Huntington Art Walk Resumes Thursday in Downtown; Author at Adell's Antiques

Updated 5 years ago by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Huntington Art Walk Resumes Thursday in Downtown; Author at Adell's Antiques

Fresh from recognition by Create Huntington and Mayor Steve Williams, the Huntington Art Walk resumes its monthly downtown visual and photographic Thursday evening boost to the economy. Beginning its third year, the Art Walk joins business and artistic vendors to create a reason for pedestrian traffic to stick around after 5 p.m.

The Art Walk coincides  with the initial portion of Chat n Chew which begins at 5:30 and runs until  7 p.m. in the Frederick lobby.

Co-creator of the event, Elsa Littlepage, will exhibit some of her comic book cosplay modeling prints at NY Bagel., 944 Fourth Avenue which will  stay open late to participate in the Walk.

The Wild Ramp will feature at Heritage Village features ceramic guitarist Jason Kiley of Jason made the beautiful mugs for sale in the Wild Ramp and at River and Rail Bakery. A variety of other work from local artisans will be available to buy inside the market. The Wild Ramp will be open until 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

Adell's Antiques, 926 4th avenue, will have a book signing for published author Don McGraw, and several artists on hand for conversation.

Jewelry by Proxy will exhibit at Mug and Pia, 939 Third Avenue. Originally from Ashland, Rhonda Arthur told HNN, "I was totally shocked that Huntington's art walk isn't as big as even Ashland's. I feel like we can do way better than that, so I am going to try to get involved as much as I can with getting the word out there and getting people involved"

During the Good and Welfare portion of council Monday night, Ms. Littlepage asked whether the City of Huntington would be interested in making art walk an "official" event, rather than the current loosely run grassroots organization.

Having often visited the  Charleston' Art Walk, she explained that city has more art galleries where that event takes place. Huntington utilizes restaurants and shops and an all inclusive variety of artists from beginners to established. The Charleston event, which coincides with Huntington on the third Thursday of the month.

Heavily promoted, the Charleston Art Walk is "organized and structured in a way that brings tourists into the city." However, she shared an arts vision that could put Huntington on par with Louisville, Columbus, and Cincinnati.

Huntington Art Walk Resumes Thursday in Downtown; Author at Adell's Antiques

"Cincinnati is an arts " utopia" and her vision what Huntington could achieve. Referring to her time spent there, Littlepage told council,  "We have a golden opportunity.  I think we can have all the things they have. I  want to see us bring back a regatta and start our own event similar to Festivall."

Councilman Scott Caserta agreed  stating that he believes that Mayor Williams and many council members "would be willing to serve on a committee to support what you are saying." He added that Huntington has been recently designated a certified arts community.

Currently, the once monthly April-Oct event is promoted through Tri State Arts and Facebook and community word of mouth. It is completely grassroots and operates through community volunteers.

She has been honored by Create Huntington and Mayor Williams (along with co-founder Chris Hayes) for creating, organizing and promoting the event.

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