Not all art is displayed at high dollar galleries in the Nulu District. Some of it is found on the walls of local restaurants.
Kelly and Andy Cook have been curators for art at local restaurants like Bearnos by the Bridge, Monkey Wrench, and Bodega at Felice.
Each of the shows they curate have a theme and last one to two months. This Friday marks the opening of two shows. The one at Bearno's is titled "Bridges over Bearnos". Artists were encouraged to submit paintings and photography that involves bridges. The reception opens at 9 p.m. and will feature a cover band by the name Another Colour. The art will remain on display through the first Friday in February.
Andy was acting as a curator before he and Kelly got married. He wanted to bring the community together and create an outlet for new artists. He was seeing a lot of work that he thought should be hanging on display somewhere. Many of the artists who have worked with Kelly and Andy sell a piece at their first show.
In addition to the restaurants that they cater, the couple will be curators at the upcoming Art in the Highlands "Water's Life" show. They are also in a band titled Son of the Widow. They stay busy.
"It inspires us to work with new artists," said Kelly. "Curating can be stressful sometimes, but it's a lot of fun. There are a lot of great rewards like seeing
all the amazing talents we've gotten to work with."
Any artists interested in working with the Cook couple to display their art can contact them at [email protected] or find them on Facebook. Bearno’s by The Bridge is located on the corner of Market and 2nd Street and is open until 1:30 a.m. on Friday.
Photo by Jada Parks, supplied by Kelly Cook. This piece will be available at the show.