By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News In an effort to make it easier for visitors to check out the exhibitors in the 2019 Art Walk, the organizers turned to the library. Each of the artists of the artists who will have their work judged will display a favorite piece in the Wood County District Public Library, which will be the focal point of this year’s event. That, said Tony Vetter, executive director of Downtown Bowling Green, will give viewers a chance to look at the entire field, and then head out to find their favorite artists who will be exhibiting their wares as usual in shops throughout the downtown. That way they’ll be able to plan to get out to some of the displays on the edge of the downtown. Art Walk 2019 will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a reception and awards ceremony to follow in the library at 3:30 p.m. The Bowling Green Arts Council and Downtown BG are partners in presenting Art Walk. More than 30 artists have signed up for the show. The show’s judges will base their decisions on the work exhibited in the library, Vetter said. Winners will receive cash prizes. People’s Choice Awards will also be presented. Work by artists from local schools will also be displayed in store fronts throughout the downtown. Vetter is hoping the shorter show hours mean people will have a little more energy at the end of the day to come and participate in the reception. The reception will feature grazing stations with food provided by Qdoba and Kabob-It. Pianist Mary Claire Miller, a Bowling Green State University student, will play the library’s Steinway grand. Music will be a part of Art Walk, Vetter said. This year it will be concentrated in specific venues. Local bands will play in Grumpy Dave’s, upstairs above Easy Street Cafe. Details are still being worked out for students from BGSU to perform. The changes are a way of fine tuning an event now in its 27th year. Community members have been invited to decorate metal gnomes. Seventeen of the gnomes have been distributed, and they’ve started coming back into the Downtown BG office, upstairs in the Four Corners building. “It blew me away what they did with them,” Vetter said. Decorators have until Monday to return their creations. The gnomes will be raffled off. Visitors will be able to buy raffle tickets, and then use those tickets to vote on their favorite gnome. The winner will get a prize in Downtown Dollars. Then one ticket from each gnome’s ballot box will be drawn with the winner getting to take the gnome home. The proceeds of the raffle will benefit the Downtown Foundation Flower Fund. One element will not change. Members of the Black Swamp Quilters Guild will display their work, and demonstrate their craft in the lobby of the Four Corners Center. The guild will raffle off a quilt.
From BOWLING GREEN ARTS COUNCIL Bowling Green Arts Council, in partnership with Downtown Bowling Green, is proud to announce Art Walk 2019, an art show in which businesses though out historic downtown Bowling Green will host artists’ displays and performances. Art Walk will occur on Saturday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year, the Art Walk will feature an exhibition of one piece by each individual artist at the Wood County District Public Library in addition to the displays at businesses, so visitors will have a chance to start out with a tempting preview. Artists living within 50 miles of Bowling Green are eligible to participate and may display works in any size or medium as space and amenities of the chosen venue allow. Artists are encouraged to find a venue, but help will be provided if needed by contacting BowlingGreenArtsCouncil@gmail.com The entry fee for individual artists is $20. Non-profit organizations can pay one entry fee of $20 for any number of affiliated artists if profit from any sales exclusively benefits the organization and not the individual artists. No commission or fee on sales is taken. Brochures with all artist locations will be distributed throughout the area. Entry procedures – online, by mail, or in person – are available on the BG Arts Council Website www.bgartscouncil.com or from the Downtown BG office in the Four Corners Center, 130 S Main St, Bowling Green The deadline for registration and payment is April 1st. All paid Art Walk participants (excluding non-profits) will be eligible to receive one of six monetary awards: three Juror’s Awards and three People’s Choice Awards. The awards sponsors are Jeff and Inge Klopping, Alice and John Calderonello, the BGSU School of Art, Dick and Nadine Edwards, and Bowling Green Arts Council. Awards will be announced at the After Art Walk Party, 3:30-4:30pm at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N Main St, Bowling Green. Art Walk is sponsored by Downtown Bowling Green and the BG Arts Council.
