CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Carthage Artwalk will look a little different this year, as one spring event will take the place of monthly events in 2019.

Artwalk was created as a monthly event to showcase local artists, and the event has had dwindling participation over the past few years. Hosted on the fourth Friday of every month, the event frequently coincided with Carthage home football games in the fall.

Jeanine Poe, chair of the Artwalk committee, said the new one-time event will better serve both the vendors who participate in the program and the residents who attend it.

"We realize that it is a lot of work for artists to come set up for a shorter time frame like what was offered on a Friday evening," Poe said. "The new structure should also be more attractive to food vendors and people attending the event."

The new structure includes moving the event, now called Art.A.Fair, to Saturday and running all day. It will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and will be sponsored by the Carthage Council on the Arts, a nonprofit organization that supports artists and art activities in Carthage.

Alice Lynn Greenwood-Mathe, executive director of artCentral, serves on the Artwalk committee and said the group will reach out to organizers of other events for suggestions, as well as to make sure the Art.A.Fair doesn't conflict with dates of those events.

"It seems to me it's really smart to visit with them so that we don't re-create the wheel," Greenwood-Mathe said.

The committee met Friday morning to continue discussions on event specifics, including a logo, T-shirts and fundraising. Art.A.Fair will be held on the square in downtown Carthage, and the committee plans to have a lineup of live music to go along with the art booths and food trucks.

Details to come

Applications for artists and other vendors will become available within the next few weeks at artafaircarthage.com.

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