Fun Times & Photos from Steampunk First Friday ArtRide!

Looking good, Big J, all Steampunked out for the First Friday April ArtRide! Love your wicker basket and bike trailer to tow your daughter, too!

We had about 50 Steampunk cyclists show up to ride around town yesterday, one of the best turnouts yet!

About half the riders went all out for Steampunk style, and the other half promise to be better outfitted for next month’s Disco Bicycle Ball with an after-party at WAV.

With our flamboyant costumes, we were the highlight of many people’s First Friday, especially as we cruised downtown Ventura on Main Street a few times. We enjoyed art at several locations; some of my favorite works were Imre Juhasz’s digitized photographs printed on canvas and at Bell Arts, and at Vita, Dianne Bennett’s paintings and Borbala Arvai’s fairy habitats.

Join us! April 18 we meet again at the Artists Union Gallery at 1:30pm to ride to ArtWalk galleries and studios. Or meet us at Bell Arts Factory at 4pm for a Steampunk Fashion Show and ArtWalk afterparty!

Need help getting you Steampunk on? Head over to Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Avenue. For the next two weeks, from 3-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Bell Arts is offering FREE workshops. Bring possible outfits to wear on the bicycle ride or in the fashion show and the talented artists there will assist you in styling. Sessions in over-dying and screen printing Steampunk motifs are in the works.

Thanks to Jenessa Nye and to Gary Stevens for taking pictures last night and for getting them to me so quickly. For more of Gary’s photos, Gary’s World. You’ll find more photos and more about the ride on Art Predator.

Thanks, also to Gary and Jenessa for permission to post their photos here.  Please don’t copy (steal) these images or others (or text either)–ask first.

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