Archive for Thursday, July 19, 2007

July Art Walk ready to please

July 19, 2007

The annual July Art Walk will not be deterred by the Downtown Streetscape project ... only adjusted.

On Friday, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., downtown Baldwin City will be taken over by Art Walk. The event will be held primarily in the Lumberyard Arts Center Project, but not entirely.

"What we are going to do, because of the sidewalk construction, is be in the open area in the lumberyard," said Myra Glover, Baldwin City Arts Council president. "That will be nice and cool. We will have both doors opened up. If needed, we will go on down the alley behind the lumberyard."

July's Art Walk includes the ice cream social and community band. The ice cream will be served in the LACP but the community band will still play in the open lot between the post office and LACP.

Glover is expecting a large crowd as always for the July event.

"This is usually a huge crowd, because of the ice cream social and the music," Glover said. "It's free ice cream and free music. It just doesn't get any better."

Will Cooper, band instructor within the Baldwin School District, will again head the community band, which will begin playing at 7 p.m. and the performance should last nearly an hour.

Cooper said he hopes to have 30 people in the band, some of which are coming from Lawrence and Ottawa. He also said the performance will be a mixture of several types of music.

"We will be playing a variety of songs," Cooper said. "We will have some traditional band pieces, some show tunes and patriotic songs. We will just have a lots of stuff."

Several artists will have work on display Friday. Art Affair, located at Seventh and High street, will be showing works from Baldwin resident Karen Jacks. The show will include assemblages, which were described as three-dimensional collages by Lesley Gillaspie, Baker University senior and Art Affair directory.

Gillaspie said the display does include several Baker pieces and will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. She hopes the community stops in to see the show.

"We're the only professional gallery in town, so people should stop in and see what we are doing," Gillaspie said. "It's always nice to get the community in here."

Once again there will be a drawing for $50, which will be used to purchase some art work from the artists present. There will be also be $50 awarded to the community favorite artist Friday.

Glover said the event should be fun, but maybe a little warm. She hopes the community will once again come out and enjoy the music and ice cream.

"It's going to be warm, but that's why the people come out and enjoy the ice cream," Glover said. "The Baldwin City community is always very supportive of the arts and we appreciate that. It's going to be a great event."

There will not be an Art Walk in August because of the heat and construction. However, the equally popular Cuppa Java Art Walk finale will be on Sept. 21.

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