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

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September 20, 2022
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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.
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“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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