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First Thursday: Toby Davis, the “Man On the Street”

Thursday, August 4

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The French have a term for people like Toby Davis: "flaneurs." In the mid-18th century, flaneurs walked city streets displaying a mild distaste for the speed and complexity of modern life, a fascination with people and a keen sense of beauty.

Davis (tobydavisart.com) has put miles on his sneakers moving along the triangle of cities between Los Angeles; Seattle, Wash.; and Boise in search of subjects for his oil paintings.

Check out some of Davis' flaneur-istic meditations on everything urban, from SoCal fashion to the City of Trees on a drizzly day at Evermore Prints (780 W. Main St.) while partaking of food and drink from The Mode Lounge.

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