By Kathy Dyess,
Special to the
Daily Times Leader
A mighty Spring Storm will hit downtown West Point—a “perfect” storm of Art, that is! Creativity will fill the air as more than 50 fine artists, crafts men and women display their art in the first annual Historic Downtown Art Walk, Saturday, April 13th.
What better way to invigorate a spring Saturday than breathe in the artistic spirit while browsing, eating, and listening to great music on Commerce Street? Local businesses are the hosts for the artists, as they open their doors and artworks become displays inside their stores and spilling onto the sidewalks for the day.
A true Art Walk is all about the ambiance, quality art, expanding horizons, and interacting with artists to become more informed and enlightened. Of course, the artists are thrilled when a piece of their work is purchased and finds a new home with those who appreciate their efforts.
Sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council, this event is modeled after Art Walks held by “Art Meccas” such Carmel, CA, and Sedona, AZ, which encourage and celebrate the arts. “We want West Point to become one of those “Art Meccas,” too,” said president Monte Brasfield.
The whole day will be filled with activities downtown surrounding the Art Walk. The air will be filled with music from 9am-9pm. Musicians include Jeremy Klutts, Joe Jordan, Layna Shackelford, and Tim “Mookie” Wilson.
Chairperson Vickie Burris has organized this event and is delighted with the response from both artists and business owners. “The enthusiasm with which everyone I have spoken with about this event is just overwhelming. The artists can’t wait to set up and share their art with West Point, and the business owners embraced the idea from the beginning,” she said. “Thanks also goes to the Mississippi Arts Commission for awarding us a grant, which partially funds this initial Art Walk.”
The Sally Kate Winters Family Services will also be a part of the festivities conducting their 4th Annual 5K fun run and other family activities in the park during the day.
Many will want to take advantage of the special lunch menu created for the Art Walk at the Ritz Café. There will be a live acoustic guitar performance by Layna Shackelford accompanying the relaxed atmosphere at the Ritz.
Capping off the day will be a concert by Starkville sister duo Hannah and Caroline Melby—HanaLena, formerly Nash Street. Their sound is a unique blend of bluegrass, country, pop-acoustic, and blues. These two rising stars will be performing a concert at Center Stage, Central School, Saturday evening at 7:00. Tickets are $15 for those over 18. Under 18 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult purchasing a ticket. Those over 65 are also admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door, CulinArts or Petal Pushers, or by calling 494-5678.
More stories and photos of the artists, musicians, and businesses will be coming in the next few weeks. Get ready West Point—a Storm is coming!