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Livermore ArtWalk set for this weekend

New cultural events added to annual showcase

More than 150 artists will be on hand to interact with visitors as ArtWalk returns to downtown Livermore for its 16th year, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m this Saturday, sponsored by Bothwell Arts Center.

Everyone is invited to explore the wide range of works, from contemporary to classical, abstract to realism, pottery to jewelry and mixed media. Displays will be clustered throughout downtown parks, sidewalks, galleries, wine bars, restaurants and shops.

New this year will be cultural arts demonstrations on the stage at the Bankhead Plaza in front of the theater. Throughout the day, local groups will perform music and dance including the African cultural group Cheza Nami, the Livermore American Indian Center, the Hawaiian Halau Makani Lani, and a demonstration of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art with Giga Mundo of Arena Training Center.

Also, the Livermore Cultural Arts Council will offer free music at Livermorium Park with the Celtic sounds of Gabe Duffin and Friends, jazz combos and more. The Livermore Drum Circle and Kindermusik, as well as arts and crafts projects for children, will be at Lizzie Fountain.

Fifteen colorful banners, hand-painted by local artists, are already hung on poles throughout the downtown area in advance of the event, featuring many subjects, themes and visual styles. All 15 banners are available for sale through online auction on eBay from now until Oct. 14 to support the Bothwell Arts Center.

ArtWalk, which involves the entire community, will have members of the Disabled Veteran's Painting Program show their work at the Chamber of Commerce; and high school art will be on display in the Bankhead lobby. Currently, the Gallery at the Bankhead is exhibiting "Livermore Paint Out: Historical Livermore and its Vineyards," more than 40 works featuring landmarks and landscapes that make the city distinctive.

Information and maps for ArtWalk activities are available online at www.bothwell.lvpac.org.

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