Ever wonder what that smiling barista is really thinking as he or she hands you your coffee mug and croissant wrapped in wax paper? We do, too. One of the coolest parts of First Friday this evening will be the chance to get a little insight into the creative minds of baristas, bakers and cooks of the neighborhood gathering spot Bernice’s Bakery, when the employees exhibit their own paintings, pottery, photography and fashion art.
After a shot of coffee at Bernice’s we’ll probably head down the block to Betty’s Divine to survey some "rock 'n' roll" piñatas inspired by the upcoming independent three-day rock fest, Total Fest IX. The piñatas are not to be whacked until the "a-buck-a-wack" contest at the Record Swap Saturday, Aug 21., but you can admire them while drinking some wine and beer and listening to some live music by Colin Johnson. Be sure to stop by Taco Del Sol to see a photo retrospective of past Total Fests, plus Total Fest posters by Tom Dewar, which are the bomb. Totally awesome.
Here is another thing we find intriguing: Right in the same neighborhood as Bernice’s and Betty’s is a new gallery called The Gallery at 4th & Oak, which is, not surprisingly, located at 4th and Oak streets. Studio owners Laura Blaker and Nancy Seiler will be there to welcome us with open arms (we hope) and to show off their artwork in the new space, which is upstairs in the old brick building at 615 Oak St.
That’s just the beginning. There’s plenty more art fun to be had across the Higgins Ave. bridge downtown, including on into the Northside at the Ceretana (801 Sherwood) where artists Ladypajama and Josh Ludwick will probably surprise us with kooky drawings of odd characters among other imaginative things. Unlike most art shows tonight that last between 5 and 8 p.m., this one will appeal to night crawlers since it goes until 11 p.m.