February 1st of this year we announced our new tenant/collaborative partner relationship with Delilah Snell, as she opened The Road Less Traveled location in Grand Central Art Center. We knew this would be a match made in heaven, but we didn’t realize just how heavenly it would truly be. Delilah is a SUPERSTAR!!!
This past Sunday, Delilah presented her Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival here at Grand Central Art Center. The Patchwork Festival has its roots in Santa Ana, started at the original Road Less Traveled store parking lot off Buffalo Street, but this is the first year it’s been presented in downtown Santa Ana.
Patchwork took over two full downtown city blocks along 2nd Street and Sycamore. Vendors lined the streets, DJ and live music filled the air, and the community came out in grand support, with estimates of well over 5,000 individuals attending. And it started early, with many folks arriving even before the 11 a.m. opening time, browsing the booths.
By mid-afternoon the streets were packed and the booths brimming with patrons. Everyone was having a great time and enjoying another wonderful sunny California day.
Our neighboring restaurants were pleased as well, they were packed with patrons throughout the day. In speaking to them, the only issues were the fact that they hadn’t anticipated such a successful event. We were told that one ran out of some food items and that another was so packed they had to turn people away. That’s a true sign of success!
Grand Central Art Center had patrons visiting our exhibitions, zines designers and GCAC store all afternoon. Patchwork also provided a booth to ISM as they engage folks for their Cheers! project to be included in the upcoming ISM 10th anniversary exhibition at Grand Central Art Center, opening July 7th.
We thank everyone who attended Patchwork here at Grand Central Art Center and we look forward to having you join us in downtown Santa Ana again this coming Saturday (6/2) from 7-10 p.m. for this months First Saturday Art Walk. Continuing exhibition includes Millard Sheets Studio: The Art of Home Savings & Loan curated by Concepción Rodriguez and Wendy Sherman. Please join us for an evening with Tony Sheets, son of the artist Millard Sheets, and storyteller Jim Cogan beginning at 7:00 p.m. Plus Naida Osline’s All the Queen’s Men and Camilla Taylor’s The Disagreement, which all are set to close on june 17, so this will be one of your last chances to see these outstanding exhibition.
And if you missed Patchwork in downtown Santa Ana, you have another chance this weekend when Patchwork is presented Sunday in Culver City.
Patchwork @ Grand Central Art will be presented again in the fall, so make sure to sign-up for the Grand Central Art Center email announcements to keep informed of all dates, activities and times.