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Downtown overflows with artistic expression

Art Walk brings collaboration of businesses, artists, musicians

October 12, 2012
By CRAIG MOON - Contributing Writer (news@timesrepublican.com) , Times-Republican

On a brisk and overcast Thursday evening Marshalltown's art and music lovers turned out to enjoy the fourth annual Art Walk.

In collaboration with downtown businesses, 24 Iowa artists put their creativity on exhibit, accompanied by the talent of local musicians .

"This is a wonderful opportunity to become familiar with Iowa artists, and to invest in original art directly from the artists," said Pam Swarts, owner of The Perfect Setting and artist coordinator for the event.

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Flutist Mindy Phomvisay entertains at The Sheep’s Stockings during the Art Walk Thursday night.

Local business, In Stitches, featured the mixed media of Netia Worley, and complimentary wine and chocolates.

"There has been steady traffic all afternoon," said owner and event organizer DyAnne Henry. "Everyone seems to be enjoying themselves."

A wide variety of art was exhibited including paintings done in acrylic, oil and pastel. Additionally, drawings in chalk and pencil were on display. Representing different art forms other exhibits included sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, mixed media and photography. There were pieces that drew admiring glances, others made folks reach for wallets, and a few provoked a puzzled look.

The variety appeared to generate interest from both collector and admirer, and both seemed to appreciate the opportunity to speak with the artists about their creations.

One satisfied customer was Arlene McAtee. She attends the event each year, and had just purchased a painting from Le Grand artist David Taylor.

"I think this will go nicely in my dining room," she said.

In a continuing success story Dawn Templeton, owner of Designz by Dawn, was representing ceramic artist Joel Ibarra, who had been delayed by exams at Iowa State.

"Joel was my guest artist for last year's event, and his work was so well received that I kept a permanent display in the store and began to sell it year round with our fresh cut and silk flower arrangements," Templeton said.

Providing an entertaining backdrop to the evening's festivities, the talents of local musicians were heard throughout downtown. For folks with a classical leaning there were performances by flute, cello and the Marshalltown High School string students. There was a puppet show, stirring vocal performances, and a rousing accordion duo. For the toe-tapping crowd two bluegrass bands played for enthusiastic fans.

Mary Giese, director of the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance, said the event was a success and she was thankful to the host businesses for their hospitality.

The unique collaboration between these businesses, artists, and local musicians make this special event possible.

 
 

 

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