by Erica Teague
At 2720 Cherokee sits a diamond in the rough. 2720 is a super hip underground type venue that is owned and ran by the Loyal Family and Art Dimension’s. On the first Friday of every month they host an event that utilizes every inch of the massive three story 14,000 sq ft building the event is called Cherokee Nights First Friday Art Affair, during this event many local artists are given the chance to showcase their talents for everyone to enjoy. First Friday has been going on for a little over a year now and was inspired by Art Dimensions 10 year anniversary party where they received great feedback from the public after opening all three levels of the venue.
When I first arrived at 2720 I was immediately greeted at the door by Mr. Wendell. I had a chance to sit and chat with Wendell and was fascinated by his charisma and passion for what he does not only as a staff member at 2720 but his love for the art of music. Wendell has been with 2720 for a little over a year now and has quickly become an intricate role in the operations at 2720. Wendell has a long and impressive history of writing, singing and producing he has a studio located in the lower level of the building where he does pre-production work.
As I walked around during the event I was amazed at all the different genres of art on display. On the main floor there was a band playing there were artists painting and there was a section set up near the front of the room where a beautiful woman stood barefoot posing on a small wooden box under a bright light while several artists sketched away.
On the second level local was an art showing of Chris Sabatin’s work, Chris is a local artist and owner of the Art Monster studios. Also on display at the event was the work of the Art Class Hero’s the artists names are John, Pete and Danny these three have a great collection of work from 3D sculptures to airbrush work and beyond.
Rebecca Haas a local photographer had a live art show with models that were airbrushed by Jessica Dana a makeup artist/body painter. Rebecca’s artwork is inspired by the neurological condition Synesthesia this word comes from the ancient Greek meaning “together” and “sensation”. Someone with this condition will pair sensations. Stimulation of one sense will involuntarily elicit another sense. The images showcased are all monochromatic and absolutely stunning to say the least.
Thanks to Davide Weaver co-founder of Art Dimensions the Loyal Family and 2720 a large number of local artists have a chance to showcase their work and mingle with other artists. This event drew a very eclectic group of people with a passion for the arts. I will without a doubt be returning for future events and of course to support our local artists.