Pair of artists to show their works during Kennewick ArtWalk today

Jaime Alonzo and Rick Deko get a chance to show the public their art when they make their Tri-City joint art debut at the downtown Kennewick's monthly ArtWalk.

The ArtWalk is from 5-9 p.m. today with several downtown Kennewick merchants staying open late to feature an eclectic mix of art from Mid-Columbia artists.

Alonzo and Deko not only are artists, but they also are good friends with a mutual respect for each other's work.

"(Jaime) has gained extensive knowledge and experience on technique and the use of multiple mediums," Deko said of his friend. "This is evident at first glance on any of his recent paintings."

Their joint show will be at Chain Reaction Bike Shop, 319 W. Kennewick Ave.

Alonzo began taking a serious interest in art at age 13. He mixes a unique blend of manga, a cartoon art form from Japan, and his latest interest, pop art.

"Living in the forever-changing world that we do today, I want my work to encourage the talented youth of today to be aware of their surroundings," Alonzo said. "I would like to inspire them to take an interest in whatever art form they may find their calling and to pursue it."

Alonzo, from Pasco, and Deko, from Kennewick, consider themselves contemporary artists, each using an assortment of paints for their pop art creations.

Deko, a single dad raising two sons, also paints a "baby" series that Heidi Lambert calls "amazing."

Lambert, with the Old Hotel Gallery in Othello, was so impressed by the artists' work that she invited them to show their work in November and December at the Old Hotel Gallery.

"Their styles are similar, but both see the world in different ways," Lambert said.

Both artists take photos of the images they want to paint, then use bold colors and schemes to create the effect they're looking for so it falls into the pop art category.

Alonzo and Deko plan to be on hand Thursday to chat with ArtWalk visitors.

Here's a list of the other merchants that will feature various artists during the ArtWalk:

Laura Gable Studio, 17 N. Auburn St.; Edward D. Jones, 16 W. Kennewick Ave.; Roxy Wine Bar, 101 W. Kennewick Ave.; Kennewick Coffee Co., 101 W. Kennewick Ave.; Roxy Antiques, 101 W. Kennewick Ave.; Zinful, 114 W. Kennewick Ave.; Chell Design, 11 S. Benton St., Suite A; T&L Office and Art Supply, 203 W. Kennewick Ave.; Sagebrush Old West, 10 N. Cascade St.; Thomas Kinkade Art Gallery, 19 N. Cascade St.; Lisa McGee Decor, 9 S. Dayton St.; Splash, 11 S. Dayton St.; You & I Framing and Gallery, 214 W. First Ave.