First Friday art exhibitions present talented artists at The Merc and Truax, Nov. 3

TEMECULA – The community is invited to take a walk in Old Town Temecula and step into the creative ambiance of Art Off The Walls at two different locations from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.

At the Gallery at The Merc, 42051 Main Street, guests can start their evening with an artist reception and awards ceremony for the participants of Temecula’s 10th annual Ralph Love Plein Air Competition. Each competing artist was given one week to paint original works inspired by Temecula’s local scenery. Meet the artists and view their entries while enjoying live music and light refreshments.

The awards include Best of Show, first place, second place and third place. New to the competition this year is the public’s opportunity to choose their favorite painting to win the people’s choice award. Ballots will be available in The Merc during the two month long exhibit, Nov. 3 through Dec. 31.

At the Truax Building, 41923 Second Street, guest can continue their evening of art, culture and entertainment at Temecula’s award-winning First Fridays Art Off The Walls, 6 to 9 p.m., in The Truax Building featuring the Inland Empire Photo Club. In addition to this display, over 20 local artists will be exhibiting in all mediums. Enjoy refreshments and live musical performances by Bob Bozonelos and Mike Sut.

Temecula’s strong cultural arts resources support local economic development and enhance the city’s overall quality of life.

“We are all proud partners in Temecula’s success and the resulting community pride is what unites us,” Mayor Maryann Edwards said. The result is the transformation of Old Town Temecula into a thriving cultural arts district, attracting new visitors, generating revenue and giving the area new life by attracting developers, merchants, residents and visitors.

For more information, contact the city of Temecula Community Services Department at (951) 694-6480. Artisans interested in exhibiting at First Friday events may contact the Arts, Culture and Entertainment Team at (951) 694-6417.

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