Archive for Thursday, June 16, 2005

BCAC’s Art Walk to start it all

June 16, 2005

It's that time of year again. Art takes over downtown Baldwin City, even if it's just for a night.

The Baldwin Community Arts Council will have its inaugural Art Walk of the season Friday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. along High Street downtown. Art Walk has become a tradition every third Friday from June through September. This year's kickoff will have the usuals, but some new twists as well.

"We're looking forward to a great time," said Christy Carlisle, BCAC president. "It's going to be great weather. Since it's the front of Trains, Planes and Automobiles, there should be a good turnout for our artists."

As usual, Baldwin artists will have various creations displayed along High Street. But, there will be something different, too, and both artists and onlookers stand to gain something everyone wants -- money.

"We're starting something new this year with awards for artists, so all artists should check in with the Arts Council," said Carlisle.

Participants in the Art Walk will be able to vote on what they think is their favorite piece of art on display. The artist that is selected will gain $50. With the vote, participants become a part of the mix, too.

"The voters will all be pooled and a name will be drawn and that person gets a certificate for $50 worth of art," she said.

As usual, music will also be a part of the artistic mix.

"The music for the night will be from Music row," Carlisle said of the local group. "They play rock-and-roll. Not heavy rock-and-roll, just good old rock-and-roll."

Also, downtown Baldwin businesses will be open late Friday. The Maple Leaf Quilters Guild will also have its display going at the Baldwin City Public Library.

Carlisle is also hoping that artists who haven't signed up yet to display will do so by Friday, or just come down to the event.

"I'm inviting artist to come join us," she said. "Let's have a social hour, too."

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