Key Peninsula artists will be celebrated and showcased in Key Center, Wednesday, Aug. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Inspired by regular art walks in other communities, Two Waters Arts Alliance (TWAA) organized the inaugural art walk last year. After more than 300 visitors came to view the displays, organizers Taylor Reed and Margo Macdonald decided to make it an annual event.
"Last year, it was really wonderful to see the town full of people strolling from one location to another, happily chatting with friends along the way," Reed said. "It really felt like a small-town community."
At least 25 local artists will be featured this year. The work ranges from glass and pottery to oil painting and jewelry. Artwork will be for sale, with pieces in every price range and style, Reed said.
Art will be displayed at seven locations in Key Center, including the library, the professional center next door, the fire station, the KC Corral, Close to Home Espresso, Sunnycrest Nursery and Blend Wine Shop. Art in three of the venues—the library, the professional center and Blend—will remain on display through August.
There will be live music at Sunnycrest. "The drummers have been practicing," said owner Claudia Loy.
Molly Swensen, co-owner of Blend, said, "Last year we had no idea how many would attend, especially midweek. But so many came to see the work. We saw new faces; people who often just pass through Key Center stopped to see what was going on."
Refreshments will be available along the way and artists will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions.
Laura Mosely will demonstrate sumi-e, Japanese black ink brush painting. Reed plans to schedule additional music and demonstrations. "We are still working on a couple special attractions, so stay posted," she said.
TWAA will offer a sneak preview of a work to be offered at its 2017 Spring Fling live auction. "'Dragonflies' is a stunning collaborative piece by Barbara Lee Smith and Andrea Uravitch in mixed media," said Reed. "It will hang in the Brones Room at the library for the month of August. It’s valued at $3,000 and we feel very fortunate that Barbara has donated it to us. We think that when people see it, they will begin to battle over who gets to own it. It could make for a very active auction!"
It’s not too late for artists to participate, Reed said. Anyone interested can contact Colleen Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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