New downtown art and antiques event launched

Chalk art, fashion show, hands-on art activites, an antique faire on this weekend's schedule
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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Judi Nicholson has a passion for the arts. She’s a regular attendee of the 3rd Saturday Art Walk. She also coordinates the City of Roseville’s cultural arts program. Roseville residents will now have a chance to share Nicholson’s passion at this weekend’s inaugural Art and Antiques event. During the two-day event, eight downtown venues will open their doors for attendees to check out the free event, which will feature food, music and, of course, art. “I’m very excited the downtown merchants have come together to make this happen,” Nicholson said. Saturday’s event includes hands-on art activities for children and adults, a vintage fashion show, chalk art, live music, food vendors and a classic car show. Plein air artists will set up their easels in front of the 404 Gallery and paint the scenes around them, which gives passerby a chance to observe artists in action. In the evening, Roseville’s 3rd Saturday Art Walk will take place. Sunday’s event features an antique street faire with more than 50 vendors. In the afternoon, A Dash of Panache will host “vintage high tea.” Last year, a group of merchants decided they wanted to make the 3rd Saturday Art Walk a bigger event. The monthly art walk regularly attracts members of the art community, but many Roseville residents don’t yet take advantage of the event, Nicholson said. She worked with downtown business owners to organize this week’s special event, said John Javidan, vice president of the Downtown Roseville Merchants Association. His company, Johny 5 Productions, is putting on the Art and Antiques event. “It’s free and there’s going to be a bunch of cool stuff to do,” Javidan said. He and his daughter plan on taking part in the sidewalk chalk art. Chalk will be provided by Chalk it Up, a non-profit organization based in Sacramento that funds arts education. “(The chalk art program) is Earth Day themed and it’s an opportunity for people to express their commitment to respecting the earth,” Nicholson said. “It’s amazing to see what can be done with sidewalk chalk art.” Downtown art events complement the city’s efforts to revitalize this area of Roseville, she said. In the past several years, the city has renovated Old Town, and completed Vernon Street and Riverside Avenue streetscape projects — all three projects included beautification and infrastructure improvements. “We’re trying to make a family and pedestrian-friendly downtown, and arts have a huge impact on the success of that,” Nicholson said. “Our goal is to make more people aware what’s down here.” Contact Sena Christian at ---------- The Art and Antiques event takes place 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at several venues in downtown Roseville. For a detailed schedule, visit ---------- Saturday events: Hands-on art for all ages: reCREATE Eco-Art Center and Blue Line Gallery, 400 block of Vernon Street Plein air artists: 404 Gallery, 404 Vernon Street Sidewalk chalk art: 311 Vernon Street. Registration required Vintage fashion show: Boho Boutique, 518 Vernon Street Music and food: Johny 5 Productions and Civic Center Plaza, 311 Vernon Street Classic car show: Civic Center parking lot, 311 Vernon Street 3rd Saturday Art Walk: 3rd Saturday venues and 700 Douglas Boulevard After party: Community Art Center, 190 Park Drive Sunday events: Antique faire: 400 block of Oak Street Vintage high tea: A Dash of Panache, 217 Vernon Street