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It's The Weekend For The Moment

OAKHURST – Everyone is invited to join in the celebration at The Moment Gallery grand opening and artist reception on Sunday June 30 from 1 – 4 p.m. at 40680 Hwy 41.

The Moment is a new gallery, performance space and lounge envisioned and manifested by industrial artist Otto Jeffrey. There’s bound to be something for everybody, including visual and performance art. The intriguing venue even boasts a fine lingerie shop.

It’s hard to imagine what won’t go on at The Moment: the possibilities are nearly endless.Sunday’s grand opening gives people a chance to meet the gallery’s inaugural artist-in-residence, Rivka Schaffner, who will be painting during the grand opening.

Besides reflecting the sensibilities of owner/artist Jeffrey, area resident since 2004, The Moment will open with works of local artists Charlene Barden Rice and Ernie Reda.

Artists visiting on Sunday from Los Angeles include Alexandra Kube, Steve Siefert, Carlos Nieto III and Michael Wicks. In from San Francisco is Gina Bronzini Ahrens.

Area musicians Jean Butterfield and Scott Stouder will be performing.

Jeffrey has been working practically non-stop toward the opening for months, transforming the interior and exterior of the rented building from traditional to creative space while collaborating with artists and others to achieve the dream he’s had for years.

“I stripped the carpet and old parquet floor and acid washed the concrete,” says Jeffrey, whose primary background is in fine wood furniture. “It was then stained onyx and gloss coated with acrylic and wax. I took out a wall, opening up the two rooms and sealed a doorway in the back, then re-painted the place in modern, art-friendly colors. I added a custom steel door that took three weeks to build, perhaps the nicest item i have ever made. “

No effort was spared to make The Moment Gallery stand out from the crowd.

“The outside features chalk walls for the community to draw on and steel and wood tables to smoke at or relax outside and peer in at the art and entertainment. There will be photography in the gallery and occasional ‘pin up’ shoots where ladies can dress stylishly and pose in the gallery viewing fine art, lounging on fine furniture, etc.”

One may wonder what the connection is between art and lingerie.

“It seems so obvious to me,” Jeffrey explains. “The female body has the finest of varying-arc curves found anywhere in nature. I presume women have been the subject matter of art from the very beginning. “

For more information see The Moment Gallery on Facebook.

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