Every year the Ames Main Street Cultural District (MSCD) ArtWalk event turns Main Street into a multi-venue art gallery. This year you will want to wear your comfortable walking shoes because the event will take you down a few side streets in addition to Main Street. ArtWalk is set for Friday, June 2 from 5 to 8 p.m.
“We have expanded the event to include more businesses and artists in the downtown area,” said Cindy Hicks, Executive Director of the MSCD. “We will feature venues from 6th Street to Main Street as well as Kellogg, Douglas, and Clark.”
The event, presented by Stoltze and Stoltze Family Dentistry, will offer a self-guided walking tour of downtown which will take you to more than 60 artists and the businesses hosting them. There will be displays from Wheatsfield Co-op on the west side of downtown to live music at Band Shell Park on the east side.
“We not only want participants to enjoy all the artwork showcased across the district, we also want them to go home as artists themselves,” said Hicks. There will be several opportunities for spectators to make art including children’s activities in the 400 block of Kellogg hosted by Youth Standing Strong (YSS) in honor of their 40th anniversary in Ames. In addition, Depot Deli will offer sidewalk chalk art for kids. Della Viti will host a paint and sip for adults.
Other events include the unveiling of the new public piano in Tom Evans Park and the kick-off of the 2017-18 season of the Ames Public Art Commission’s Neighborhood Sculpture Program, which makes art more accessible to the entire community by bringing it outside.
“When you combine the beauty of the all the flowers that are now blooming on Main Street with the unique sculpture art, you have an outdoor oasis right here in downtown Ames,” Hicks said. “It makes shopping and dining in downtown Ames an experience like none other.”
The seven sculptures, which make up the Neighborhood Sculpture program, each have a plaque next to it that includes information about the artist and the name of the piece on display.
Those sculptures are located at:
Duff and Main: Letting Go by Judd Nelson
Main and Clark: Improbable Balance by Joe Malesky
5th and Clark: In Bloom by Sean Heldt
Main and Burnett: Dance Diagram by Kristin Garnant
Douglas and Main (north): Into the Maelstrom by Craig Snyder
Douglas and Main (south): Farmer By Lawrence Starck
Ames Public Library: Balance by Steven Olszewski
The sculptures are selected each year by a jury and will stay in place for about a year.