Raincoats and umbrellas were the style Friday evening at the Hays Arts Council’s Spring Art Walk.
And the weather didn’t keep art lovers like Deborah Ludwig away.
“It’s just a little crisp,” she said. “It’s fine.”
Ludwig said she usually attends the seasonal art walks “to see all the great art that we have. This is such a wonderful event.”
The venues and the art offered were varied, from the traditional Hays Art Gallery display of the 47th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition to the music performance in Salon 1007 to the wheat weaving by Holly and Heidi Rupp in Hays Community Theater.
A FHSU Leadership 310 class and Jana’s Campaign used art to deliver a serious message in the former Good Book Store building on the corner of 11th and Main.
The group sponsored an exhibit “Express Love Over Violence,” which featured high school and FHSU student artwork and Victorian style Valentine’s shining a spotlight on gender-based violence.
Hays High School and La Crosse High School students also performed readings and skits, making people aware of domestic violence.
In another empty storefront venue, three FHSU art education students Melissa Williams, Schyler Edgren and Carson Kaiser were “inviting people to come in and paint a pre-sketched painting,” Williams said. “It’s going to be a mural and go into the new Child Advocacy Center, so we’re letting the community paint it the way they want. We provide the paint. They come in and have fun.”
The group was doing the project, which included a mural in the alley, for a class, Edgren said.
“We wanted to communicate with the community and with nature,” Kaiser said.
The Hays Community Theater wasn’t performing Friday evening, but it is putting on #johndoe, a play written by Hays resident Everett Robert. The last performance is this afternoon at 3 p.m.
In addition to the wheat weaving, the theater hosted artwork by Thomas More Prep-Marian High School art teacher Angie Pahls and some of her students.
Pahls said displaying her own artwork was a requirement of a class she’s taking at FHSU.
The name of the exhibition is D.K. Finding the Beauty in a Decaying World of Education.
“I came up with a theme of decaying, of the rust, and put it all together and associated it with fine arts being taken out of schools and how that sometimes gets taken out of the budget,” Pahls said.