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Morning Sun
  • Downtown busy with Spring Art Walk

  • What does it take to have a successful Art Walk?

    If last night’s spring Art Walk was any example, it takes beautiful weather, plenty of art, live music, a few sweet treats, a spring (roll) in one’s step and even a touch of magic.

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  • What does it take to have a successful Art Walk?
    If last night’s spring Art Walk was any example, it takes beautiful weather, plenty of art, live music, a few sweet treats, a spring (roll) in one’s step and even a touch of magic.
    With 53 artists and roughly 25 musicians and bands, there was plenty to see and hear during the spring Art Walk, as well as a few things to eat.
    “There are things we hope are bigger and better and more, but I’m happy,” said Heather Horton, Sweet Designs Cakery owner and among the Art Walk organizers. “I’m impressed with the way the Pittsburg community showed out for this event.”
    She wasn’t the only one. With plenty of visitors and guests walking up and down the downtown sidewalks, many businesses stayed open later than usual to appeal to the Art Walk customers.
    And those customers had plenty of artwork to see. In some cases, the crowd was even asked to participate. One area had a paint-by-numbers section, and passersby would help fill in the look. Another area had a make-your-own straw art.
    “It’s not just visual arts,” Horton said. “We’re trying to incorporate all kinds of art. There’s even some performance art. It’s pretty cool, because we didn’t know what to expect. I’m impressed with what’s going on.”
    And so are people like Matt Trotter. He came from Fort Scott to be part of the event, and he enjoyed hearing the sound of an active downtown filled with music.
    “We’ve got some friends in the local music scene, and a lot of them are playing tonight,” Trotter said. “We’re a little too old to still be in it, but it’s nice to see it’s still there. We like a lot of the stuff [at the Art Walk]. It’s a nice mixture of people out.”
    There was plenty to see, with the P.E.A.C.E. Group Hoop Troop on one corner, the Pittsburg Farmer’s Market open at another corner, live music on yet another corner, and even local magician Jay Temaat putting on a magic show of his own.
    It was all music to the ears of the Pittsburg downtown.
    “All you have to do is basically organize and put together a really good event, market it well, and get all the downtown businesses to rally together, stay open a little longer,” joked Sarah Jensen, Colonial Fox Theatre Foundation public relations/marketing coordinator. “Downtown business owners have been putting this on their Facebook and taking pictures of the art in their stores. This is a great example of what downtown needs to be.”
     

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