Art Walk creates networking for artists

Apr. 02, 2013 @ 05:43 PM

Monroe’s art walk returns April 12 and April 13 in downtown Monroe.

The event originally began in October of 2007. On April 12, it will begin at 5:30 p.m. and run through 9 p.m. while on April 13, it will run from noon until 4 p.m.

Joyce Rentschler and Andrea Price, a mother-daughter duo, started the event with the idea of highlighting the potential of the Downtown Business District and to draw attention to the city’s local artists, according to a statement on the Downtown Monroe website.

“It’s more than just getting the word out, it’s networking,” Shakeeka Watts, an artist who has displayed work at the event in the past, said.

She has been featured on the art walk three times. Though she does not plan to be featured on the upcoming April 12 and 13 walk, she sees it as a great event and very helpful to local artists. In the past she has shown some of the quilts and baskets she’s made during the walk and while she’s sold some of her work, the event helps a lot when it comes to meeting and networking with other artists, Watts said.

So far the list of artists for the April 12 and April 13 art walk is long, and there is even a wait list started for the event in October, Price said.

She is happy to see the growth of the event since it began in 2007 and looks forward to seeing the many different artists planned to participate in it. So far there are 18 artists planned for the event, which include visual artists such as painters and

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jewelry makers as well as musicians and others, Price said.

“Not only is it bigger but more broad scoping,” she said in reference to the diversity of artists planned to be featured April 12 and 13.

Painters, fiber artists, musicians, and jewelry artists will be some of the different artists featured on the upcoming walk. 

Artists interested in being involved in future Monroe art walks can visit the Downtown Monroe website at www.historicdowntownmonroe.org or the Downtown Monroe Art Walk Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DowntownMonroeArtWalk to learn more about contacting organizers or filling out an application to participate. Participation in the bi-annual event is free, Price said.

Artwork for the event will be displayed at various sites along Main and Franklin Streets in downtown Monroe April 12 and April 13. 

  Locations and participants for April 12 and April 13 Art Walk

The Loft, 211 N. Main Street:

Herb Dickinson, painting

Amy Helms, collage

Bill Colt, multimedia

Tony Bilotto, multimedia

Mary Loma, painted tile

  Coke Event Center:

Josh Lemmonds, woodworking

Jill Hird, jewelry

  RW Price and Associates:

Linda Ward, digital photo

Beth Neyland, jewelry

  Belk Foyer:

Luke and Marcy Krenzin, music and glass

Southern Whimsy crafts

Carrolle Bowermeister, pottery

Linda Dyer, painting

Belinda Muth, painting

Ryan Cureton, painting

Treehouse Vineyard

  Union County Arts Council:

Christian Carboni, Wood sculpture

Debra Farnum, fiber art

April Reich, fashion and painting