Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2004

Ice cream, community band on tap for third Art Walk

August 19, 2004

The Baldwin Community Art Council Art Walks are always summer favorites with area residents, according to Gerard Arantowicz, but become even more popular when ice cream is involved.

"Ice cream always brings out the masses, especially in August," Arantowicz, BCAC treasurer, said.

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So he is expecting a strong turnout for Friday's third Art Walk of the summer, which features not only art from local artists, a performance from the Baldwin community band, but free ice cream as well.

"It should be a good time for all ages," he said.

Friday's Art Walk, which will run from 7 to 9 p.m., will be along the 700 blocks of Eighth and High streets in downtown Baldwin. As usual, Arantowicz said, the streets will be lined with art from local and area artists featuring everything from photography and watercolors to pottery. A potter's wheel will be in action, too, in front of the Signal office at 703 High.

"And we will have some new artists on display as well with various mediums," he said.

This month's Art Walk theme focuses on fabric art, he said, and will showcase work from the Kaw Valley Fiber Guild's weavers and spinners. The guild members will have their work on display in front of Quilters' Paradise, 713 Eighth St.

During the Art Walk, ice cream will be served at no charge. Langley Cabinets is this year's sponsor for the ice cream.

After getting ice cream, those attending Friday's Art Walk will have a chance to enjoy it while listening to music performed by the Baldwin community band. As in past years, Baldwin High School band teacher Will Cooper will be directing the band through a number of tunes. Those wanting to listen to the band are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Following this month's Art Walk, there will only be one remaining this summer, the traditional Cuppa Java night in September.

Arantowicz said he hoped people would take advantage not only of Friday's band performance and ice cream social, but the unique art as well.

"I encourage them to come out because it gives them a chance to experience the fabric art," he said. "I feel there's more of a variety of artists this time around."

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