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What do you think about the Lawrence Art Walk? Or the larger Lawrence art scene?

Asked at Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St. on October 30, 2011

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Photo of Emma Hoyle

“I think the art scene is really vibrant. I’ve seen it grow to have a lot more energy in the time I’ve been here. (Four years.)”

Photo of Tom Tootle

“I’m selling my wife’s (Robbin Loomas) art. Tastes change — this year (at the Art Walk), her necklaces are selling, but last year it was more her cards and prints. Things are looking up a bit for selling art.”

Photo of Barney Warf

“I’m going to the Art Walk with a group. I like art festivals — I’ve been to ones in Kansas City, but not yet here.”

Photo of Gail Sherron

“I think the Art Walk is very well organized. I like events that help the community get outside their comfort zone a bit.”


kernal 6 years, 7 months ago

Those who bothered to get out of their Beavis and Butthead comfort zone Friday evening, saw some fairly decent art at Final Fridays on the 28th.

RoeDapple 6 years, 7 months ago

I knowed one thing! Any redneck with a arc welder and a pile of (s)crap behind the shed is a "Starvin' Artiste"! I think I qualify . . .

RoeDapple 6 years, 7 months ago

Off topic? Sometimes a few beers help clarify the point the artiste was trying for . . .

Deja Coffin 6 years, 7 months ago

"Very soft. Don't want to lose that softness. Very, very soft. Quiet. And this little painting should make you happy. All paintings should make you happy. That's what painting's all about …” –Bob Ross, 1986

overthemoon 6 years, 7 months ago

AACCCCCKKKKK!!!!! The happy tree guy. Horrid!!!!!

Deja Coffin 6 years, 7 months ago

How can you not like Bob Ross? He's like Mr. Rogers for adults. I wish I was as happy as he was! :-)

Terry Sexton 6 years, 7 months ago

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overthemoon 6 years, 7 months ago

So is this question referring to the Art Walk or the Final Friday shows and events? They are not the same thing but it appears all of the answers refer to Final Friday and were photographed at Final Friday events.

For those makin' fun, that's fine. But you're missing out on two great opportunities to get to know the town and what it has to offer beyond the basic commerce and services of Anytown, USA. And if you weren't downtown on Friday, you missed the parade of the March 4th Marching Band working its way down Mass Street. Circus, theater, and music with girls in drum majorette/burlesque costume and some rockin' music with people on 10ft stilts. Amazing and really fun. Too bad you missed it.

overthemoon 6 years, 7 months ago

oh...that's the arts center in the photos.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 7 months ago

Dear LJWorld. Shut up, you are weird. Youse guys is touchy.

from the website - is this:

"Ninkasi is the Sumerian goddess of brewing and beer and head brewer to the gods themselves. Her name means "the lady who fills the mouth" and her birth was formed of sparkling-fresh water. She who bakes with lofty shovel the sprouted barley, she who mixes the bappir-malt with sweet aromatics, she who pours the fragrant beer in the lahtan-vessel that is like the Tigris and Euphrates joined! Yes, she. Early brewers were primarily women, mostly because it was deemed a woman's job. Mesopotamian men, of some 3,800 years ago, were obviously complete clowns and had yet to realize the pleasure of brewing beer."

There, I looked it up for ya. See, it's not nasty at all.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Art is enjoyed by all of those who participate. It is big time enjoyment which draws a very nice size group of people to downtown.

As long as downtown is not sent down the tubes by the westside Chamber of Commerce elite this should continue to grow.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

Independence, MO —

Now it’s official: Englewood is an arts district.

The rezoning of the historic business area in western Independence was made official with a unanimous vote by the Independence City Council Monday night. Several dozen supporters – many of whom have worked toward the effort for at least two-and-a-half years – sat in the council chambers wearing their neon “Where the arts live in Independence” stickers in support of Englewood.

It was an issue that every council member had to have his or her say on before the vote took place. And after the vote took place, those in support clapped and cheered – and some even said “thank you” to their elected officials.

“I’m just really excited to see this coming to fruition,” said District 1 Council Member Marcie Gragg, whose represented area includes Englewood. “I think this is a wonderful example of a lot of fantastic things that are happening in western Independence. It really speaks volumes of how things come together. Sometimes, people scribble ideas on napkins, they share them with staff members, elected officials and community leaders, and then they come together and come to consensus of an idea they want to move forward.”

The official designation of 44 properties within the arts district marks the ending of a nearly three-year process that started with the opening of one art space – Green Dog Gallery – and a subsequent feasibility study. Last week, the district celebrated the second anniversary of the Third Friday Art Walk. District 3 Council Member Myron Paris said the event was so well-attended that parking was limited.

The City of Independence will receive $728,131 for two transportation enhancement projects. Independence will use $500,000 for the Delaware Historic Streetscape Restoration project and $228,131 for the Englewood Art District Streetscape Project.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 7 months ago

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Blessed4x 6 years, 7 months ago

Tom Tootle? No way is that the dudes real name.

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