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October 18, 2012

Pittsburg artists, musicians to put creativity on display at Friday evening ArtWalk

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Downtown Pittsburg will come alive with creativity tonight as 23 artists and musicians participate in the biannual Pittsburg ArtWalk.

The grass-roots effort was started in 2006 by a few local art advocates. The event spans Broadway from Third Street to Eighth Street each spring and fall.

“We utilize business windows to display each artist’s work, and many of them get to exhibit more days depending on their agreement with the owners,” said Rachel Patterson, one of the event’s organizers.

“We’re focusing on getting people downtown in a concentrated area and at the same time giving artists a way to showcase their work.”

Musicians are to perform at various locations, including Europe Park at 504 N. Broadway. Artists occasionally demonstrate their craft on a sidewalk or inside a business.

“It’s often spontaneous,” Patterson said.

High school art students and a few hundred youngsters who attend the Family Resource Center also will have their work on display.

“It’s neat for kids in town to come and see other kids participating in something like this,” Patterson said. “It might inspire them.”

A complete list of participating artists, businesses and musicians is available at www.facebook.com/pittsburgartwalk.

“We’re pretty excited,” Patterson said. “It looks like it will be great weather, and we’ve filled all of the windows of the businesses we’ve talked to.”

Hours

The come-and-go event is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Organizer Rachel Patterson recommends getting there earlier rather than later to best see displays before daylight begins to fade.

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