Columbus Art Walk Downtown Thursday is Top 20 Event


Visitors to Columbus' Art Walk Downtown 2017 talk with artists displaying their work outside and inside participating businesses.

Visitors to Columbus' Art Walk Downtown 2017 talk with artists displaying their work outside and inside participating businesses.
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Jan Swoope



Columbus' annual Art Walk Downtown, set for Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., has again earned recognition as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The sixth annual Art Walk is a partnership of Main Street Columbus and the Columbus Arts Council, designed to showcase some of the diversity and quality of original art available in the community. 


The event began with local artists paired with downtown business owners; artwork was displayed inside stores. In the years since, it has grown to also feature artists and local musicians lining the sidewalks, as well as in Leadership Plaza at the corner of Fifth Street South and College Street. Residents and visitors alike get the opportunity to purchase art, meet and talk with the artists, take advantage of in-store discounts and promotions and enjoy music in the streets. 


"It is truly great to see every medium of paintings displayed, as well as sculpture art, glasswork, photography, fine jewelry and much more," said Main Street Columbus Executive Director Barbara Bigelow. "We enjoy partnering with the Columbus Arts Council each year so that this fabulous community event can take place in our historic downtown area."  


Twenty businesses and more than 35 artists are slated to participate Thursday. Bring cash or checks to make purchases from artists, no credit cards. 


Rae's Jewelry owner Pete Elmore on Fifth Street South looks forward to the festive event. Rae's will host stained glass artist Jane Crawford inside the store. 


"Absolutely, we like to have lots of people in the store," Elmore said. "It's kind of like a party; people come in, some know the artist, they chat and look at everything." The Art Walk can bring a whole different group of people into various businesses, added Elmore, who has owned Rae's for 18 years. 


Columbus Arts Council Program Manager Beverly Norris said, "It's wonderful to see folks of all ages out enjoying themselves, visiting downtown shops and getting exposed to original art and great music all at the same time. Columbus has really come together to support this, and with the participation of the businesses and the talented artists, it's grown into a fun community event." 


Main Street Columbus will offer face painting at its offices at 107 Fifth St. S. and a children's activity, "something kids can enjoy and take home with them," Bigelow said.  


The Art Walk brings people from all walks of life together, she noted.  


"Whether you are an avid art collector or a novice one, there is something for everyone to enjoy." 


For more information about Art Walk Downtown, contact Main Street Columbus at 662-328-6305, or the Columbus Arts Council at 662-3282787 (closed Mondays). 






WHO: Main Street Columbus, Columbus Arts Council 


WHAT: Columbus Art Walk Downtown 


WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 


WHERE: Downtown businesses, sidewalks 


COST: Free to attend 




Art Walk 2018 Pairings 


  • A Southern Gathering: Laura Meadows/Mulberry Paints 


  • Bank of Commerce: Andre Ray 


  • Bella Derma: Montero Baker 


  • Bliss Yoga: Katelyn Lowe 


  • Coffeehouse on 5th: Dulcy Little, Phillip Cranford 


  • Columbus Arts Council: Joe and Joseph MacGown, Gail Richardson, Larry Feeney, Bruce Hufford 


  • Edward Jones: Aislinn Nolte, Keegan Wright 


  • Events Off 5th: Adele Elliott, Amanda Slaughter, Mary Redman 


  • Fashion Barn: Goodman Antler Creations, Sami Austin, Caroline Crosson 


  • Hollyhocks: Jenny Vega, Vicki Bailey 


  • Impressions by Susan: Penny Scarboro 


  • J. Broussard's: Sharon Foster, Three Oaks Pottery, Victoria Culpepper, Haley Roundtree, SGK Studios 


  • Jennifer Garner Designs: Jeanette Jarmon 


  • Mira Mira Boutique: Nancy Scott 


  • Park Place Boutique: Heather Hewett, Alden Wiygul 


  • Rae's Jewelry: Jane Crawford 


  • Steel Forest Furniture: Hillary Parker 


  • The Paint Store: Ralph Null 


  • Three Sisters Pie Co.: Mallory Marty Coffey 


  • The Southern: Sonya Price 


  • Corner of College and Fifth: Kenneth Smith 


  • Leadership Plaza: Morgan Ekert, Macy Hicks, Catherine Herold


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


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