With the lazy days of summer almost upon us, we take a break from our strenuous art walks of months past and instead head to a single venue with multiple galleries.

We start our journey near the appropriately artsy John Ford statue and head up Pleasant Street. Before we arrive at our ultimate destination, we make a pit stop at CHELLISWILSON (17 Pleasant St.), where we check out the “15 Points” show featuring new vintage textile work from Lisa Tichy.

Next, we walk just a few feet up the sidewalk to the Bakery Building complex and dive into an explosion of art and creativity.

First stop is ART HOUSE PICTURE FRAMES (61 Pleasant St.). Here, we find a display of work created by people participating in ArtVan’s mobile arts therapy programs.

Next, we scoot around the left side of the BAKERY BUILDING (61 Pleasant St.) and enter through the door toward the back. A number of artist studios are open, but we won’t want to miss these venues on the second floor:

The prestigious PEREGRINE PRESS serves up a Spring Cleaning Sale with everything priced at $100 or less (and many pieces selling for under $25). The cooperative’s museum-quality printmakers are clearing out their files to make room for new work, and we get to reap the benefits.

In an adjacent studio space, we find ROBIN MCCARTHY and her fabulous collage work. She often uses maps as a starting point, with books being another common theme.

Also nearby is the ADDISON WOOLLEY GALLERY, which is showing “New Eyes for Nature’s Work.” This exhibit features two very different takes on the natural world with photographs from Dave Wade and Fran Vita-Taylor.

The wine tends to flow freely in these studios, so the party is sure to run past the standard 8 p.m. closing time. But when we’re ready to call it quits, Artemisa Cafe (in the same building) is always a solid choice for a creative dinner.

 

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