Archive for Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bad weather moves Art Walk inside

The Baldwin Community Arts Council will have its Art Walk finale, the always popular "Cuppa Java," tonight in downtown Baldwin City starting at 7 p.m. Last year's event had to be moved inside the Lumberyard Arts Center because of threatening weather. Tonight's forecast calls for none of that.

The Baldwin Community Arts Council will have its Art Walk finale, the always popular "Cuppa Java," tonight in downtown Baldwin City starting at 7 p.m. Last year's event had to be moved inside the Lumberyard Arts Center because of threatening weather. Tonight's forecast calls for none of that.

September 18, 2008

Tornado sirens and heavy doses of rain weren't going to stop the Baldwin Community Arts Council from hosting its 2008 Art Walk finale Friday evening.

However, the weather did bring the Cuppa Java event inside for its two-hour duration. In fact, the location was even changed last minute.

Originally, the event was going to be moved inside the Baldwin High School commons area if the weather was nasty or wet, but it ended up inside the Lumberyard Arts Center at 6 p.m. Friday.

"At the last minute, they decided to change locations, because they thought it would be more convenient for the artists to move from outside downtown to inside the lumberyard rather than move them clear up to the high school," BCAC President Sarah Wilson said. "We're going to be excited when that lumberyard gets done, so we can have all of our events in there and avoid this confusion."

Despite the venue change and the wet conditions, the Art Walk finale still drew a crowd. It might have been slightly smaller than in past years, but Wilson was still pleased with the people who came out to view local artists and listen to some music.

"I thought the turnout was good, despite the weather," Wilson said. "At first, the artists who came early got to set up easily without getting their works of art wet. We had more of a crowd come later, but all in all, it worked out well. The music was good and the Cuppa Java night went well. It was a good finale for the Art Walk this year."

The annual finale features the Cuppa Java, which is where hand-thrown pottery mugs are on display and can be purchased. Local artists donate the mugs each year. They are filled with coffee and the buyer also gets a dessert treat.

"I would say we sold about 60 mugs or so," Wilson said. "We probably had about 120 mugs total, so we didn't have the mug sales we normally do."

Along with the java and mugs, there was also music. The band "Maria, Megan and Darrell" performed near the back of the lumberyard during the event.

Normally, the Art Walk events are held on the third Friday of each month. However, this year the BCAC moved up the finale a week, because the Bulldog Bash is this Friday. It's the annual tailgate party before the first home football game for Baldwin High School. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the Bash.

The BCAC's next event will be the Holiday Arts Sale. Wilson said no date or time has been set, but it should happen around the end of November.

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