Archive for Thursday, September 16, 2004

Cuppa Java to wrap up final Art Walk

September 16, 2004

For Christy Carlisle, the reason to attend the final Art Walk of the summer is an obvious one.

"Very simply, mugs, food and coffee," she said.

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As in the past five years, Baldwin Community Arts Council's final Art Walk of the season will wrap up with Cuppa Java night.

The annual event, which features hand made pottery mugs, homemade dessert and coffee, runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Baldwin.

Carlisle, BCAC president, said approximately 150 to 200 mugs, all different and all made by local potters, will be available to choose. Those who have made the mugs include Carlisle, Lisa Slavin, Tom Wilson, Laura Morford, Phyllis Nelson, Caroline Tanner, Jennifer Mead, Sandy Cardens, Ande Park, Ann Pearson, Paul Knapp and Matt Payne.

For a $6 donation, Art Walk patrons can select their own mugs, have them filled with coffee from Espress Yourself, and get a sweet treat as well.

"These bakers are artists themselves," she said. "They produce cookies to die for."

Carlisle said it's a deal that shouldn't be missed.

"It includes a mug, coffee, dessert and a smile," she said. "It's great."

As with other Art Walks, local and area artists will have their artwork on display along the 700 block of High Street, as well as in several downtown businesses. Patrons are invited to view the artwork at no charge.

Art Affair, 622 High St., will also be open during the evening event. The art gallery will feature the John Talleur Print Studio, which includes the work of six artists including Baker University's Walt Bailey and Andy Driscoll.

To accompany the art, coffee and food, the band, Free Lunch, will be performing downtown during Art Walk. The band features vocalist Gloria Roach, a Vinland-area resident. Carlisle said Art Walk patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the band's performance.

Carlisle encouraged people to attend this year's final Art Walk, even if it meant sneaking out during the first quarter of Baldwin's homecoming football game.

"This is something that makes Baldwin Baldwin," she said. "It's just a great atmosphere walking down the street, looking at art with a homemade mug in your hand."

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