Thousands take part in Art Walk

Apr. 12, 2014 @ 04:43 PM

Local artists were on display Saturday as part of the two-day Art Walk and Spring Market.

With more than 200 artists spread across more than 30 locations in downtown Durham, patrons were able to enjoy sunny skies and the visual arts on foot.

“So far it’s been great,” said Margaret DeMott, director of artist services with the Durham Arts Council. “It’s awesome. Downtown changes every six months so there’s always something new.”

Art Walk is a celebration of the visual and fine arts in Durham and a kick-off to spring, bringing thousands of arts and crafts lovers together. The free event is produced and presented by the Durham Arts Council with the help of several partners and friends.

Aside from the paintings, photographs and handmade items including jewelry and pottery, there is also food, live music and performances at various sites.

“This is great because Durham is being its usual creative self and we’re happy to display it,” said DeMott.

New to the Art Walk and Spring Market this year was metal pouring inside the George Watts Hill Pavilion in Durham Central Park.

Tripp Jarvis, Cassandra Gooding and Michael Lupa of Liberty Arts drew a sizeable crowd when they poured melted bronze into molds for a rain chain and masks.

“It’s been really good,” Jarvis said. “The kids are really excited about it.”

Jarvis said that they planned to do three pourings throughout Saturday.

Dave Wofford of Horse and Buggy Press was printing book covers in the Bull City Arts Collaborative as Art Walk visitors drifted in and out.

Claire Long was a few feet away from Wofford and said she came out because she had such a great time in the fall.

“It’s just a cool way to see all the beautiful photography and know that there are so many talented artists here in Durham,” she said.

Vendors and crafters were set up inside the Durham Armory with their items for those wanting a break from the sun.

Among them was Amanda Leitzel and others who were trying on jewelry, talking to vendors and figuring out the method behind the one-of-a-kind pieces.

Leitzel said that she has been coming to Art Walk for the past three years and can’t help but make time for it each year.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “There are so many different artists and a variety of everything. Plus there are really cool people.”

Among those cool people is Andrea Linn Dunlap, Leitzel’s favorite artist. “She’s fabulous. I own 10 of her pieces.”