North Creek Art Walks begin May 17

Father (Juan Pesquera) and Son (Gabriel Pesquera) walking on the railroad tracks in North Creek

Father (Juan Pesquera) and Son (Gabriel Pesquera) walking on the railroad tracks in North Creek Erika Leigh Pesquera

— The Third Thursday Art Walks will begin May 17 with an assortment of artists holding receptions from 5 to 7 p.m. at businesses throughout the community.

This is the third year for the Third Thursday Art Walks in North Creek, and co-organizer Mary Ann Bowers is hoping for throngs of visitors like they saw in the inaugural year of 2010.

“We had fabulous weather every Thursday,” said Bowers, owner of the Poiema gift shop on Main Street. “It just seemed like a very festive day throughout the season.”

Last year, the weather didn’t cooperate, and the numbers were down, but that isn’t dampening the artistic spirit in North Creek.

Combining the classic car show, farmers market and Art Walks on Thursdays widens the demographics for all businesses during the summer season.

Bowers said her goal is to make the Art Walks as diverse as possible, with artists of many disciplines showing their work throughout the five-month season. There have been photographers, musicians, painters, sculptors, potters, fiber artists, furniture makers and more.

Bowers and her daughter, Anna, organize the Art Walks, and they see these events as a great way to support the arts community in the Gore Mountain Region. Many artists live in North Creek and surrounding communities.

“I am impressed with the local talent,” said Gore Mountain Region Chamber of Commerce Pat Hamilton. “And this is a great way to showcase that talent.”

Visitors should look for the red felt “balloons” in front of participating businesses. Receptions with the artists will run from 5 to 7 p.m., and some venues offer refreshments.

Here is a list of the artists who will be showing the May 17 Art Walk:

•Alpine Lodge: Michael Emelianoff (mixed media, sculpture and paintings)

•Andie's: Erika Leigh Pesquera (photography)

•Barking Spider: Jake Levine (photography)

•barVino: Adelaide Bruce (landscapes, charcoal and pencil)

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