The artists and venues participating in Art Walk will be setting up soon, preparing for a special weekend full of artistic displays, music, activities, and food. Held in Historic Carthage Square, Art Walk is an exciting event for people of all ages. This quarter’s theme is Comics and Sequential Art, and you’ll find work from featured artist Sean Fitzgibbon at UMB Bank on the Square. If you’re planning to attend Art Walk, check out these seven tips that will help you get the most from the event.
1. Choose the Right Day to Attend
Art Walk begins on Friday, April 13th at 6pm with Date Night, and continues on Saturday, April 14th with Family Day. Before making plans for the event, choose the right day to attend. Friday’s blend of art, entertainment, and wine tasting is a perfect option for couples and adults looking for fun weekend plans, while the family-friendly activities available on Saturday are great for kids and adults alike.
2. Come Prepared for the Event
Art Walk is held in Historic Carthage Square, so come prepared for an outdoor event. Wear comfortable shoes, bring sunscreen, and be sure to dress comfortably for the weather. Venues across the square will have delicious food and drink options available, so it’s also a good idea to come hungry!
3. Bring Your Friends
People of all ages and personalities love Art Walk, which makes it a great event to attend with your friends. Catch up with your best friend as you browse selections from more than 20 talented artists, or visit the wine tasting event with a special date. You’ll have a good time at Art Walk regardless of who you bring, but the event is more fun when you join some of your favorite people.
4. Chat with Artists
The artists who attend Art Walk are passionate about their work and excited to share it with new audiences. When you visit a display, you’ll often find the artist near his or her work along with some information on the pieces. If you find a piece of artwork that you love, don’t be afraid to ask the artist about the design or the meaning behind the work. Of course, you should be respectful of the artist’s time, as he or she will likely have other guests waiting, but be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity offered by Art Walk.
5. Respect the Venues
The businesses and venues participating in Art Walk do the community a great service by working with this event. Without their participation, it would be difficult to find the space for artist displays and activities! Be sure to treat all of the venues you visit with respect. Be careful with food and drinks, and be respectful of other patrons in each establishment. With the cooperation of all guests, everyone can have a great experience at Art Walk.
6. Have an Open Mind
When you visit an event like Art Walk, you’ll encounter new styles of art and expression, so it’s best to come with an open mind. Though you may not be familiar with a particular style of art, this event is a great opportunity to gain exposure to new ideas and modes of creativity. With more than 20 artists showing work, there are plenty of opportunities to view a diverse range of artistic styles. Try to see a little bit of everything and avoid judgments until you’ve seen the work closely.
7. Know What You Want
Though you should aim to keep an open mind about the artistic work on display, it’s also okay to be aware of what you like. If there is a particular style of art you’d like to purchase for your home, come to the event prepared with a budget and information on measurements so that you’ll know when you find the right piece. Art is an investment, so it’s important to choose a piece that you really love. If you’re not ready to purchase anything at Art Walk, be sure to ask the artists you admire for contact information so that you can reach them in the future.