WRITTEN BY SHAWNA O’NEILL. LEE LADOUCEUR PHOTO.
In its fifth year now, the Cornwall Art Walk is set to be a delight to all of your senses.
About 40 artists and vendors will have their work set up to view or purchase along Pitt St., from Second St. to Water St., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 27. The event is free to attend and is a much anticipated occurrence that takes place in our DBIA.
This will include the likes of painters, sketch artists, body painters, glass artists, ceramic artists and jewellery makers. Participating artists span all ages and creation styles, with various inspirations.
About 20 artists and vendors showcased their work at the 2020 Cornwall Art Walk. Cornwall Art Walk Executive Director Mandy Prevost is happy to see that number has doubled this year.
“We are hoping to see at least 750 people (in attendance). That’s what we reached last year,” she added. “We hope to draw an even larger crowd. All COVID-19 protocols will be in place, for both the artists’ and community members’ safety.”
This year’s event will see the addition of two new music stages, with a total of eight bands playing throughout the event. A performance stage will also host family-oriented theatre, improv, poetry and dancers.
Prevost is thrilled with the positive reception and organizers of Your Art Council, Cornwall & the Counties (YAC) are happy to have received an $8,000 grant towards the event from the Ontario government.
“We were honoured to be accepted for the grant,” said Prevost. “We are excited for what it means for Art Walk, that they see the vision and how it can help grow a vibrancy in our downtown. Our Board of Directors is made up of volunteers, from each (art style) sector.”
Cornwall Art Walk is also supported by the DBIA and Cornwall Tourism.
“We have turned (downtown) into a market, its own art district, where artists are able to sell their work, showcase and shine,” said Prevost. “A lot of the downtown businesses agreed to be open during the event too, which is nice.”
“(This event) is important because it connects the community with the artist. The artist can showcase and discuss their work, and artists are of all skill levels and all styles…some are up-and-coming, new artists who might not have shown their work anywhere before, or don’t ever show it in a gallery. It’s very community-oriented and connects the everyday person with art.”