Jan. 26: One-night pop-up gallery crawl in Plain City

Sophie Caouette, an art design and communications student at Tolles Career & Technical Center, works on a painting. Several of her pieces will be on display at the Hair Loft during the inaugural Plain City Arts Walk on Jan. 26.

(Posted Jan. 17, 2024)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

New to the Plain City events calendar is the Plain City Arts Walk, a one-night pop-up gallery crawl set for 5-8 p.m. Jan. 26.

Businesses in uptown Plain City will serve as galleries for the night, showcasing artwork by professional and amateur artists, all of whom are from Plain City or have ties to Plain City.

The Arts Walk is the inaugural event of Plain City Walks, a grassroots group of residents interested in encouraging walking and pedestrian life in the village as a way to build community, promote wellness, and improve safety.

Courey Leer, Plain City Walks co-founder, said it’s been fun connecting with area artists and working with local businesses to pull the event together.

“We have a variety of artists with different experience levels and types of work,” she said. “For example, we have a couple of high school seniors with showcases, and we have a guy who was a graphic designer for 30 years at Wendy’s who is now doing fine art.”

Leer is thrilled with the business community’s reception of the Arts Walk concept. In addition to offering up space for displays, some businesses are planning special events within the event. The folks at Front Porch Home, for one, are bringing in a wine connoisseur to conduct a wine tasting seminar during the walk hours.

The overall format gives residents and visitors a unique reason to walk around uptown and brings foot traffic to local businesses–a win-win, Leer said.

The Art Walks’ co-sponsor, Daily Needs Assistance, is organizing a youth art night in conjunction with the Jan. 26 event. They will be set up at Brick House Blue, 213 S. Chillicothe St., offering children an interactive art station and displaying artwork by students from Plain City Elementary and Shekinah Christian School.

“At DNA, we believe that we are made to create, that children of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels should be given the opportunity to find authentic and healthy outlets of self-expression,” said Tamra Reed, DNA executive director. “Shared art experiences bring people together, foster connection, and contribute to a sense of belonging within the greater community.”

Artists and Gallery Locations
The following are artists and display locations confirmed for the Arts Walk as of this week. Other artists interested in displaying their work can contact Leer at (412) 996-1521 or coureyleer@gmail.com.

For event and artist updates, visit “Plain City Walks” on Facebook, click on the Arts Walk event announcement, and click on the “discussion” tab. Many of the artists will have their works for sale.

Robert B. Wilson paintings at Plain City Historical Society, 105 W. Main St. Before he passed away in 2023, Plain City native Wilson bequeathed his entire studio of artwork to the Plain City Historical Society. More than 70 pieces will be on display.

Lindsey Stevens at Front Porch Home, 114 W. Main St.–paintings

Elisabeth Yoder at Village Massage, 121 W. Main St.–relief prints

Summer Holmes at Rummell, Brill & Cassady Insurance, 127 W. Main St.–jewelry and mosaics

Jerry Hayslett at The Silo, 138 W. Main St.–paintings

Kelly Costella at The Silo, 138 W. Main St.–woven arts

Kathie Gaynor at Main Street Nails, 151 W. Main St.–mixed media

Judy Gray at Hammer & Stain, 153-A W. Main St.–jewelry

Maya Runkle at Plain City Nutrition, 160 W. Main St.–paintings

Amy Bender at Plain City Nutrition, 160 W. Main St.–paintings

Rae Delisle at Sweet Dreams Salt Therapy Ohio, 218 W. Main St.–paintings

Sophie Caouette at Hair Loft, 120 N. Chillicothe St.–paintings

Porkchop Robbins at Pioneer Pizza, 132 N. Chillicothe St.–comic illustration.

Allison Igne DeGeorge at U Will Dance Studio, 133 N. Chillicothe St.–paintings

Hannah Hedrick at U Will Dance Studio, 133 N. Chillicothe St.–prints and textiles.

Ben Helmuth at historic Farmers National Bank building, State Route 161 and Chillicothe Street–drawings

Erin Goins at Plain City Animal Hospital, 204 W. Bigelow Ave.–pet portraits

Aaron Hamby at Lee’s Sports & Spirits, 209 W. Bigelow Ave.–mixed media.

About Plain City Walks
Founded by Leer and Diana McCartney, Plain City Walks held its first meeting on Nov. 8, 2023. Approximately 20 people attended ranging in age from 6 to 80 years old. They shared their ideas and concerns regarding pedestrian needs in the community. They also talked about ways for Plain City to be more engaged as a community.

“We’re about celebrating neighborliness. We’re not just a health group or a moms’ group of strollers. We foresee being a little bit of everything as we evolve,” Leer said.

The group is already planning more events in the uptown area, including a dessert walk and youth bike nights, with dates and details yet to be determined. They also are looking to collaborate with other community groups in the area.

Plain City Walks is not administered or directly affiliated with the village of Plain City administration, any specific business, or any locally elected official.

For more information, visit “Plain City Walks” on Facebook.

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