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Artwalk to display work, talent

Dozens of artists will have their work on display this Saturday at Art Walk.

There will be 33 galleries open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Barbara Ruland, director of Downtown Bowling Green, estimated there will be approximately 85 to 90 artists involved.

There will be a wide variety of art on display, said Brenda Baker, president of the Bowling Green Arts Council [BGAC]. This includes painting, photography, fiber arts, sculpture, jewelry, glass and spray paint paintings.

Maps will be available at all galleries, said Beth Genson, vice president of BGAC.

The maps will provide voting slips for three people’s choice awards.

“If you’re the kind of person who likes to voice your opinion, you can tell us what you think is great art,” Ruland said.

There will also be three juried art awards. The award winners will be announced at Grounds for Thought at the Art Walk after party at 6 p.m.

Grounds for Thought will also be the site of a silent auction. The pieces auctioned will be hats to fit the theme “Hats Off to BG” and will also be flower-themed.

The proceeds will support the Downtown Foundation’s purchase of flowers for downtown. Bidding will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Downtown Foundation will also be supported by the Fashion Food and Fine Art show at Sam B’s.

Ruland said the show will be similar to how department stores used to host lunches to show customers clothing. Instead of a having a runway, models will travel from table to table.

Also in addition to the art on display, there will be demonstrations. Randy Bennett will be demonstrating painting at Grounds for Thought. The Busy Thimble will host a quilting demonstration.

This is Art Walk’s 22nd year. For 21 years, Downtown Bowling Green planned Art Walk on its own. This year, BGAC helped organize the event as well.

“They bring expertise in administering art shows,” Ruland said.

BGAC has been able to “take over more of the art aspect of it,” Genson said.

They expanded the radius of artists eligible to participate, Genson said. Anyone living within 50 miles of Bowling Green can show their art.

This brings in new artists from areas such as Toledo, Sylvania and Findlay. About 64 percent of the artists this year are new, Genson said.

Students of all ages are more involved this year as well, Baker said. Montessori, public and University students all have art on display.

Ruland said arts at the University are “largely, but not exclusively” responsible for making Bowling Green “a great arts community.”

“The audience that comes out for it is very appreciative,” Ruland said.

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