Two Waters Arts Alliance of the Key Peninsula will present its inaugural TWAA Art Walk on the KP with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday (July 29) at the Blend Wine Shop in Key Center.
The group will have a wide variety of art on display and for sale at six Key Center locations: the library, the Health and Professional Center, the fire station, Close to Home Espresso, Sunnycrest Nursery and the Blend Wine Shop, said TWAA board member Taylor Reed.
“We have a strong Artists in Schools program running now on the Key and are able to focus on adult artists as well,” Reed said. “Our First Tuesdays Artists’ Blend gathering, the Key Center Art Walk, the Spring Fling Art Show, (and) the upcoming Fall Members Show are all efforts to engage and support our local artists.”
The group has been very pleased with the artists’ enthusiasm in all the events, she said. Later this summer, the alliance will also host adult art classes.
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“So far, we have 25-plus local artists participating, which is very exciting,” Reed said. “There has been a lot of interest and we have drawn many new artists to this show. There is a wonderful amount of diversity in the work to be shown so there should be something for everyone.”
The walk is a unique opportunity for artists who might normally participate in gallery exhibits to share their work with the public, and for the community to see how much talent resides on the Key Peninsula, said TWAA member Margo Macdonald.
“Local artists are partnering with TWAA and local businesses to put on the art walk, some just for the evening and some to run through August,” Macdonald said.
Refreshments will be available along the way and artists will be on hand to talk about their work.
“This promises to be a unique opportunity to explore Key Center while learning about the artistic talents that live out our way,” she said. “We hope we get a good turnout and can make this an annual event.”
The group was inspired by art walks in other communities.
“Art walks are in most of the major cities and arts communities across the U.S. Usually they are a monthly event. Tacoma does Third Thursday Art Walks, Olympia First Friday, and so on,” Reed said.
For information about the Key Center Art Walk, visit www.twowaters.info.