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Art meets environment during downtown Art Hop

The Merced Art Hop once again filled the streets of downtown with art last Saturday afternoon.

Bringing local artists and businesses together, and encouraging residents to explore new things, this quarter’s theme was based on “art and the environment.”

The quarterly event also invited residents to Bob Hart Square to take part in family-friendly activities to create such things as tie dye newsprint, carbon paper images, flower crowns, and thumbprint dandelions.

Meanwhile, the Multicultural Arts Center was hosting an opening reception for their current show entitled “Identity,” which brought together trans-identified artists from Northern California working in portraiture to showcase: “the beauty of the gender non-conforming, and awareness that trans people have been a part of every culture throughout history, though hate, stigma and narrow definitions of beauty have prevented them from being equally represented.”

The exhibit reception was well-attended, drawing people from all walks of life to take in the incredible amount of varied works and portraiture throughout the exhibit.

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