The inaugural Walton Art Walk will take place on Saturday, July 20, throughout the village.
It will be a free, self-guided walking tour, featuring the work of local visual artists and artisans. Tour-goers will see original artworks on display in the storefront windows of local businesses and within venues along Delaware Street, Gardiner Place and North Street in Walton. There are 28 venues, according to a media release.
There will be an Artisans Market at Veterans Plaza on Delaware Street.
The Walton Art Walk is a project of the newly formed West Branch Artists. WBA’s mission is to build community and economic resilience in Walton through creating, making and sharing art, the release said. The walk will start at the Big Little Art Studio on North Street and wind through several Walton businesses and windows to Veterans Plaza.
There will also be a Sidewalk Art Gallery on Gardiner Place where the street will be shut down from noon to 6 p.m. for chalk art for all ages. There will be craft activities and children’s art at Danny’s Restaurant from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with donation proceeds going to the “Walton Rising” mural. Delaware County Arc’s Studio 190 will be at the Christ Episcopal Church with members’ art to share and sell.
The William B. Ogden Library at 42 Gardiner Place will have several programs. At 11 a.m. visitors will be able to take in “Look Up! Tales of the Sky!” which will explore stories about space, and at 2 p.m. will be Jack and the Chocolate Milk Cow, and a snack.
The Evolution Store at 10 Townsend St. will have a collection of preserved butterflies, beetles and other insects in a “Beautiful Bugs” display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Congregational Church on North Street will host “Three Generations — Congregational Threads” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It will include quilting demonstrations, arts and crafts activities and refreshments and live music.
The Big Little Art Studio on North Street will have three program. From 10 a.m. to noon there will be an all-ages mixed media workshop to decorate an owl. There will be collaborative circle painting from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m., resident artist Caroline Fay will work on her “Homage to the Bird” in a live painting performance.
Also, the community mural is started on Full Circle Antiques. Community members have donated painted rocks and tour-goers can still be part of it. To get a head start on the festivities, there will be rock painting at the Veterans Plaza from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, July 19, during the farmers market.
There will be food trucks on the Plaza, and all the Walton restaurants will be open. There will be live music on the plaza starting at 11:30 a.m. through 5 p.m., including Fisher & Kean at 2 p.m., and Walton resident Ryan Eldred at 4:15 p.m.
For more information, visit www.westbranchartists.org, or call Kathleen Hayek at 607-865-7201.