Crowds steady for summer’s Art Walks
Another summer of Art Walks ended Friday with the annual finale, Cuppa Java.
Baldwin Community Arts Council’s summer Art Walks drew large crowds for each of the four events. They began in June and ended Friday evening.
“We were really pleased with the Art Walks this summer,” BCAC President Tom Wilson said. “We had nice merchant participation and some nice crowds out each month. We had a great number of new artists and we kept a steady number of them. We’d like to add a few artists and patrons coming down next year.”
Friday’s finale began an hour earlier than the other events, but still drew an average crowd. Wilson said the crowd might have been smaller because the Baldwin High School football team was playing at De Soto and the Kansas University football team was playing a rare Friday night game that was aired on TV.
“We had a nice crowd,” he said. “It was a steady crowd, but it wasn’t our largest ever. There were some things that may have kept people busy. I think the time change kind of helped in some respect, because it gets dark so fast this time of the year. It also doesn’t give people a whole lot of time to get home from work and eat supper. It’s kind of a double-edged sword.”
This year’s events were also coordinated with gallery openings at the Lumberyard Arts Center.
“People enjoyed the art openings that went along with the Art Walks,” Wilson said. “That added another dimension that we didn’t have before. The more we can coordinate with the merchants and entertainment, the bigger and better these Art Walks will be. It’s just tough sometimes to organize everything at once.”