Will it be three for three with rain and art walks in Hays this year?
The spring and summer events each saw rain and even downpours. Friday evening’s forecast calls for an 80-percent chance of precipitation.
No matter the weather, the event will go on as planned, said Brenda Meder, director of the Hays Arts Council.
“Rain or shine, the art is going to happen. Don’t let the rain get in the way, just bring an umbrella. We need the rain, we need the art,” Meder said.
The fall art walk will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in 22 downtown locations plus Fort Hays State University’s Moss Thorns Gallery of Art in Rarick Hall and Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive.
In addition, nine of the locations will exhibit work Saturday.
The exhibits include art from preschool children and professionals, and what Meder called “art in action” — music, an iron pour and a demonstration of ceramics wheel-throwing.
“I’m really tickled by the diversity of things going on,” Meder said.
Live music will be provided at several venues including Hays Community Theater, 116 E. 11th, and Breathe Coffee House, 703 Main.
Gella’s Diner and Lb Brewing, 117 E. 11th, will feature music by Blake Ruder in extended hours from 9 to 11 p.m. as part of its exhibit designed to bring awareness to mental health issues. The show is organized in conjunction with the Hays chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, a grassroots education, advocacy and support organization that offers support groups for those dealing with mental health issues as well as their families.
The art that will be on display is created by youth at the KVC Wheatland Hospital and adults in High Plains Independence.
One goal of the group’s participation in the art walk is to help people realize NAMI-Hays and other mental health resources are available “especially with the unfortunate cutbacks in funding for our mental health centers that are state funded,” said Ann Leiker, chairwoman of the group’s steering committee.
NAMI-Hays is headquartered in the Center for Life Experiences, 2900 Hall.
“Healing through art is definitely one of the things we want to emphasize,” she said.
“You’re going to see the wonderful, creative spirits that are in all of us and how important it is to let all those emotions out.”