Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lots of Fun for Temecula and Old Town for the Next three Months

Street Painting & Ralph Love Plein Air Festival Kicks Off Summer In Old Town

Over 100 muralists and visual artists create giant pastel murals on Main Street in Old Town Temecula during the event. Families, children, and beginners join in the creative endeavor in the family section where more than 500 smaller squares are blocked out for spectators to paint with pastels on the asphalt canvas.

The Black and White at Night division is for monochromatic and black and white murals. Lights will be provided the artists for night time painting until 9 p.m. All artists can paint into the night, but the lighting purpose was to encourage monochromatic paintings.

“Many artists want to enter both categories; the traditional full color palette and the black and white at night. It’s a new challenge that they are eager to try,” Brunsting added.

Traditional street painting is done with a full color palette of pastels. Pre-registered artists receive a 48-piece set of artist’s pastel chalk. The traditionalists and families will start Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. Their creations often take 12 to 20 hours to complete.

The 2010 featured artist is local muralist Jesus Gutierrez. He won the 2009 event for his entry “Aztec Princess.” A special treat this year is provided by the art students at Mount San Jacinto College/San Jacinto campus. They will be creating a giant 3D painting on Main Street similar to the popular “chalk guy” Julian Beaver.

The Ralph Love Plein Air Festival started three years ago and offers a $500 purchase award from the City of Temecula. An event within the event, Plein Air artists paint on location on canvas.

Plein Air Artists will scatter throughout Old Town in search of the perfect scene depicting the historic town. The event was named after Ralph Love. For many years, Ralph Love taught as well as painted. His students were made up of avid artists throughout Southern California, and their classroom was the wide-open spaces. On rainy days, the class would meet in the old Art Shack in Temecula, California, which Love opened in the mid-fifties. It was from this Art Shack that his work received national recognition. The courtyard at Old Town Front Street Bar & Grill is now known as the Love Courtyard and the scene of numerous concerts during Hot Summer Nights.

Both art events are free to the public and one of the many event offerings provided by the City of Temecula during Summerfest. Artists can still register for the events and children and families can participate at the event without registration. They are provided free pastel chalk and a place to try their creative hand at street painting. Classic Rock tunes from the Two of Us will entertain Friday evening. Flamenco guitar by Javid and Maoko provide a Latin and world music backdrop on Saturday. Sunday live Big Band tunes by the Valley Winds will close out the Festivals.

A Plein Air Art Auction is held Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Applications for both Plein Air artists and Street Painters are available at www.temeculacalifornia.com or by calling (951) 678-1456.

Every Friday, July 9th - September 3rd, 6 to 9 p.m.
Old Town Temecula Hot Summer Nights
Take a Friday Night vacation from the work week in Old Town Temecula during Hot Summer Nights, July 9 through September 3, 2010. The weekly Friday night series of entertainment and music is part of the City of Temecula’s Summerfest promotion that began with the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival June 4th and finishes with Labor Day Weekend.

Hot Summer Nights opens July 9, 6 to 9 p.m., with a musically-charged line up of Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz, The Silver Beatles, and Guilty Conscience playing at different locations in Old Town.

Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz, a rocking blues band that packs Old Town Temecula every year, returns to the Old Town Front Street Bar & Grill (Baily’s Courtyard from 6 to 9 p.m. The concert is free.

Every Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Temecula Creek Inn
The Art of Brunch
Every four weeks the TEmecula Creek Inn presents a visual artist during their Sunday Brunch. These artists are from all over Southern California. They paint or demonstrate while exhibiting their artwork during brunch. Coming over the next two months : Ingrid Wright and Sally Bly. Check with the Inn for reservations. Here's your chance to buy an original, meet the artist, and enjoy a great Sunday Brunch. Temecula Creek Inn every Sunday.
Saturday, July 17, 2010, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hollywood U2 delivers a tribute show of epic proportions!

Wilson Creek Winery welcomes the best U2 tribute band of all time in the heart of Temecula Wine Country! Come join us on Saturday July 17, 2010 for an unforgettable evening among the vines with good friends, spectacular wines and awesome music.

Joe Hier brings a voice as mesmerizing and soulful as the reaL Bono's. Add to that the coincidentally similar looks and Hiers brilliant acting and voila - he quickly transforms into the famous U2 frontman. This band is not simply U2 impersonators, but consummate musicians who bring the true heart of U2 to every performance, they successfully capture the bands essence to produce a dynamic, exciting and amazingly realistic experience thats on par with seeing the band live. The Hollywood U2 shows bring the respect that U2, their music, and their fans deserve through the precision, excitement, and exact emulation of a U2 concert. http://www.wilsoncreekwinery.com/