Transcribed from the West Side Index/Gustine Press-Standard
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Business plans downtown Newman art walk
Event celebrates history, the arts
NEWMAN – A downtown Newman business owner is organizing an event designed as a celebration of both the arts and the community’s rich architecture and history.
The Saturday, Oct. 21, event is being sponsored by Kari’s Treasure Trove Artisan Gallery & Consignments, located in the St. George Hotel building.
“We are approaching our one-year anniversary (in business) and I would like to have some sort of celebration,” explained owner Kari Thompson. “We could throw a party inside our business that would touch a few people, or we could take a celebration of the arts and of the local community across the downtown. I wanted to involve the community.”
Thompson said about 10 stops are planned on the art walk, each at a location of historical or architectural significance.
Information about the location will be presented at each stop, and one or more local artist will be on hand to meet their visitors and showcase their work.
All forms of art are welcome, as long as they are appropriate and family-friendly.
Thompsons said those involved in the performing and visual arts, as well as authors, will provide a diverse range of talents to showcase.
The event, she added, blends an interest in the arts with that in the community’s rich heritage.
“People love the culture we have maintained downtown,” Thompson remarked.
A series of local classified ads will provide trivia questions and clues about the stops, which Thompson hopes will help generate interest leading up to the art walk.
The art walk will be held from 3-6 p.m.
Visitors are invited to pick up a “passport” at Kari’s Treasure Trove which lists the art walk stops.
Those having their passports stamped at each location may turn it in for a drawing prize of a night on the town in Newman, which includes gift certificates for a local restaurant, a West Side Theatre performance and a gift certificate to Kari’s Treasure Trove.
The art tour is offered free of charge.
“It is designed to be a family-oriented, self-guided event,” Thompson told Mattos Newspapers. “I am pleased with the excitement we are hearing about it.”
Space is available for additional artists to participate, she added.
Those interested may contact Thompson at 803-5040.