It's about the art, but there's so much more set to take place during the Main Street Art Walk on Thursday night.
The event, now in its fourth year, will run from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Marshalltown with 24 businesses and 25 artists participating.
Aside from the dozens of original art pieces on display, there will also be several different musicians performing in the downtown shops to add to the creativity of the event.
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Denise Ulery, of Marshalltown, takes a photo of a wire art piece by Marshalltown’s Rodney Adkisson outside Great Western Bank during the 2011 Art Walk.
Art Walk chair DyAnne Henry, owner of the shop In Stitches, hopes for continued growth of the event.
"We had a wonderful response to this event last year and we are looking forward to seeing even more people throughout the downtown this year," Henry said.
Visitors will not only be able to shop for art and other items downtown, they can also meet the artists and talk to them about their work.
If you go ...
WHAT: Art Walk
WHEN: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday
WHERE: Downtown Marshalltown
"Being able to talk to them face-to-face is always nice," Henry said.
This year will attract local artists as well as some from other parts of the state who are excited to be able to display and sell their work. Downtown businesses hope the visitors arriving for the art will also visit other businesses then have dinner downtown as well.
"It gives artists a chance to show their work and people to enjoy a nice event," said Mary Giese, director of the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance. "We've had more and more businesses involved and more and more people attending each year."
Artists performing throughout the downtown include Prairie Creek String Band, Andrew Geyssens on bass; Mindy Phomvisay, flute; Jan Kluck, accordion; and Brian Peterson, cello, M-Tunes barbershop quartet, Grandpa's Puppets, County Line Bluegrass and Marshalltown High School string students.
Art Walk is held in conjunction with the national Arts & Humanities Month, and is co-sponsored by the Marshall County Arts and Culture Alliance, Marshalltown Central Business District and the Marshalltown Convention and Visitors Bureau, with support from Home Federal Bank.