Nevada City gears up for final artwalk of summer
The First Friday Artwalk in downtown Nevada City have proven an instant success for its businesses, artists and community.
The idea was spawned by Cynthia Levesque of Neva Co. Boutique as a way to bring fresh energy and awareness to supporting the local businesses. Participating downtown businesses will stay open until 9 p.m. Friday and feature local artists and/or musicians. Many are hosting receptions, demonstrations and special sales.
First Friday Artwalk is a family-friendly event with fun activities for all ages. There is a Youth Arts Showcase on York Street, featuring art and music by local youth. Also, the Boardwalk on Lower Commercial Street will be transformed into a stage featuring local musical acts (Halfpence and Haypenny at 6 p.m., Paige Anderson and the Fearless Kin at 7 p.m. and Grease, Grit and Grime at 8 p.m.).
The Artwalk in Nevada City was a great success,” said Casey Peterson at Voici. “Our shop on Commercial Street saw a significant increase in foot traffic. We felt honored to be able to celebrate the diversity of artists and artisans from this area. The event also generated increased sales and customer visibility. We sincerely hope this event is able to continue.”
This Friday’s event will be the last in the Summer Series, but the event is planned to be year-round with the “Harvest Series,” starting the first Friday in September.
“We have some really fun things planned for the coming months” said Levesque, the event’s organizer. “Each month will have a slightly different theme, for example September will be ‘The Harvest’, October will be a old time circus theme and November happens to fall on Day of the Dead, so it will have a fun ‘Dia de los Muertos’ theme. We will also be using some of the vacant store fronts and turning them into pop-up galleries featuring local artists.”
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