Several events this weekend — including “A Scotch, Brew and Art Affair” — will honor the memory of local artist and Fresno State arts curator Edward O. Lund III, benefiting the Edward O. Lund Foundation, which provides scholarships for art students who are participating in the College of Arts and Humanities’ Study Abroad in London program.
Lund died from injuries suffered in a cycling accident during a charity bike ride in Sonoma County in 2015.
“Ed literally grew up on the Fresno State campus and in the halls and classrooms of the Conley Art building,” said Lisa Lund-Brown, his sister. “Our father was a professor of art there for 33 years, and Ed spent most of his childhood time hanging out with Dad and his artist friends like Tom McDougall, Gene Thompson, Charles Gaines, the Hansen Family, Gina Strumwasser, Frank and Jean Ray Laury and so many others.”
Lund went on to attend Fresno State and was involved in the dance department. He was a member of the Portable Dance Troupe and received accolades for his performances in “Coalinga Coaling Station” and “Our Grenadiers” which premiered on Dec. 7, 1996.
He later returned to Fresno State to obtain his master’s degree in art.
This weekend’s events include:
- The Hammer Road Rally bike race, 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21at Millerton Lake. Courses for all skill levels. There is a free 5-mile family-friendly ride plus easy, medium and “The Hammer” routes. Entry to race includes swag, entry to the Music Festival and free food, beer and drinks.
- Music Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21,open to the public on the beach at Millerton Lake during and following The Hammer Road Rally. Local bands Sugar and A.C. Miles — plus Jeff Brinkman from Los Angeles — will be performing. In addition to the music, there will be activities for the kids and fun for adults. Food, beer and drinks are available. The first 200 people who sign up online will get free food and drinks.
- Scotch and Brew Tasting, 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, an education and tasting of fine scotch and craft beers from Alex Costa of The Mad Duck. Food will be provided as well. This event includes a silent art auction featuring over 30 works of art by local artists and music by popular local musician Eva Scow.
The scholarships resulting from the Edward O. Lund Foundation were first awarded in 2016, and they have allowed seven art students to travel to London — three in 2016 and four in the trip coming up in December.
“He loved his work, and I have no doubt those who knew him would agree that Ed embraced everything and tried to live each moment of his life fully and authentically,” Lund-Brown said.