The emerging group of design-oriented business on and around Miller and Locust avenues are participating in the Arts Commission’s monthly celebration of the arts, starting Sept. 6.

The Mill Valley Arts Commission‘s vaunted First Tuesday Artwalk has long been a downtown-centric affair, but the confluence of art- and design-oriented business on and around Miller Avenue is looking to change that, providing a link between downtown and the exhibits at the Mill Valley Community Center.

“We’re all really excited to get involved in the Art Walk and, most importantly, to showcase some amazing artists,” says Bonnie Powers, co-owner of Poet and/the Bench jewelry shop, workspace and gallery. “Getting involved in this event makes perfect sense.”

Poet and/the Bench is one of the members of the Mill Valley Design District, a group of innovative, design-focused businesses on and around Miller Avenue that includes Henrybuilt, RevelationKress Jack at Home and 7 on Locust. The group formed in late 2015 as a way to celebrate their respective emergence, deciding over the summer to collectively join the First Tuesday Artwalk, starting in September. 

The monthly celebration of local art includes a host of venues, including the the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Seager Gray Gallery, the Mill Valley Public Library, Dolls and Dandy Salon, Throckmorton Theatre, the Depot Bookstore & Café and City Hall. Receptions at each venue are Tuesday from 6–8pm. Here’s the First Tuesday Artwalk Guide with venues and a map.

Mill Valley Design District – First Tuesday Artwalk venues:

Summer Strauch: “Oceans” photographs
7 Locust Avenue, 388-9696
Hours: Mon 10am-5pm, Tues-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm, Sun 12pm-4pm
Denise Carletta: “Portraits” drawings in pencil
11 Locust Avenue, 686-3620
Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm & by Appt.
Melissa Holden: “Interchanges” relief block prints
10E Locust Avenue, 569-4383
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-6pm
Laura Pacchini: oils on canvas
401F Miller Avenue, 383-2000
Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-6pm & by Appt.
Karen Zeff: mixed media
10D Locust Avenue, 302-3014
Hours: Wed-Sun 1-6pm

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