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Downtown Columbus Art Walk offers a creative night out

 

In this file photo, Benjamin Gibbons and John Lammons, students at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, entertain shoppers during the 2013 Downtown Columbus Art Walk. This year's Art Walk is Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

In this file photo, Benjamin Gibbons and John Lammons, students at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, entertain shoppers during the 2013 Downtown Columbus Art Walk. This year's Art Walk is Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Photo by: Dispatch file photo

 

Jan Swoope

 

 

In what has become an annual collaboration, downtown Columbus merchants and area artists team up again Thursday for the Downtown Columbus Art Walk.  

 

Nearly 30 visual artists will be paired with more than two dozen downtown businesses for an evening of creative exploration, live music and after-hours shopping from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Presented by Main Street Columbus and the Columbus Arts Council, the fifth annual Art Walk has been named one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for September. 

 

What began with local artists displaying inside downtown merchants' shops has expanded to include artists on the sidewalks and in Leadership Plaza at the corner of Fifth Street South and College Street as well. Local musicians performing on the street add to the warm, hometown atmosphere, said Barbara Bigelow, executive director of Main Street Columbus. 

 

"We enjoy partnering with the Columbus Arts Council each year so that this fabulous community event can take place in our historic downtown area," Bigelow said. "We believe that having a well-defined art and cultural district proves vital and is a part of today's new economy." 

 

Artist Faye Asadi of Columbus has participated every year, bringing her watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings. She describes the Art Walk as an "awesome night."  

 

"It's people getting together, they can see your work and meet face to face," she said. "I really love that environment." 

 

Jennifer Garner of Jennifer Garner Designs, located on Main Street, likes the event's casually festive atmosphere.  

 

"It's come-and-go, a time to just enjoy and get to talk to people, check out local artists and shop locally downtown," she said.  

 

Like many other businesses involved, her shop will offer select promotions that night. "The Art Walk can be a good start on Christmas shopping," she noted.  

 

 

 

Where to go 

 

Art Walk business and artist pairings as of Thursday are: 

 

  • A.L.O.E. - Kelly McBride Kalinowski  

     

  • Ann Davis Real Estate Group - Bruce Hufford  

     

  • Anointed Apparel - Dana Mosby 

     

  • Bank of Commerce - Andre Ray 

     

  • Bella Derma - Gail Richardson 

     

  • Bliss Yoga - Cynthia Buob 

     

  • Books & Boards - Joe and Joseph MacGown 

     

  • Coffeehouse on 5th - Amy Burdine 

     

  • Columbus Arts Council - Jacob Crook 

     

  • Edward Jones - Betty Hartley 

     

  • Events off 5th - Studio 206 

     

  • Fashion Barn - Goodman Antler Creations; Jennifer Garrard 

     

  • Hollyhocks - Julia Graber; Laura Meadows 

     

  • J. Broussard's - Sharon Foster; Gnome Clean 

     

  • Jennifer Garner Designs - Jeanette Jarmon 

     

  • neonFrog Inc. - Faye Asadi  

     

  • Park Place Boutique - Kailey Hall 

     

  • Party and Paper - Catherine Herold; Heather Madison 

     

  • Rae's Jewelry - Jane Crawford 

     

  • Steel Forest Furniture - Lindsay Runnels 

     

  • The Bride & Groom - Courtney Hutchins 

     

  • The Paint Store - Ralph Null 

     

  • Three Sisters Pie Co. - Jonathan Cumberland 

     

  • Trotter Courtyard - Steve Strawbride 

     

    For more Art Walk information, contact Main Street Columbus, 662-328-6305, or the Columbus Arts Council, 662-328-2787.

     

  • Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.

     

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