West Walnut Art Walk draws hundreds to downtown Smithville for an evening of culture, crafts and entertainment


September 20, 2022

Hundreds of DeKalb County residents converged downtown Friday night for the first Art Walk, sponsored by the Shoppes of West Walnut.

“It was a perfect night for a perfect gathering,” said Bert Driver, one of the event’s organizers and sponsors.
“Judging by the enthusiastic turnout, Dekalb County residents are hungry for this kind of cultural gathering.”

For art lovers, Art Walk presented a unique opportunity to explore the old and the new, right here at home. Participating artists displaying their latest creations along Walnut St. included Gerry Smith Burklow, felt/paper mache; painter Lara Cottrell; Beverly Mayes – mixed media sculptor; One Stop Soul Shop – MacKenzie; Kerry Judkins, acrylic and oil landscapes; Andy Murphy, landscape photographer; photographer and cabinetmaker Matt Antoniak; and Tabitha Thierjung, glass artist in residence at the Appalachian Center for Craft. Best Show honors went to Lara Cottrell while Gerry Smith Burklow took home Best Display.

Meanwhile, a free art gallery has been set up, featuring originals by Renoir, Dali, Whistler and other renowned masters from Shane Brock’s collection, as well as a hand-carved vintage tusk on loan from Crede Colgman .

Live musical entertainment for the evening was provided by members of MTSU’s Cerulean Soul Jazz Band.

“By all accounts, Art Walk was a success,” notes Driver. “We promise there will be more events like this for the people of DeKalb County in the future.”


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