Artists, musicians and spectators gathered for the Claremont Art Walk on April 5.
Vendors of many different art mediums displayed their best original pieces at the monthly event. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., spectators and art enthusiasts were able to browse the Claremont Village for diverse styles of art such as music, photography and duct tape accessories.
One popular location that hosted many exhibits was The Packing House. Home to several businesses, restaurants and galleries, The Packing House welcomed art supporters.
Among the several art merchants was 13-year old Kristen Koepp, who presented handcrafted duct tape accessories like wallets, bracelets and coin pursues.
“Me and my friend heard about duct tape things and we just grabbed my dad’s duct tape and started making them,” Koepp said.
“I love making duct tape wallets since you can really use them and show them off. People think that it’s the craziest idea but they think I’m creative and talented.”
While Koepp displayed her duct tape accessories, Perma Dirty, a gallery in the Packing House, greeted guests with a reception, tarot card readings and three band performances.
Ella Anderson, a Los Angeles resident, was in attendance to see her friend perform.
“I like that there is a lot of youth here,” Anderson said. It’s pretty cool.”
“The space is very welcoming and offers a different climate than L.A. I would say downtown L.A. is more isolated but art is kind of accidentally available for the public. For here, you kind of have to know about it to be able to go,” she said.
Also in attendance was Perma Dirty owner, Cynde Miller. Miller only opens the gallery on the first Friday of the month, unless another artists use the space.
“The first Fridays of the month, we always have some sort of event. Sometimes it is dance, music or collaborations,” Miller said. “I hope we can be one of the spaces that helps connect younger people to art.”
Although modern art was popular at the Claremont artwalk, Sylvia Diego, a Cal State Los Angeles student, took a different approach in her display. Diego’s display consisted of homemade dream catchers.
“I am part of an arts community in Riverside called Xicoco Shamanic Art and we do ancient forms of art,” she said.
“The web is woven by grandmother spider and it’s kind of the spider that determines our fate.”
“It is symbolic of weaving your dreams. You’re weaving your life,” Diego said.
The Claremont Art Walk is free to the public every first Friday of every month.
Karla Rendon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.