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The Oaks Art Walk: A chance to view art in a different setting

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A closer look at some of the things for sale at the Yu-neek booth. Photo credit: Nikolas Gigena

A closer look at some of the things for sale at the Yu-neek booth. Photo credit: Nikolas Gigena

A closer look at some of the things for sale at the Yu-neek booth. Photo credit: Nikolas Gigena

By Nikolas Gigena

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This past weekend, the Thousand Oaks Art Walk hosted artists of different backgrounds and mediums to display their artwork to the public, and sharing the stories that come with the process of making the pieces.

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A photo of some booths and people observing the artwork. Photo credit: Nikolas Gigena

This helps members of the community understand the process of making art, while also supporting the artists who have spent countless hours on their craft. Every booth is unique, with varying styles of mediums and textures from each artist.

The people who attended the Art Walk came from different backgrounds, and were each looking for something different. Everyone has their own interpretation of what “art” is.

Richard H. Freund of the “Fine Art from Found Objects” booth had this to say.

“You just have to let your imagination run wild and look for the pieces that best fit your interpretation of the concept,” said Freund.

This event made it easy for customers to be able to communicate with artists and get a better understanding of the art they are interested in. Whether it be a painting for their living room, or a piece of jewelry for a loved one, customers were able to learn the process and story behind the piece of work.

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Michael Phillips booth of all original paintings. Photo credit: Nikolas Gigena

Many of the artists who set up booths at the Art Walk have dedicated their whole career to their craft, while others create their art as a hobby part-time. It is important for members of the community to support and listen to local artists because each of them have their own unique story that many of us can relate to in our everyday lives.

Photographer Joel Hensler gave his take on his work.

“I am finding things I didn’t know exist[ed],” said Hensler. “Other people don’t know [it] exists, or just don’t want to talk about it.”

Many artists use their craft as a way to express themselves, and share their story with others.

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Manny Madrid, owner of Yu-neek showing off his booth of hand-made art made from vintage Americana items. Photo credit: Nikolas Gigena

Emory Barsy of Pacific Winds Decorative Glass was on hand displaying his wares.

“At an art show, you may find things that are unusual,” he said, “that you will never be able to find at a store.” All works of art are handmade personally by the owners of the booth.

Whether looking for something in particular, or just interested in art, the Oaks Art Walk helped share the art that is alive in the community. All guests who attended left seeing something that interested them, or learned some history about the process of making art.

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