February 1st is First Friday Art Walk downtown, and you know it'll be great with that much alliteration involved. Each month downtown businesses feature an artist and are open from 5-9 pm. This month Rudy's Frame Shop, Impulse, Cafe Blakadder, Old Drum Gallery & Trading Co., The Art Store, Heroes, Central Logos, Dublin Social Club, and Old Drum Coffeehouse and Bakery will be participating. There is also a passport to fill out, and the first 20 people who collect a signature at each location will receive a goody bag supplied by the participating businesses.
"It never fails," he says, "I walk into a room full of people and a dog. I talk to the dog first." Canines and people have a long, intertwined history. Cox finds that dogs reflect people and sometimes seem to have a greater appreciation for life.
"Watch a dog sitting by them self on the back porch and you'll see them taking in everything at that moment," he said. "They are living for that very moment. That's a healthy way to live."
Dogs hold so many meanings-good and bad-to cultures around the world. Cox finds their interpretations fascinating.
Cox works in oil pastels, preferring the toothy museum quality panes called Pastelbord as his canvas. He will demonstrate how he works within this medium Friday February 1st at Old Drum Coffeehouse and Bakery.
Stop in and check out his art as you make your way around downtown. I've included a couple of chalkboard drawings Cox has done in the coffeehouse, and if this is the work of five minutes on a grainy chalkboard, you will want to check out his real work. Although I do believe that exposed brick walls, wood floors, and latte will bring out the artistic side in all of us.