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Must Be SantaCon Part 1: Photos From Save Santa First Friday ArtRide December 2010

December 17, 2010

It wasn’t as cold as the North Pole on First Friday December 2010, but it was cold enough for this group of Santas to bundle up in our Santa best for our third First Friday ArtRide and SantaCon. Here’s a few photos by me and the story; more photos by Daniel Boggs to come!

We gathered as usual for our FFArtRide on the Ventura Beach Promenade and California Street. Some Santas watched the sunset while others watched their drinks empty at Aloha’s bar.

Our first stop was the Artists Union Gallery, conveniently located next to Aloha. From there, we broke with tradition and rode up California Street to the gas station at Thompson for a quick air stop and to wave at the people trapped in their cars on this beautiful clear night.

Next we went to the “new” classy Photon Gallery on Santa Clara and California where we oohed and aahhed at Claudia Pardo McFayden’s luminous clouds and admired the iPhone photos as well as those of owner Peter Duffy. We’d been trying to get in there for several rides and finally it was open when we were there!

We cruised Main and stopped at Fox Vintage for cupcakes and Lynne Okun’s art, then near the Mission we visited Sylvia WHite’s pop-up gallery where we were stoped in our tracks by unusual ceramic art and to take some photos.

We then rolled on to Bell Arts where there was lots to see and buy including the annual holiday ceramics show and beautiful handmade scarves and hats by Dawne Fowkes Cushing–I bought two hats and matching scarves, one set in purple and the other in periwinkle, olive, and mango!

Our next stop was Art City where Jeremy was djing. Lots of young people were there enjoying the music and the amibance; here we are with Jeremy and his wife Michelle.

Time to head home–on we went to WAV, then Keven Eckhart-Smiths, then home!

Along the way, we lost Santas to food, fun and frolic–also to one broken arm from a tree climbing accident at Bell Arts! This was a first real calamity on a ride (beyond costume failures and flat tires –which we haven’t had since we stopped going to Stoneworks…)

We hope you’ll join us for our next ArtRide Sunday December 19–Save Santa SantaCon Sunday December 19. Our next First Friday ArtRide is a Tweed Ride January 7 followed by a Think Pink ride in Febrary with an afterparty in the El Jardin Courtyard hosted in part by Kama Sutra–perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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All photos here taken with my trusty iPhone; next up, photos by Daniel Boggs from HIS trusty iPhone to get everyone in the mood to ArtRide with us Sunday Dec. 19!

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