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Art walk moving to Saturday afternoon
The Art Walk, hosted by the Port Orchard Bay Street Association, will move from the first Friday to the first Saturday of each month from April to November.
The first event is Saturday, April 5.
Artists are expected to show their work inside and outside of businesses along Bay Street, up Sidney Avenue and down Harrison Street. Some artists will be demonstrating their art.
Last year, the art walks were held 5-8 p.m. the first Friday of each month.
Shelly Wilkerson, chair of the Art Walk Committee for the Port Orchard Bay Street Association, said she agreed to be the chair if the group would move the art walk to Saturdays.
“We changed it because we didn’t feel it was right to compete with Bremerton,” said Wilkerson, owner of Crazy Lady on Bay Street Gallery and Gifts. “There are a lot of people in Bremerton that want to attend our art walk and visa-versa.”
The Bremerton First Friday Art Walk is 5-8 p.m. in the downtown and Manette areas.
Wilkerson said the committee feels putting it on the heels of the Port Orchard Farmers’ Market would attract more people.
“We’re doing it in the afternoon, but I would have rather kept it later,” said Wilkerson. “We talked about it and a lot of the merchants are not usually open late on Saturdays.”
Wilkerson said as summer rolls in, the art walk hours could change.
“We could end up going all day,” she said.
Wilkerson said there will be a lot of work in putting on an art walk each month.
“The art walk takes a lot of coordination,” said Wilkerson. “I didn’t know how much until I stepped in it. We have a list of all the artists and their medias, and we can marry them up to businesses,” she said.
Wilkerson said the Port Orchard Public Market will section off the front part of its building to host a couple of artists, while the Port Orchard Pavilion could host several artists inside.
“Especially during rainy weather, we need to keep the artists inside as much as possible,” Wilkerson said. “I don’t like the idea of all the artists being outside. If a little shower goes by it can destroy the art.”
She said this year’s first art walk theme is “Be a Kid Again.”
“It is going to be where adults can come and discover art,” Wilkerson said.
She said downtown restaurants will let adults order off the “kids menu” with an adult beverage and Dragonfly Cinema can show a film such as “Big.”