Archive for Thursday, June 17, 2004

BCAC Art Walk season begins Friday

June 17, 2004

The start of summer can only mean one thing for artists and art lovers alike -- the Art Walk season has begun.

Friday marks the first Art Walk of the summer season. Sponsored by the Baldwin Community Arts Council, the annual summer art shows, which began in 1996, feature a variety of artwork by local artists, and this Friday will be no different.

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A number of Baldwin area artists including Tara Brown, Tom Wilson, Laura Morford, Jorge Andres Basaura Carrington and Edwin Smith will have their artwork on display -- and for sale -- in downtown Baldwin from 7 to 9 p.m.

"This is a great time for people to talk to the individual artists," said Sandy Cardens, co-chair of the June Art Walk. "And this is a great time for the artists to come out and let people know about their art."

While a majority of the artwork, which ranges from watercolor and acrylics to photography and pottery, will be set up along the downtown sidewalks, Cardens said, some will be displayed in downtown businesses as well.

Art Affair, 622 High St., will also be open during the Art Walk displaying works from its permanent collection.

But Friday night will feature more than just paintings and photography. Cardens said the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, featuring local musician Matt Kirby, will be performing during the art event.

She said the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band, which is famous for its late night concerts for last minute tax filers at the Lawrence Post Office on Apr. 15, plays a variety of unique music that combines folk, country, rock and bluegrass.

Those attending the Art Walk will also have a chance to support the Lumberyard Arts Center. Cardens said new arts center T-shirts will be for sale in front of the former downtown lumberyard. Proceeds from the shirt sales will go toward the arts center.

Friday won't be the only opportunity to view local artists' work. Art Walk will continue through the summer on the third Friday of July, August and September.

Ann Pearson, co-chair of the June Art Walk, encouraged Baldwin residents to attend Friday's event, whether it was for a first time or for the 10th time.

"It gives you the hometown feel when you go and see people you know," she said. "It's kind of a way to meet and greet people plus a chance to see wonderful art."

Pearson said the arts council hopes to attract new artists for the three remaining summer Art Walks.

Artists wanting to display their work at the Art Walks need to be members of the arts council. Those who want to display their art Friday can set up downtown and can join the arts council during the Art Walk.

Cardens said Art Walk provides a fun evening for the entire family.

"It's a great social occasion as well as an opportunity to be exposed to a lot of art work in a lot of different media," she said.

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