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Sandusky hosts first Downtown Art Walk

John Benson • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

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- WHAT: Downtown Sandusky Art Walk

- WHERE: Downtown Sandusky; you can pick up maps at The Merry-Go-Round Museum (301 Jackson St.), Storefront (218 Columbus Ave.) and Bay Gallery (115 W. Water St.)

- WHEN: 6-9 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 11

- COST: Free

When you think about Sandusky, the word “art” is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. The first Downtown Art Walk, which takes place from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 11 in downtown Sandusky, hopes to change all of that.

The Merry-Go-Round Museum and Sandusky Main Street Association, sensing momentum with the Uptown Photo Op event, thought the walk was a creative way to bring even more people to downtown Sandusky. 

“The event is a way for Sandusky to feature works by local artists and encourage people to see our downtown in a different light,” said The Merry-Go-Round Museum Executive Director Veronica VandenBout. “We have an amazing art scene here that nobody realizes. They talk about Tremont in Cleveland and all of these other places, but we’ve got it going here. We just don’t have a way to feature them, multiple artists as the same time. So it’s a little bit here, a little bit there.”

The Downtown Art Walk finds pieces of work located at Mr. Smith’s Coffee House, Bay Gallery, an empty storefront next to Cabana Jacks, The Sandusky Artisans Cooperative and The Merry-Go-Round Museum. Artists displaying work include Marilyn Aylward, Chris Pribanic, Joey Supina, Delores Oleksa, Frances Heath, Richard Davis, Susan Zetzer, Gail Hughes, Kay McClusky, Sharon Dacarcel, Gloria Wragg, Pat Grondin, Marilyn Mischler, Julie Baumbick and Doreen Kirk.

“It’s everything from impressionist style to watercolor artists,” VandenBout said. “We also are going to have a group of artists who are going to be actually painting during the event in different spots. What we want to do is see what kind of response we’ll get on a Thursday in November. If it’s good, we are hoping we can make this happen on the first Thursday of the month from May through September

next year.”

Finally, VandenBout puts the onus on Sandusky area folks to turn off their televisions, get up from their couches and experience everything the Go Coast has to offer.

“Absolutely, everybody goes, ‘Nah, nah, there’s nothing to do here,’” VandenBout said. “You know, there’s so much here that it just blows me away. I come in from a different perspective. I think it’s just fabulous. We have this great theater, a wonderful little community theater and great kids in the schools. We’ve got a lot of art available. And now we’ve put it all together in a show to package for folks.”

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