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What’s Up for the Old Town Art Walk
Meet hometown merchants and artists at the quarterly throw down in Old Town Silverdale, Sept. 12.
In its fifth year of existence, Silverdale’s Old Town Art Walk has become known as much for bringing art into the heart of Old Town Silverdale as it has for its aesthetic of community.
Which is fitting given the quarterly event was basically created by the Old Town community itself.
Art Walks, popular artist-centric events around the region and throughout the country, are typically sponsored by some local gallery, or consortium of galleries, and in some cases receive support from their local city government.
In Silverdale’s case, at the time of the Old Town Art Walk’s inception in 2003, it had neither a gallery or financial support from a city government to pave the way. What the downtown merchants did have was a handful of energized artists and art-loving merchants looking to attract attention to an already charming business district.
Those artists and merchants banded together, forming a committee with the ideal of making the Old Town businesses center stage and featuring local artists as the stars of the show.
Each committee member chipped in money out of their own pocket for the construction, promotion and production of the first show in December 2003. An estimated 300 people turned out, deeming the event a success. And the Old Town Art Walk has been growing, and strolling, ever since — bringing art, food, wine, flowers and entertainment to Old Town for your enjoyment, they say.
Monica’s Waterfront Bakery, a founding merchant of the Art Walk, gives out free baked goods in exchange for donations to the local charity during each art walk, while featuring local artists on both levels of its big yellow building. Another of the Art Walk’s founding merchants — Linda’s Knit and Snitch — has become a coveted stop on the tour, regardless of who is showing there, because of their renowned refreshments table — an art form in itself, some say.
Grape Expectations has been known to give out free wine samples, while Jeanette’s Flower Shop gives out free roses to the first 200 ladies through the door, and other Old Town businesses host their own drawings and promotions on the evening while local galleries and specialty shops put their goods on display — all for free.
And then of course, there’s the stars of the show, the artists — from the professional grade to the artist-next-door.
They’re juried in, given the stamp of the OTAW committee, and selling their work sans commission on the walls of businesses throughout Old Town.
Even the Olympic Veterinary Hospital dons its arts hat for the event.
Check it all out at the next Old Town Art Walk, the last of the summer, 6-8 p.m., Sept. 12 in Old Town Silverdale.
OLD TOWN ART WALK VENUES AND FEATURED ARTISTS
• Grape Expectations Wine Shop, 3954 Byron St. - Lance McCoy
• Monica’s Waterfront Bakery & Cafe, 3472 Byron St. – Skip Junis and Debra Saldivar
• Olympic Veterinary Hospital, 3422 Byron St. – Mike Bay
• Linda’s Knit n’ Stitch, 3382 Byron St. - Loretta Jean Anderson
• The Backdoor Gallery (aka Two Bits Barbershop), 3332 Lowell St. - Carolyn Harris
• Silverdale Port Authority, 3550 Byron St. - Terilyn Krueger
• Jeanette’s Old Town Flowers, 3343 Byron St. – Anita Wood
INDEPENDENT OLD TOWN GALLERIES
• KitsapArt School of Art, 3425 Byron St.
• A Company of Friends, 3421 Byron St.
• McGregor and Company, 3428 Lowell St.
• Silverdale Fine Arts Gallery, 9020 Washington St.
• Old Town Custom Framing & Gallery, 3255 Lowell St.
• Old Town Pub & Eatery, 3475 Byron St.
• The Bead Garden, 3328 Carlton St.