Merced Art Hop scheduled for Saturday

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comApril 17, 2014 

Artists representing a multitude of modes and genres will take over downtown Merced on Saturday, as the Art Hop once again provides a night of entertainment for the entire family.

Festivities for Saturday’s event kick off at 5 p.m. and end at 9 on West Main Street, between I and N streets. Twenty-nine businesses and 40 artists are participating in the event, according to organizers.

With the warmer temperatures and extended hours of daylight, organizers are hoping for a high level of turnout.

“We’re hoping to hit at least 3,000. It seems like when schools are in session it does a little better,” said Kevin Hammon, who co-founded the event with Kimberly Zamora.

Hammon said organizers for the event received good news last week, as Merced Art Hop’s nonprofit status was finalized with the Internal Revenue Service. Hammon said the Art Hop previously had to operate under the auspices of other nonprofit groups.

“Now we’re finally on our own, so we’re super excited about that,” Hammon said.

Danny Loreto is the featured “artist of the quarter” for Saturday’s event. Loreto’s art will be on display during the event at Binary Systems Computer Repair, 600 W. Main St. There will also be a drum circle at Coffee Bandits, 309 W. Main St.

The “Before I Die” wall project will also return to Arbor Walk South during the Art Hop. The project is a collection of musings by the public, and participants asked to finish the statement “Before I die ...”

Additional scheduled highlights at Saturday’s event include:

•  5:30 p.m. – A performance by percussionist Marshall Trammell, 600 block of West Main Street.

•  6:30 p.m. – A performance by the group Dance Saute in Bob Hart Square.

•  6:30 p.m. – UC Merced’s World Cultures second annual Graduate Student Conference continues at the Art Hop. Rachel Klein, associate professor of history at UC San Diego, will give the closing address for the conference at the Merced Theatre, 301 W. Main St. The event at the Merced Theatre will also include student art work and a photo booth.

•  7:30 p.m. – A performance by Robert Rivas: Stubborn Productions, in front of the Regal Hollywood Theater.

The Art Hop happens on a quarterly basis in Merced. The next events are scheduled for July 19 and Oct. 18.

For more information about this weekend’s event, visit mercedarthop.org.

Sun-Star City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

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