Follow the yellow footprints for a tour of public art in Twisp
By Ann McCreary
Look for big yellow footprints to guide your way to public art and interactive demonstrations, art studios, live music, local food and arts activities for all ages during Twisp’s annual Art Walk on Saturday (May 23) from noon-4 p.m.
Glover Street will be closed from the Third Avenue intersection north to become a pedestrian-only zone for the event, and yellow balloons around town will mark participating businesses and arts organizations.
If you don’t know how many public pieces of art are scattered around town, follow the footprints from TwispWorks through town to the Twisp Ponds, and discover more than a dozen pieces of art.
In downtown Twisp on Glover Street, Cinnamon Twisp Bakery will feature the River Town Ramblers performing folk and bluegrass, and an art exhibit by Karel Renard.
D*Signs, Donna Keyser’s gallery, features local art and music; Confluence Gallery will offer children’s art activities in the street in front of the gallery, and a demonstration by artist Dan Brown; The Merc Playhouse will host sidewalk chalk art, free balloons for kids, and concessions inside the theater.
Glover Street Market will serve food at its counter and offer an afternoon wine tasting in its downstairs wine cellar, and Logan’s Steakhouse will be selling food on the street in front of the restaurant.
Belly dancers will perform in the street at 12:30 and 1:15 p.m., and Pipestone Youth Orchestra members will perform at various locations and times.
At the close of Art Walk, Confluence Women Poets will host a poetry reading at 4 p.m. at Confluence Gallery. A sign-up sheet will be available for all community members who want to read their own or their favorite poetry.
There will be lots of activity at TwispWorks where art studios and businesses will welcome visitors, said Alison Gillette, entrepreneurship coordinator at TwispWorks.
Participants at TwispWorks include Methow Gallery; Door No. 3 print art studio; Matt Armbrust’s Methow Valley Clay Art Center; KTRT Radio; the Education Station, geared to educational talks, lectures and projects; and repurposed clothes by Elizabeth Drake.
Spartan Art Project will host an exhibit; eqpd will offer a craft project; Sam Carlin will conduct a glassblowing demonstration; and the Methow Valley Interpretive Center will conduct a beadwork project.
A food truck offering sandwiches, salads, ice cream and other treats will be at TwispWorks, along with live music.