Frida Kahlo exhibit opens in Walnut Creek

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Calling all Frida Kahlo fanatics!

Hundreds of people flocked to the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek on Sunday to get a taste of Frida-inspired clothing, photographs, art and music at the kickoff for a new exhibit inspired by and devoted to Kahlo. “The World of Frida” combines juried and invitational shows with a national photography exhibit, “Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray,” and runs through Sept. 16.

On Sunday afternoon, a line wrapped around the building as people waited patiently for a ticket to the opening party.

People of all ages shopped the Frida-inspired mercado for local merchandise, including Siempre Viva’s handmade Frida Kahlo and Selena Quintanilla dolls. Frida lookalikes battled it out in a contest. And Frida met high fashion on the catwalk with a show featuring designers such as San Francisco-based Flower Couture and Los Angeles’ Paulina Clothing. The show featured intricate headpieces and sugar skull makeup honoring Mexican culture.

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The World of Frida exhibit, which includes art and photographs celebrating the life, style and legacy of the famous Mexican artist, runs through Sept. 16. Other special events include a “Tequila Tasting and Paint a Frida” event, 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 23. (Contact the museum directly for information on advance tickets.)

Details: Admission to the gallery, which is open from 12 to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, is $3-$5. Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek;

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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