The 21st annual Main Street ArtWalk, presented by Gilger Designs, the Main Street Cultural District (MSCD), Ames Community Arts Council, and the City of Ames, will feature the traditional, the not-so-traditional, and something for all ages this year in downtown Ames. More than 60 businesses will host artists in a self-guided walking tour on June 3 from 5-8 p.m. The ArtWalk will showcase many different mediums of art including painters, woodworkers, musicians, and much more.
“We will have a chainsaw carver, a demonstration on wire wrapping trees in a Bonsai style, and a henna tattoo artist,” Andrea Gronau, MSCD Promotion Chair said. “It’s a perfect blend of art, culture, and the unique stores that make downtown Ames so special.”
A big focus this year is encouraging kids to participate in, and witness, art in action. There will be a scavenger hunt starting at Duck Worth Wearing and a balloon artist in Tom Evans Park, as well as children’s art activities at Miss Meyer’s (Clark and 5th street) and at 410 5th Street.
“Exposing children to our amazing downtown at such an early age, and showing them the fun they can have here is a win/win for families, the community, and the downtown businesses,” Gronau said.
Along with Miss Meyer’s, this year’s ArtWalk will include many businesses that aren’t located directly on Main Street. Gronau and Erin Wendt, the ArtWalk Committee Chair, are both excited that the event, with more than 20 additional businesses participating this year, will give patrons the opportunity to further explore the Main Street Cultural District.
“The number of people who will get to experience all of downtown Ames is exciting,” Wendt said. “It is a unique partnership to showcase the work of local artists along with the products and services the local businesses have to offer.”
The ArtWalk will include music from the Onion Creek Cloggers at Tom Evans Park, a wine tasting at Wheatsfield Co-op, a videographer at the Ames Public Library, and a paint-and-sip at Della Viti, also the music of the Burnin’ Sensations at the season opener of Ames on the Half Shell at Band Shell Park.
“It’s a great early-summer, family-friendly activity, and it’s free,” Wendt said. “People get to be outside supporting local arts as well as locally-owned businesses.”