Despite morning drizzle and downtown sidewalk construction, ARTWalk turned out pretty well.

Despite morning drizzle and downtown sidewalk construction, ARTWalk turned out pretty well.
“I tried to keep the art and music on the west side of Broadway as much as I could,” said LaStacia Ross, Wishing Tree owner and ARTWalk organizer.
She said she kept in close touch with Judy Westhoff, downtown development director, while planning the event. “Judy has been a huge help with permits and having Immigrant Park for our reception following the walk,” Ross said. “And, you know, the project really has been moving faster than I thought it would, and the new sidewalks look great.”
Numerous artists exhibited their work in downtown store windows. Rebecca Lomshek posted work by her Pittsburg High School mathematics students.
“We were studying equations of lines, and also the symmetry of circles as the basis for designs,” she said. “The students all did a great job.”
The Colonial Fox Theatre was open for tours, and had wire sculptures by Girard High School students on display in the lobby.
Student art work from the recent Mother to Mother Ministry card design contest were exhibited in the Colonial Fox Foundation office.
Several artists demonstrated their work. Ruth Atchley did paste batik, using a paste of flour, water and alum to make designs on cloth, then painting dye around it.
“I’m a teacher, can’t you tell?” she said as she distributed instruction sheets to bystanders.
Mick Lindsay had been scheduled to give a drawing demonstration, but plans were changed at the last minute.
“LaStacia Ross called me Thursday and asked if I’d do a mural over a broken window at her store,” he said. “I was up until 4:30 a.m. making the template for this. It’s very spontaneous, and I think that’s more interesting than just drawing.”
Alan Kirby had an outdoor demonstration of raku pottery firing at Cow Creek Pottery, with finished work by him and other clay artists and painters inside the gallery.
“I’m so glad the weather cleared up and we were able to have the demonstration,” said Sylvia Shirley, Cow Creek Pottery owner. “We’ve had a really nice turnout.”
Janette Mauk dropped by shortly after the pieces were put into the raku kiln, walked down Broadway to see other art, then returned in time to see the fired pot removed from the kiln.
“This is the first time I’ve gotten to go to ARTWalk, because I’ve always had something else I had to do,” she said.
Riq Quinteros and his daughter, Hannah, were other enthusiastic ARTWalkers. “I love it,” he said. “I’m a soccer coach, but I had to cancel practice because of the weather, and this is the first time in three years that we’ll be able to be here from the beginning of ARTWalk until the end. It’s really something special.”
“It’s neat that they give us papers on how to do this stuff,” his daughter added, showing her copy of the batik instruction sheet.
Quinteros said they planned to finish the evening at the reception held in Immigrant Park and enjoy the music.
Live music is an important part of the event.
“We have several performers and groups, and all the music is wonderful,” Ross said. “The musicians really help make this event, and add a wonderful ambiance.”