All Aboard the Art Walk in Colfax on September 13

The Colfax Art Walk kicks off the annual Railroad Days celebration early this year, on September 13 with lots of great artists and activities.

As promised during the August Art Walk, the Kids’ Community Canvases and the winning art from the Children’s Art Show will be on display at the Pop Up Gallery, at 14 N. Main. And since the Community Canvases were such a big hit with Colfax’s children, another Community Canvas will be set up just outside the Pop Up Gallery on the sidewalk.

But that’s not all going on in the Pop Up Gallery. It will also host the original jewelry creations of Tara Beaton. Beaton is the granddaughter of very legendary Rocklin jewelry artist and founder of the city of Rocklin’s Theater Arts program, Connie Omans. Beginning at 7 pm, Colfax musician, John Potter, will join Beaton in the Pop Up gallery, playing progressive soft rock.

So, bring you kids with you to the Art Walk and let them have at it on the Community Canvas while you peruse Beaton’s original jewelry collection and listen (or dance?) to Potter’s musical renditions.

As an Art Walk special feature, the Sierra Vista Art Center, at 55 School St., will host a joint exhibit by Colfax artists Richard Swayze and Dick Hough. They’ve talked about doing an exhibit together for 18 years, and this month everything came together for them. Having been in shows throughout Northern California, both artists have won numerous awards during their separate careers. They’re excited to premier a joint exhibit of their latest works here in their hometown of Colfax.

If you wandered around town during the August Art Walk, you couldn’t help but see Lauren Williams, of Grass Valley, taking photographs all over town. The Colfax Art Walk Facebook page posted a sampling of the nearly 100 photographs she took. In addition, her photographs were used to create a new cover image.

This month Williams will not only be back taking more pictures but will have her own photography exhibit at our newest restaurant, the Kitchen Garden. Kitchen Garden, featuring a delicious farm to table menu, opened just two days before the August Art Walk and has already become a hit with foodies. You can get a two-fer: a great meal or tasty appetizers while enjoying a wonderful collection of William’s photographs.

Pam Wilkinson returns to the Colfax Greek Bistro. A big hit last year, Pam will be showing newly completed oils and plein air. Wilkinson, a resident of Sun City in Roseville, has also shown in the Blue Line Gallery, Timber Creek Gallery and as part of the Art League of Lincoln’s Phantom Gallery. Her plein air fences were a really big hit last year because of the visual conundrum they caused: “Is the fence keeping me out or keeping others away?”

Over at Ammo Camo and Bait, wonderful animal portrait and landscape artist, Margie Comer from Lincoln, will exhibit a new collection of her award winning paintings. Meanwhile, Connie Heilman, owner of the Creative Co-op, will exhibit a new collection her own paintings at the Co-op, and Brian Morris returns for a second, held-over showing at Main St. Pizza.

For a complete list of venues and featured artists, view the online map at You can also pick up a free map at any of the participating businesses in Colfax, marked prominently by red “Colfax Art Walk” signs.

—Colfax Art Walk

(Painting: Margie Comer of Lincoln, above; Dick Hogue of Colfax, below)

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