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 Lund’s sister Lisa Lund-Brown. “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 very 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 December 7, 1996. 

 He later returned to Fresno State to obtain his master’s degree in art.

Here are details about this weekend’s events:

  • The Hammer Road Rally bike race Saturday, Oct. 21 – at picturesque Millerton Lake and into the mountains surrounding.  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 lots of swag, entry to the Music Festival and free food, beer and drinks.
  • FREE Music Festival Saturday, Oct. 21 – anyone can attend – during and following The Hammer Road Rally.  On the beach at Millerton Lake.  Local bands Sugar and A.C. Miles – plus Jeff Brinkman from Los Angeles will be performing.  Approximate time 11am-5pm.  In addition to the music, there will be activities for the kids – games and fun for adults.  Food, beer and drinks are available – the first 200 people who sign uponlinee will get FREE Food and Drinks.
  • Scotch and Brew Tasting from 4-7 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.

You can sign up by going to the following websites:

The scholarships resulting from the Edward O. Lund Foundation were first awarded in 2016, and have allowed seven art students to travel to London – three in 2017, and four in the trip coming up in January 2018.

“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.