Lawrence blacksmith Walt Hull opened Walt Hull Iron Works in 1989 after picking up his trade from veteran blacksmiths here and abroad.
Two hundred years ago, folks would have called him the "village smith." He might have made shoes for their horses and barrels for their guns. But these days the master blacksmith spends most of his time crafting ornate railings, benches, chandeliers and sculptures.
Hull's metal sculptures will be on display at Diane's Artisan Gallery, 801 1/2 Mass., during the Downtown Gallery Walk. The shop also will feature jewelry by Sarah Graham, Mary Filapek and Lou Ann Townsend, as well as new handwovens by gallery owner Diane Horning.
Eight other galleries also will be open from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday:
¢ 6 Gallery, 716 1/2 B Mass., "Delicious," a group show featuring 30 artists in a broad range of styles and media, 856-6480.
¢ Bella Memento Gallery, 801 1/2 Massachusetts St., featuring the Cloisonne enamels of Frances Kite, 856-3050.
¢ Kimbari, 822 Massachusetts St., featuring photography by Kathy Wismer, 842-1067.
¢ Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., featuring the National Juried Ceramics Exhibition, with works by 70 artists, and "Making History," a solo show by ceramic sculptor Ben Ahlvers, 843-2787.
¢ Phoenix Gallery, 919 Mass., featuring Kansas photography by Lawrence artist Don Stevanov, 843-0080.
¢ Signs of Life Gallery, 722 Mass., featuring "Liturgical Art Forms," by Wayne Forte, 830-8030.
¢ Silver Works and More, 715 Mass., featuring the jewelry of Jim Connelly, Tess Doran and David Jones, the kinetic sculpture of Tomas Savrda, the stainless steel vessels of Michael Szabo, and the art furniture of Avner Zabari, 842-1460.
¢ Southwest and More, 727 Mass., featuring Lawrence artists John Keller, Linda Kelly, Sylvia Martin, Beth Ridenour and Carolyn Young, 843-0141.