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City of Hays joins art walk

4/21/2014

By MATTHEW KENWRIGHT

mkenwright@dailynews.net

The city of Hays will turn water-efficient landscaping into an art form 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday during the Spring Art Walk.

Hays City Hall, 16th and Main, is one of approximately 30 sites participating in the Hays Art Council's event. Its debut in the program has two purposes: Promoting the area's scenic visuals and encouraging water sustainability, said Paul Briseno, Hays assistant city manager.

Local photographs taken by Thomas Zimmerman are on display inside city hall.

"We encourage citizens to come in, view those pictures that are located within our hallway ... and take pride in the community which we live in," Briseno said.

The city also offers an educational component. Water conservation specialists and city commissioners will be available to discuss the city's response to the water shortage and provide tips on conservation. The first 150 attendees can receive a drought-tolerant plant because city staff advocates for landscaping to require less water.

Water-efficient shower heads also will be distributed, and there will be a raffle for a 0.8-gallon flush toilet.

Brenda Meder, executive director of the HAC, said the city is a dynamic entry in the Art Walk.

"It really does celebrate who and what we are inside this governmental entity. And the outside will be the demonstration garden, which is gorgeous," Meder said. "It showcases that you still can be creative and artistic and interesting with landscaping while maintaining conservation practices."

A wide range of groups from churches, businesses and schools will display work during the program. Several of the sites have extended hours Saturday.

The Hays Convention and Visitors Bureau will provide a shuttle from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. for attendees to travel from Union Pacific Park, 10th and Main, to the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art in Fort Hays State University's Rarick Hall.

For a complete list of participating businesses, visit www.hdnews.net