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Photo/Robin Dunn Art walk attendees having a good time in Bad Donkey Studio, which featured several visual artists.

ArtWalk returns with a colorful bang

The first ArtWalk Jasper of the year proved to be the most successful yet, with a sizable crowd and fun additions for spring.

            Attendees for the May 19 event visited juried artists in over 20 businesses along Main Street while Caleb Wilkie & The Privateers performed at the courthouse and other musicians played on South Main Street and near The Old Jail.

            Popular new additions were the colorful maypole where participants danced in groups, and live totem pole carving by the Kirby-Quinton Cabin. The crowd was entertained by surprise visits from a mime and clown who performed on the street.

            Businesses reported strong foot traffic and sales.

            “Lots of traffic, lots of people and people were genuinely excited just going from shop to shop,” said Honeysuckle Florist owner Brian Rittenberry. “There were several locals but a lot of people were from out of town. It was absolutely a great night.”

            ArtWalk Jasper Director Angela Reinhardt said the crowd included more people from out of town and more young attendees than previous events.

            ArtWalk returns on September 22 and October 27.

            See more photos from ArtWalk on page 8A.

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