Two streets in Downtown Nevada City will be handed over for pedestrian use only tonight during the second happening of First Friday Art Walk.
From 4-10 p.m. today, Commercial Street will be cordoned off to vehicles from Pine Street to the parking lot behind the Alpha Building, just before the “Y” intersection with Main and Coyote streets. That section of street will be cordoned off every first Friday of the month through September.
The art walk is touted as a celebration of Nevada City’s diverse mix of galleries, artisan boutiques, retail shops, wine tasting rooms, restaurants and the town’s artistic and creative community in general.
“It’s about getting the community out to celebrate art and bring art out to where it is accessible to people, instead of having to go into galleries,” said event coordinator Cynthia Levesque, owner of Broad Street’s NEVA Co. Artisan Boutique, in a previous interview with The Union.
On Thursday, Levesque said the art walk is also about getting exposure for area business, where much of the art will be displayed. Art will also be available for viewing at Callanan Park, Levesque said, along with live music on the Commercial Street Boardwalk.
Also closed during that time will be York Street between Broad and Commercial streets from about 5-10:30 p.m. — but unlike first Fridays, York Street will be closed every Friday night through Sept. 15, said Peggy Wright, who owns Treats Ice Cream Parlor with her husband, Bob. The pair made the closure request of the city.
“We hope to encourage families to have a place to sit down,” Wright said.
Outside Treats, York Street will house face painting, live music from a young fiddler and a showcase of family-friendly art, such as the unveiling of Kathy Wronski’s commissioned piece of a cow in front of the ice cream shop. Wright said part of the evening’s festivities will be naming the painting.
“We’ll go along with art walk festivities (tonight),” Wright said. “Our area will be more geared toward family.”
Wronski also will be painting live at the Grey Goose on Broad Street during the art walk.
While some people have called for Commercial Street to be closed every Friday night as well, Levesque said, she is still on the fence about that idea.
First Fridays occur from 5-9 p.m. and information can be found by calling 530-575-8846 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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