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24 San Diego Uptown News | Nov. 25–Dec. 8, 2011

WHITS AND PICS WHI TS & PICS NIGHT LIFE Photography by Jarett Boskovich Writing by Sean Eshelman

Presenting Whits & Pics, an evolving narrative told through the lens of Jarett Boskovich and by the pen of Sean Eshelman. We would like to cordially invite you, the reader, to join us in our travels through each of Uptown’s neighbor- hoods as we capture in still frame and written word the color, character and hidden treasures to be found in each and every neighborhood.

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own right. As artists, when we are not at work we are out in the world; taking in sights, sounds and smells, all of which inspire the creative soul. Uptown is an art-saturated community, raw with the energy of emotion manifested in the mediums in which we work and everywhere one turns galleries, exhibits, art shows and creative expression abound. Even the streets upon which we walk are covered in the artifacts of artistic energy, from intricate murals, down to the most rudimentary graffiti tagged upon rusty metal transformers.

AWhere inspiration rains ll of us are artists in our Custom furniture from mixture. (Photo by Jarett Boskovich) On our night out we sought a differ-

ent sort of stimulation than that found at bars, clubs and neigh- borhood parties. We turned our sights inward and outward to Little Italy and North Park, where two art walks, Kettner Nights and Ray at Night promised to amplify our creative spirits. We wrapped up in jackets and headed down the hill to Little

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Italy. We opted to park at the water’s edge and made the walk until we reached Kettner Blvd. The festive storefronts

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and restaurants of Little Italy appeared, patrons’ voices murmured inside to the tune of Frank Sinatra, Andrea Bocelli and the occasional accor- dion. A growing number of people were collecting on the streets, indicating that we were in fact on the right track. The bite of wind was increasing as we approached the fi rst boutique participating in the event, entering just as rain began to fall. Mixture, a boutique focused on contemporary art and design, was our fi rst stop. At its entrance we were greeted by an extensive collection of eclectic gifts, stationary and a wide array of books ranging in topic from sustainable living to do-it-yourself craft projects. At fi rst glance it was much like the entrance of shops like Urban Outfi tters, where similar displays of

(Photo by Jarett Boskovich)

books and novel gifts tempt window shoppers in from outside. Looking beyond this consumer trickery, my eyes were captured by a series of clear glass orbs suspended over the book displays. Each contained various succulents, rocks and other hardy foli- age, creating fl oating terra-scapes. Farther into the store, we walked among a variety of modern furniture and artwork, em- phasizing current trends in contemporary design and minimalist in nature. A friend of mine, a carpenter and proud craftsman, found inspiration in a low-set, four- post Feng Shui bed with solid teak material, fi t for simple yet discern- ing taste. “I think I’ve found my next project” he said, with wheels turning. The artwork on the walls adhered to a certain abstract aesthetic; a particular piece by Stephanie Paige reminiscent of Mission Bay’s eastward skyline held my attention, as it reminded me of early morning drives south- bound on Interstate 5. We continued our walk and found ourselves at the Perry L. Meyer Gallery of Fine Art. Recluse Clay Walker was the current exhibit, showcasing the

artists’ wide range of style. His sculpture “Angel” possessed the ability to exude raw, almost violent abstracts with brightly colored greens, yellows and reds that left the head spinning more than the complementary red wine in my plastic cup. His unique fascination of the female form was evident in pieces like “Dancer” or “Woodcut” which processed a maternal

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