By Zach Chouteau
The Rich Life popped into an Art Show party Friday at the Mom & Pop Art Shop, and found more than just intriguing art to enjoy. Live keyboard tunes, free beer on tap in an amazingly artistic alley, and fantastic fare courtesy of a local food truck—plus Darnell the Pie Guy—added up to a popping little soiree that also showed off the talents of the husband and wife team operating the store/gallery.
The venue is run by photographer Kelly Nicolaisen and illustrator Jacinto Castillo—who are also ‘mom’ and ‘pop’ respectively to their toddler daughter Ava Leon. In addition to the compact but compelling gallery, they oversee the adjoining retail shop at the 24 W. Richmond Ave. establishment overflowing with art supplies, colorful clothing and jewelry, creative items for the kids and much more.
Whether you’re dropping by to peruse the gallery or the gift shop, this relatively new addition to the Point Richmond downtown that debuted in spring of 2016 is worth a look.
On a final note I purchased one of Darnell’s pecan pies after being lured in by a free sample, and it was sublime.
Zach Chouteau is a longtime travel writer and editor, and currently blogs about group and family getaways at Pineapple Go.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The final two photos in the video, of photographer Kelly Nicolaisen and illustrator Jacinto Castillo and of the outside of their shop, come courtesy of the Mom & Pop Art Shop Facebook page here.