Island Art Walk?a call for artists!
This year’s Island Art Walk will be Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Lakeland Area Kiwanis Club has announced that registration is now open for artists interested in participating.
The Lakeland Art League will again jury and judge this show as they have for the past 37 years. Torpy Park will be the site for the artists’ booths on the park’s upper level and the Campanile Center of the Arts will display individual pieces of fine art and fine crafts. This two-location event creates a fun walk between the events, with several art centers along the way expected to participate.
New this year is a student section at the Campanile Center. On Friday evening there is an open house planned for visitors, downtown merchants and residents to preview the indoor show and meet the artists involved, also at the Campanile Center.
The Campanile indoor art show will be a center for artists creating fine art and fine craft pieces. The art league will be available at this part of the show to assist visitors, sell raffle tickets for some of the art and facilitate the sale of the displayed art. Visitors can vote on their favorite piece with ribbons and prizes being awarded to the top three art pieces.
The Torpy Park venue will also have artists with their own booths displaying, selling and sometimes demonstrating their fine art and crafts themselves. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded that afternoon.
There will be live music and the Kiwanis Club will hold their annual cookout for visitors for a small donation, which supports their mission to help “one child and one community at a time.”
Both clubs use this event to raise money to support student scholarships in the area and they appreciate the community’s support.
The Island Art Walk is open to both amateur and professional artists whose work is original in concept and design. The artist exhibiting must complete all work. Past exhibitors have been local artists as well as artists from as far away as Florida and all surrounding Midwestern states. New exhibitors are always welcome. The art work includes fine original crafts and includes paintings, drawings, stained glass, sculpture, jewelry, decorative painting, carving, basketry, textiles, wood working, pottery and much more.
The show is expected to be larger than last year’s show. An estimated 80 to 100 artists are expected to display their work at the event.
To register for either or both parts of the show, log on to lakelandkiwanis.com and go to the ‘Island Art Walk’ tab to print out the instructions and both applications.
To request an entry application, call Laura Bertch at (715) 892-1204 or email her at macooa@centurytelnet. The deadline for early entries is March 31 for reduced entry fees, and final deadline is June 1, 2013.