Saturday, May 19, 2007

Beloit Art Walk

Last night my husband and I drove south to attend the Beloit Artwalk. It was a lovely evening to wander from store to bank to restaurant, grazing on wee tea sandwiches, cocktail meatballs, cheese and crackers, sweets and even wine. Oh yes, and to look at art. This year's artwalk has 30 locations sponsoring local painters, sculpters, jewelers, photographers and potters. I had a watercolor and a colored pencil piece at the Beloit Fine Arts Incubator, a little gallery that featured works by 30 regional artists. I'm not sure how much art is usually sold at events like this, but people do lots of meeting, greeting, and eating. Certainly the local businesses are shown off to good advantage, and generally a good time is had by everyone. Some business feature live music, and there is a free trolley for the footsore.

A little bit about the Incubator. It's at 520 East Grand Avenue, in Beloit, Wisconsin. The building was built in 1912, and originally housed the Bell Telephone Company. Today the Fine Arts Incubator is a nonprofit organization, and the renovated building has exhibet space, a classroom, and a gift shop. According to a brochure I picked up it also house free groups for artists, drummers, poets and creative writers.

Update - by the time I left today three paintings in the BFAI were sold, and the mood was happy. Some people did more than just gaze and graze. They got out their wallets. The exhibet continues until next Saturday.

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