By DAVID DUPONT BG Independent News The sunny day couldn’t have been better for Cindy Tesznar. The spring weather meant she was comfortable as she sat outside the Ben Franklin store in downtown Bowling Green selling her glasswork, and the sunshine made her bottle trees glow. As a veteran Art Walk participant, she knows the weather isn’t always so favorable, so on Saturday she was enjoying the sun. “The bottles show better outside,” she said. Tesznar was one of dozens of artists who were showing, and many like her, selling their work, as part of the annual event. The work displayed in locations throughout the downtown was created by professional, avocational and student artists. Crim art teacher Noreen Overholt said she was glad that the organizers always included the schools in the event. She was overseeing the art activities and exhibit by her students inside the United Way office. Among the projects was an art cave that students could crawl through to see “cave drawings.” “This gives the kids a chance to participate in a real art show,” she said. “It gives them a chance to share art with their families.” Art Walk also gives the schools a chance to show the community what students are doing and “all the talent they have.” “It’s nice that Bowling Green sponsors so many arts events,” she said. “Look at all the people walking around. It’s good for the whole city.” Amy Craft-Ahrens who owns For Keeps, agreed. On Saturday she was in Ben Franklin helping with that shop’s 40th anniversary sale. She noted the number of people in the store. “On a beautiful sunny day like today, we get a lot of traffic …You see a lot of people walking downtown,” she said. “It’s not necessarily a day that lends itself to significantly larger sales but it brings people downtown and they see what we have offer and even if they’re not buying today, they’ll come back.” While Ben Franklin is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Main Street, Flatlands Coffee is a newcomer on the retail scene. Ben Vollmar, the owner, grew up in Bowling Green and remembers first getting interested in art through Art Walk and other events in town His shop was displaying, appropriately enough, 60 drawings of coffee cups by Bowling Green sixth graders. “Bowling Green is very down-to-earth, art-appreciating town,” Vollmar said. “I like the way it brings people together.” That mindset helps foster an atmosphere where businesses such as his can thrive. “We have designed the space for the creative thinkers,” he said. Other shops downtown, he said, have paved the way for his, and all benefit from the interest generated by art-themed events. Vollmar said his business has done well attracting university faculty and graduate students. “I’d like to see residents just try us out, get some people in for the first time and see what we’re about,” he said. “It’s been very encouraging to see so many people come in to support the Art Walk.” Local businesses that sell jewelry and clothing had a chance to show off their wares in a fashion show held at noon at Sam B’s. The proceeds from the event go to support downtown plantings. One of the new additions to Art Walk was the annual Bowling Green State University ceramics sale, usually held on campus, moving into Dada on West Wooster Street. The show, which also included jewelry and metal work, has fans of its own like Mary Kronberg and her daughter Erin Kronberg, both BGSU graduates. Each was carrying a pot. The longer she carries something, the more…
Art Walk winners Art Walk has been good to artist Tom Roller. In previous years he’s won both the top prize awarded by the jurors and has won the top prize chosen by the public. This year he won both. That double win will amount to a fond farewell for Roller, who said earlier in the day that he’s going stop doing art fairs this year. At 78 hauling his large metal sculptures is more than he wants to take on. Not that he’ll abandon his metalworking tools. He’ll continue selling his sculptures inspired by flora and fauna out of his garage. That’s plenty of work for him. Also winning Juried Art Awards were: Chris Burch, photography, second place, and Shannon Yocum, found art furniture, third place. Winning People’s Choice honors were: Richard Gullett, drawings, second place; John Calderonello, wooden boxes, third place; and Curisa Passalacqua, fourth. Art by professional, avocational and student artists was displayed in 29 locations in downtown Bowling Green.
Downtown Bowling Green and the Bowling Green Arts Council will present the 24th annual Art Walk, a celebration of the arts in the community, on Saturday, April 23. This free event showcases art from artists of all ages and disciplines including the visual and performing arts and also features art-related activities for children. The galleries throughout downtown are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Demonstrations, activities and performances continue throughout the day. As part of the event, The Busy Thimble is hosting its third annual quilt exhibit featuring the Black Swamp Quilter’s Guild on Art Walk day, with some of the best examples of the quilters’ art at The Four Corners Center, 130 S. Main St. The exhibit will feature dozens of beautiful handmade quilts of varying sizes from small baby quilts to large bed sized quilts and wall hangings. Guild members will be working on new creations and doing appliqué, hand quilting, and machine piecing demonstrations throughout the day. The Downtown Foundation is raising funds to beautify Downtown Bowling Green with hundreds of beautiful blooming plants for the community at the Fashion Food & Fine Art Luncheon at Sam B’s. The fashion show and luncheon will be held on April 23rd at noon during the Art Walk. Attendees may choose from a menu of chicken salad or vegetarian lasagna. During lunch models will showcase spring fashions in clothing, accessories, and more provided by Ginny’s Inspired Fashions, Coyote Beads, Farm Girl’s Boutique and For Keeps. Tickets are $20 and are available now at Ginny’s Inspired Fashions, Coyote Beads, Farm Girls Vintage Boutique, Bliss Salon and Spa, Grounds For Thought, and at the Downtown Bowling Green and Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce in The Four Corners Center. The After Party and Awards Ceremony will be hosted at The Four Corners Center. The party is from 6-8pm and will feature music by some favorite local groups.