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New to the Banning Cultural Alliance’s Art Hop this year will be woodworking.

During the eight hour event a woodworking project will be featured, where event goers can watch and even help build a "little red schoolhouse."

The construction project will take place in the middle of Hays at San Gorgonio Ave. and will feature the art of framing; to construct an actual playhouse by framers from Try-Con Development.

“This years' Art Hop is going to include a celebration of the art of wood," said Mike Rose, Art Hop Committee member who has helped by organizing this portion of the event.

Rose also said that they are hoping to complete the project and raffle off the playhouse. It is just one of the "The Art of Wood" displays that will be at the May 7 event.

Rose said that woodworking “often requires the use of a wonderful array of hand and power tools which, for many of us, can make creation of these pieces even more interesting.”

Inside City Hall Carol and Nick Brown from Banning will display a number of their furniture pieces by internationally known artist, wood craftsman Sam Maloof.

Another part of the indoor exhibit will be animal sculptures from Mexico and turned wood bowls from the American south. Along with these displays you will find the works of Pepe Hernandez, the owner of Universal Woodworking in Beaumont and an expert on wood home interiors will bring a display of "art for art," picture frames of wood.

Hernandez routinely constructs frames for some of Hollywood's most successful.

Come enjoy at the Art Hop open free to the public Saturday, May 7th in downtown Banning.

An activity of the Banning Cultural Alliance the Art Hop is also sponsored by The Bank of Hemet, City of Banning and WRCOG.

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