New ex­hibit at Cam­bria Li­brary chan­nels in­ner child

The Tribune (SLO) - - The Cambrian - — KATHE TAN­NER

A for­mer high school art teacher has chan­neled his in­ner child with his new ex­hibit at the Cam­bria Li­brary, on dis­play dur­ing the month of April. The com­mon theme among the 17 paint­ings and 36 draw­ings is toys.

Frank Walker of Cam­bria said in an email in­ter­view that his de­ci­sion to fo­cus on clas­sic play­things be­gan with a paint­ing of sock mon­keys.

Later, he thought that “a toy se­ries would be great for the li­brary. These are toys of my era, vin­tage and used,” Walker said of the much-loved play­things, in­clud­ing teddy bears and tin ro­bots.

He spent 31 years teach­ing Cen­tral Val­ley high­school­ers about art and also is a re­tired, li­censed mar­riage coun­selor.

He said he’s ac­tive in the Al­lied Arts As­so­ci­a­tion: Cam­bria Cen­ter for the Arts, the Cam­bria Scarecrow Fes­ti­val and “the cre­ative com­mu­nity of artists” at Cam­bria Vine­yard Church.

The Walk­ers have lived in Cam­bria full­time for four years and part time for three years be­fore that.

A toy ro­bot

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