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Archive for Wednesday, March 6, 1996

BUSINESSES SHOWCASE BALDWIN ARTISTS

March 6, 1996

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— Baldwin businesses have joined forces to show off the city's art scene.

Art Walk Night, set to debut March 15, is being organized as a once-a-month showcase for Baldwin's artists.

"We've got lots of artists down here that we think should be of interest to people around the area," said Dave Michael, owner of The Aardvark Gallery and organizer of Art Walk Night.

On the 15th, visitors can get a glimpse at the talent, through displays at: The Aardvark Gallery, 719 Eighth St.; The Art Affair, at the corner of Seventh and High streets; and Grove House Antiques, 709 Eighth St.

Michael, who is making arrangements for a fourth business to join the tour, said the venues would be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. He said organizers hoped to hold Art Walk Night on the third Friday of every month.

The idea came from a Baker University student, Michael said, during a discussion about ways to promote Baldwin artists.

"The art has been here," he said. "But there has not been much in the way of good venues for local artists to show their stuff locally. All of a sudden, we're making strides in providing venues."

Artists living in Baldwin, a community of about 3,200 people 15 miles south of Lawrence, include Chris Musgrave, whose Native American-inspired works have been displayed locally and nationally.

"We have a wide variety of artists here in town who have become known in other places," Michael said.

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