Finding Art In Unusual Places

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LA MESA -- The Chargers were on the TV screens, but few people were watching.

Patrons at a crowded Parkway Bar on Fletcher Parkway Saturday night mingled with artists and looked more at walls lined with paintings and sketches than the overly large football players on the screen.

In the bar's far corner, Billy Martinez, a La Mesa artist who has made a name for himself with his manga styled images and as an art teacher to the city's young, was performing to the music, a brush in one hand, a glass of wine in the other.

On the near side, Sarah Tinker, a young La Mesa artist was showing her painting's of striking characters which adorned its own wall over the juke box. She signs her paintings "S. Tink."

Katie and Doug Halvin, the bar's owners, have been using the arts the last four years -- bands and visual artists -- to create a busier and more eclectic clientele for this long-standing establishment.

Katie Halvin said the result has been a bar that draws all the generations, some who have visited since the 1960s and the young who have just past the 21-year Rubicon.

"All generations together,'' she said.

And on this Saturday night, all generations sipping in some suds while steeping in the works of some of La Mesa's creative artists.



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Comment by Kat's World - Art on November 22, 2013 at 6:03pm

Looking forward to hosting the next Live Art & Gallery Show with Billy Martinez and so many more.  We hope to see you here, December 7th, 2013 at 8PM.

Comment by jay ennis on September 13, 2013 at 1:24pm
Awesome environment,with great people, always a good time at PARKWAY BAR

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