Temecula’s First Friday art exhibitions showcase talented artists at The Merc and Civic Center

TEMECULA – The community is invited to start 2018 off with art, culture and entertainment by attending Temecula’s First Friday of the new year with the debut of a whole new Art Off The Walls experience in Temecula’s conference center at the Civic Center, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5.

The Gallery at The Merc, 42051 Main Street, will host artist receptions.

Begin the free monthly art crawl at The Gallery at The Merc, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., for an artist reception. Meet the artistic duo Walter and Daniel Santos. Walter Santos, an accomplished photographer, will be exhibiting his captivating landscape portraits. Daniel Santos, a noted still-life painter, paints from a chiaroscuro viewpoint using strongly contrasting effects of light and shadow. Refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by Mike Sut in The Merc.

The new Art off the Walls venue, Temecula’s Conference Center at the Civic Center, 41000 Main Street, will host local artists exhibiting in all mediums. Enjoy delicious refreshments, a live musical performance by Bob Bozonelos and a captivating outdoor hula-hoop performance by Hillia Hula Hoop Extraordinaire, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The city of Temecula Community Services Department supports Art Off The Walls, which allows the public to meet artists, purchase original artwork, enjoy refreshments and listen to live music at two locations in Old Town Temecula.

The Truax Group, Bernard Truax II, Bernard Truax III and Ross Jackson, has hosted Art Off The Walls in the beautiful Truax Building for the past three years, helping to elevate and to celebrate talented artists in the community and the city will continue that tradition at the new location in the Civic Center.

For more information on arts, culture and entertainment in Temecula, contact the Temecula Community Services Department at (951) 694-6480. Artisans interested in exhibiting at First Friday events may contact the ACE team at (951) 694-6417.

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