Path of artistic expression


Published: Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 12:42 p.m.

To patrons, Gainesville's Artwalk is known for the variety of works, artists and galleries that greet them each month in the downtown art event. For the artists who create those works, however, Artwalk is nothing less than a important platform for them to reach out to the city.

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A new exhibit of Katy Castronovo's work featuring elephants, tigers and other animals in her Human Nature series, opens during Friday's Artwalk at the Satellite Building.

Special to The Sun

"Artwalk is there is to express what's on each artist's mind," says Natalie Richardson, the local artist who became Artwalk's coordinator in December. "It's a way to communicate with the community."

On Friday, the first Artwalk of the new year will feature more than a dozen shops and studios displaying art while offering live music, food and refreshments at the same time.

Among the participating artists, Richardson, a recent University of Florida graduate, will be displaying her work at Score in the Sun Center for a one-night-only show.

Wild Iris Books, another participating store, is having a dedication ceremony for a mural covering the side of the building.

"This Artwalk is the most unique one we've done," says Cheryl Krauth, the owner of Wild Iris Books. The elaborate mural took artist Tia Ma about a dozen weekends to finish, Krauth says.

"It's got to be 60 to 70 feet long and about 20 feet tall. It's huge," she says. "We had to borrow scaffolding to do that."

The mural's dedication will start at 7 p.m. and folksinger Marce will performing inside the store at 9 p.m. The store also has a small cafe that offers beer, wine and tea.

Although the current Artwalk has been running for roughly five years, a few different incarnations of the event have come and gone during the last few decades.

Harold Martin, who has been running Harold's Fine Frames and Gallery since 1979, says what has kept Artwalk alive is the "Grassroots thing, just made itself work."

Martin says each Artwalk store chips in money to pay for an event coordinator that helps keep Artwalk running successfully.

Martin's store offers custom frames and is home to the John Moran Florida Nature Photography Gallery. He says he can validate your parking pass if you park at the parking garage near the Sun Center, which means that if you come to his store, you shouldn't have any trouble finding a place to park.

Eleanor Blair, the owner of Eleanor Blair Fine Art studio and a longtime Artwalk participant, says new artists have a unique opportunity at the event.

Blair says an artist may not have a good idea who responds most to their work, and displaying at Artwalk gives artists that chance without having to make a major investment.

"It's very exciting to have the opportunity to hang something on the wall and see how people react."

Richardson, the event coordinator, says she would like to expand Artwalk in the future. "I would like to have 20 or more venues out there," she says.

For more information on Artwalk, see www.artwalk.ming.com.

Artwalk

What: Downtown event with new art exhibitions, recpetions and refreshments at participating galleries.

When: 7-10 p.m. Friday

Where: Downtown Gainesville starting at Sun Center, maps available at each stop.

Cost: Free

Friday's galleries

Galleries and their featured artists in Friday's Artwalk are:

1. Harold's Frame Shop and Gallery: Photographs by John Moran; Sun Center, suite 109.

2. Floating Island Gift Shop: Ceramics by Christine Green; Sun Center, suite 117.

3. Score: Landscapes by Natalie Richardson; Sun Center, suite 104.

4. Hippodrome State Theatre: Works by Marianne Gamble, Jacquelyne Collett, Mike and Mary McIntyre; 25 SE 2nd Place.

5. Randy Batista Gallery: "Everyday Saints and Sinners" with works by Carol Drummond, Hannah Price, Travis Lambert and Linda Zidonik; 21 SE 2nd Place.

6, George's Meet and Produce: Works by Sherry Newton Lumpkins, Ceilah Ray, Anthony Crudup, Sylvia Moy, Jansen Smith and Chris Fillie; 433 S. Main St.

7. Sweetwater Print Cooperative: "Back Yard Art" with paintings by Ed Rowe; 117 S. Main St.

8. Tench Building Artists' Studios: Works by Melanie Peter, Randy Batista, Dan Hughes, Dan Stepp, Anne Gilroy, Michael Kemp, Angela DeCarlis and others; 115 S. Main St.

9. Eleanor Blair Studio: Landscapes by Julie Warmke-Robitaille; 113 S. Main St.

10. Terra Nova Catering Company: Photographs by Oscar Molina; 14 SW 1st Ave.

11. Satellite Building: Carved paintings by Katy Castronovo; 111 SW 3rd St.

12. Red Door Studio: Works by Angela Hoppe and Allison LeBaron; second floor, 20 W. University Ave.

13. Hector Framing & Gallery: Artworks by Sean Sexton, Jerry Cutler, Sharon McGinley, James Rebstock, Margaret Tolbert, Hiram Williams and others; 702 W. University Ave.

14. Wild Iris Books: Mural dedication and live music by Marce; 802 W University Ave.

Artwalk

What: Downtown event with new art exhibitions, recpetions and refreshments at participating galleries.

When: 7-10 p.m. Friday

Where: Downtown Gainesville starting at Sun Center, maps available at each stop.

Cost: Free

Friday's galleries

Galleries and their featured artists in Friday's Artwalk are:

1. Harold's Frame Shop and Gallery: Photographs by John Moran; Sun Center, suite 109.

2. Floating Island Gift Shop: Ceramics by Christine Green; Sun Center, suite 117.

3. Score: Landscapes by Natalie Richardson; Sun Center, suite 104.

4. Hippodrome State Theatre: Works by Marianne Gamble, Jacquelyne Collett, Mike and Mary McIntyre; 25 SE 2nd Place.

5. Randy Batista Gallery: "Everyday Saints and Sinners" with works by Carol Drummond, Hannah Price, Travis Lambert and Linda Zidonik; 21 SE 2nd Place.

6, George's Meet and Produce: Works by Sherry Newton Lumpkins, Ceilah Ray, Anthony Crudup, Sylvia Moy, Jansen Smith and Chris Fillie; 433 S. Main St.

7. Sweetwater Print Cooperative: "Back Yard Art" with paintings by Ed Rowe; 117 S. Main St.

8. Tench Building Artists' Studios: Works by Melanie Peter, Randy Batista, Dan Hughes, Dan Stepp, Anne Gilroy, Michael Kemp, Angela DeCarlis and others; 115 S. Main St.

9. Eleanor Blair Studio: Landscapes by Julie Warmke-Robitaille; 113 S. Main St.

10. Terra Nova Catering Company: Photographs by Oscar Molina; 14 SW 1st Ave.

11. Satellite Building: Carved paintings by Katy Castronovo; 111 SW 3rd St.

12. Red Door Studio: Works by Angela Hoppe and Allison LeBaron; second floor, 20 W. University Ave.

13. Hector Framing & Gallery: Artworks by Sean Sexton, Jerry Cutler, Sharon McGinley, James Rebstock, Margaret Tolbert, Hiram Williams and others; 702 W. University Ave.

14. Wild Iris Books: Mural dedication and live music by Marce; 802 W University Ave.

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A new exhibit of Katy Castronovo's work featuring elephants, tigers and other animals in her Human Nature series, opens during Friday's Artwalk at the Satellite Building.

A new exhibit of Katy Castronovo's work featuring elephants, tigers and other animals in her Human Nature series, opens during Friday's Artwalk at the Satellite Building.

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