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WPCCAC plans inaugural ‘Art Walk’ for May

April 15, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

The West Point Clay County Arts Council (WPCCAC) has been a particularly busy group in recent weeks, as it prepares for the inaugural Art Walk.
This year’s event is set to take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17 in downtown West Point and will feature artists working with raw materials from all over the state and region. WPCCAC member and event planner Vickie Burris said as of Monday, some 38 participants from Mississippi and Alabama had already committed to sharing their talents at the event, and she expected at least five more to confirm by the end of the week. Last year’s first ever event brought 49 participants, and Burris said she expected that number to remain consistent.
“These are displays of fine art,” Burris said. “It has to be something created from raw materials, such as painting. … We’ve got a lot of woodworkers this year, and we’ve got several (artists working with) textiles and spinners.”
Burris said many of those participating in this year’s Art Walk were registered on the Mississippi Arts Commission roster — a juried listing, in which Mississippi artists must submit artwork to MAC for consideration and acceptance to the roster. Several artists are returning from last year’s event, along with some new faces as well. Artists will set up primarily inside downtown businesses along Commerce Street, Burris said, making a loop from East Main Street at Coon Tattoo up to Southern Ionics, down East Jordan Avenue and back.
“We may have a few set up outside, like in the Culin Arts Courtyard and where the sidewalk is a little deeper, but most everyone will be inside,” Burris said. “We don’t want to block off the walkways or streets.”

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