The Aberdeen Downtown Association held it second annual Wine Walk on Main Street tonight. Six full blocks of art, music, and marauding packs of well-coiffed Aberdonnas strolling about with wine glasses—what fun! But let’s leave the ladies to their fun and meet some of the artists:
Jacob Bosmoe was whipping up this “loose and abstract” rendition of Main Street. A couple people told him the painting “feels pretty drunken,” and Jacob’s fine with that.
Jacob ran the Aberdeen Originals gallery downtown featuring local artists for a few months, but he says he got tired of giving up his weekends just to almost make rent on the shop. He shut down the shop, moved some of the gallery inventory to display at the new Brass Kettle Gastropub and Restaurant on Main. Jacob says he’s feeling more relaxed now that he’s out of the gallery and worrying less about creating art to sell.
But he’ll still be glad to take your money. One gal passing by asked where the painting would hang. “Your house!” he said, if she raised the going bid on his sidewalk bid sheet. He was up to $110 when we visited.
Ragtop Radio! Pete’s on banjo, Jeremy’s on mandolin, and Bob’s on guitar. The guys like working Main, but they say fans need to bring them more wine.
Singer-songwriter Mary Elizabeth Wachs graduated from Roncalli last year. A semester of school in the Twin Cities didn’t sit well with her. A trip to India in January did… and it got her thinking she should go full steam with her music. She’s taking her guitar and R&B/Indie/Pop sensibilities to Atchison, Kansas, where she’ll study social media to boost the business side of her music-making… but jeepers! She’s already got forty-some videos up on YouTube—what more does she need to know?
Mary Elizabeth hopes to make it big in Kansas City, where I hear everything is up to date. Just stay out of those burley-cues, Mary Elizabeth!
Singer-songwriter Traci Linn Samelson grew up down the road in Redfield. She went to college in Fargo, then headed to Tennessee to make it big in music. She was about to sign with Warner in 2008 (or was it 2009? Traci Linn wasn’t sure as we spoke; her mind was on her music, and who keeps old calendar pages, anyway?) when she had to come back home for health reasons. Now she plays weddings, funerals, and special events and lives in Tulare with her fiancé and her little boy. Traci Linn says Tulare’s an all-right place to raise a son; worst that can happen is some big semi comes barreling along on 281 and runs someone down. Hey, truckers! Slow down at Tulare, and pay attention!