Copyright 2016, 2017 Downtown Special Improvement District, Bowling Green, OH
Despite the precipitation and the many other events going on in Bowling Green this Saturday, 25th Annual Art Walk was very well attended and offered something for everyone. The local talent of thirty-two established artists found its place in our downtown shops and restaurants. Almost seven hours of reviewing all of the exhibits brought jurors Sara Busler and Lauren Canavan to their selection of Carole Kauber as the First Place winner of the juried awards. Carole’s work was displayed at Coyote Beads which was the perfect setting for the striking colors in her Southwestern landscapes. This award was sponsored by BGSU School of Art.
The people also had a voice in selecting artists that they connected with and Tom Roller was selected as the First Place People Choice for the second consecutive year. Tom’s sculptures of 16 gauge steel sound industrial, but in fact are breathtaking nature-inspired pieces. His designs were featured at Ginny’s Inspired Fashions and the award was sponsored by Jeff & Inge Klopping.
Other Art Walk winners and the sponsors:
Ann Beck-jewelry 2nd Place Juried Award, sponsored by BG Arts Council
Mary Dennis-pottery 3rd Place Juried Award, sponsored by Art Supply Depo’
Diana Bibler, sculpture 2nd Place People’s Choice, sponsored by John & Alice Calderonello
Victoria Thompson, body painting/narrative 3rd Place People’s Choice, sponsored by Art Supply Depo’
Project Silver Shoe which was organized for the casual artist and a total of twenty entries were received by the Downtown Foundation. The top three were awarded for their talents by Don Rose Auctioneers. The selection process was through a silent auction. Winners of this competition were Julia Pierce - First Place, BG Parks and Recreation Foundation - Second Place and Sandy Kerr/Marissa Muniz – Third Place.
All the winners were recognized at an After Party that was open to the public. Food was donated by downtown restaurants; Easy Street Café’, Mister Spots, Qdoba Mexican Eats and SamB’s Restaurants. Music by the Enohpoxas Saxophone Quartet gave the most delightful segway to each category of awards. The group played many familiar tunes, including “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Raffles for the Baker O’Brien Art Glass Pony and the quilt donated by the Black Swamp Quilters were also announced at the after party. Kitty Pattay was very happy to take home the beautiful pony and the quilt winner was Barb Lemon. Many thanks to Baker O’Brien, Banfax Pest Control and the Black Swamp Quilters for the donations that made these raffles possible.
The fourth year of the Quilt Display and Demonstration brought hundreds of people through the Four Corners Center. The talent of these quilters is exceptional and compliments the whole theme of Art Walk. This display is organized by Busy Thimble Quilt Shop and the Black Swamp Quilters.
Bowling Green Local Schools participated through displays of art from the elementary schools through the high school. The teachers helped with window displays at several of the stores, an exceptional jewelry display at Waddington Jewelers and one of the largest displays of school art and interactive artistic expression graced the space at 127 S. Main.
The performing arts at Grumpy Dave’s included dance by Julie’s Dance Studio students. A young musician, Julian Nathan & Company practiced extra hard for his performance on his violin and those seasoned musicians with many years of performing April Freed, Bruce Lillie, DJ Nabinger and Ellis Nigh.
The Downtown Foundation would like to thank Bowling Green Arts Council for the partnership in making this annual event so successful. Many thanks also extended to all the businesses and volunteers that made donations of time and talent.
The Downtown Foundation is a 501 C 3 non-profit organization that relies on the proceeds of events to fund capital improvement projects. These raffle and silent auction monies will be utilized toward the flower fund. We plant and maintain 39 hanging baskets and almost 50 commercial planters in the downtown. The reward is a beautiful place to live and play.