchase the artwork to remember the evening and tell Jack about his first art show. Maybe an art critic in the making?
The great artworks, food and beverages aside, I think I was more excited to see such a successful evening birthed out of our friends’ hard work. It’s really something to witness two people you love bring community together. I kept watching them mingle with guests, work under pressure at times, hug each other, and take in the night they created.
Can’t wait for the next show!