NORTON — The Norton County Arts Council and Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to host the town’s second annual downtown art walk Saturday.
The day-long event brings more to the table this year, according to Caryl Hale, the arts council president.
“It’s just something we do to bring awareness to the arts,” Hale said of the free event. “But it’s going to be a little bit different this year.”
Added this year are sidewalk sales, a free movie and live entertainment, according to Hale.
“The community wanted more after last year,” she said.
From 1 to 8 p.m., there will be sidewalk sale in Norton’s downtown area.
At 2 p.m., a chamber-sponsored family movie is set for the Norton Theater.
From 6 to 8 p.m. various artwork by local artists will be displayed in business windows and within stores during the art walk.
“We will have 14 different artists on display,” Hale said. “There will be mixed media including acrylic and watercolor, and we’ll have some stained glass as well.”
Guests additionally will have the opportunity to tour downtown businesses recently upgraded or currently undergoing renovations.
“I think this event will really bring awareness to all of the rejuvenation that’s going on here,” Hale said.
During the walk, live entertainment will be provided by Omaha Street Percussion, and after the businesses have closed at 8 p.m., they will perform again at the Rock Christian Youth Center.
“Anyone who didn’t catch them at 6 can check them out at 8,” Hale said. “They’re a class act show and are very entertaining.”
The goal of the Norton Art Walk is to shine light on local artists and give them a venue to be seen, according to Hale.
“A lot of the artists do their work as a hobby, so this is a way for them to be in the spotlight,” she said. “I think Norton has a lot to offer with these artists. I’m surprised by how many we have.”
The arts council and chamber have worked hard to ensure the event welcomes all ages, Hale said.
“Art walks sometimes can come off as being for adults only, but this is a very family oriented event,” she said.
Vendors and home-based businesses are welcome to participate, according to Darla Beasley, Chamber of Commerce executive director.
“I’m really excited for everyone to come out,” she said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
For additional information, or to sign up as a vendor or home-based business, contact Beasley at the Norton Chamber of Commerce.