Art Stroll in Canal Winchester set for May 10

By Rick Palsgrove
Southeast Editor

Art can enrich a community.

With that in mind, the Canal Winchester Art Guild will present its third annual Art Stroll in historic downtown Canal Winchester on May 10 from 2-8 p.m. This is a free event.

“Canal Winchester is blessed to have a robust art community,” said Linda Henry Boving. “I was one of the founding members of the art guild over 15 years ago and have been president for the past two years. The Art Stroll has brought the vast amount of local talent to the attention of the community, which has been very supportive. Local businesses and individuals have become a part of the Art Stroll both financially and volunteering to help make each year a success.”

Artists and their works will be located in local businesses and studios throughout downtown Canal Winchester and in tents in the lawn behind Stradley Park at 36 S. High St. A wide variety of art and mediums will be displayed including paintings, collage, glass, wood, jewelry, photography, pottery, fiber art and mixed media. A map will be provided of where each artist and event will be located.

“In regards to new or unusual things to see this year, we have a young man, I believe he is 12-years-old now, who is an honorary guild member,” said Boving. “His name is Jacob Reher and he is an illustrator/comic book artist who had his first book published just a few months ago. He is a rising star in the comic book world!”

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Wakefold Jazz Quartet from Capital University, who will perform from 2:30-7:30 p.m. in Stradley Park.

Other activities during the Art Stroll include face painting for kids and sidewalk chalk art in Stradley Park. The Quilters on the Canal will hold a quilt exhibition in the Community Center, 22 Trine St. The Canal Winchester Historical Society will give tours of the Barber Museum, 2 S. High St. The work of Canal Winchester art students will be on display at Shade on the Canal, 19 S. High St.

“The Gardens and Pathways of Canal Winchester” art competition features the works of Canal Winchester Art Guild members whose work will be voted on by the public. The artwork will depict scenes from gardens and pathways within the Canal Winchester School District. The competition will be held during the Art Stroll in the Olde Town Hall at 10 N. High St. from 2-8 p.m.
Featured artists will include: Sandra Packer, Margaret Sharrad Eriksen, Sharon Will, Christine Jones, A. K. Simon, Hilda Waddell, Carolyn Sittler, Dick and Jo Weiser, Robert Warren, Teresa Satola, Jim Schwartz, Anne Blackwell, Brenda Francis, Matt Hickman, Patty Sykes, Carroll Cunningham, Trena England, Marcy Harris, Bill Ray, Jacob Reher, Jack and Jan Seabaugh, Jessica Smith,  Gary Bumpus, Rick Mock, Julian Cennamo, Christine Kock, Kathy Vasko, Carol Wood, Mats Ahlstrom, Barb Sewall, Molly Graham and Linda Henry Boving.

Participating studios and host businesses include:  Studio 7.5, Harvest Moon Café, Fantasy Cupcakes, CornerSmiths, Robert Warren Art Loft, Village Wines, Encore Marketing, Lynch Retirement Advisors, Chase Bank, Romans  Pizza, York Law Firm, Michael P. Vasko Legal Services, Art with Attitude, Mats Ahlstrom Studio, Sticks and Stones Studio, Canal Winchester Chamber of Commerce, Campbell Insurance Group, Simply Local and Creatress Studio.

“The part of the Canal Winchester Art Guild mission statement that means the most to me is, ‘to foster and to encourage others in artistic development,’” said Boving. “I am pleased to say that our guild membership has doubled since we began the Art Stroll and we hope it will continue to grow.”

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