Art lovers will be strolling the streets this weekend.
The Hays Arts Council Spring Art Walk is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday.
The walk includes the 47th annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition at the Hays Arts Center. Mark Hartman served as juror of the exhibition of original works, which includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture, fiber and ceramics by Kansas artists.
The art walk and exhibition are dedicated to art patron Pat Schmidt, who died last year.
For those who like “hands-on” activities, the Fort Hays State University Criminal Justice Club is hosting a bracelet making activity for Jana’s Campaign.
Jana’s Campaign is joining with an FHSU Leadership 310 team and will have an exhibition, “Express Love Over Violence,” at Hays Community Theater, 116 E. 11th.
The exhibit will include various types of artwork from local students and community artists, as well as donated art from Namibia, Africa, titled “In The Name of Love.”
The increase in gender-based violence has become not just an individual problem, but a criminal justice problem, said Tamara Lynn, justice club adviser.
In addition to focusing on criminal justice careers, several students work with nonprofit agencies including domestic violence.
“So it’s a perfect fit for our club members,” she said.
Jana’s Jewelry started in 2014, “and the program has taken a life of its own,” Lynn said. “It’s impossible to keep up with the demand.”
The bracelets and fact sheets get passed out during presentations about Jana’s Campaign in middle and high schools throughout the state, she said.
People attending the art walk “can stop and help out making bracelets, and get more information about how they can also volunteer to help with that project in their own time,” Lynn said.
Other exhibits in the community theater are “D.K. Finding the Beauty in a Decaying World of Education,” Angie Pahls and Thomas More Prep-Marian High School students and “H&H Heartfelt Creations” by Holly and Heidi Rupp.