From Kim Springsdorf

 DURING ARTWALK – Corunna High School living statues are a favorite at ArtWalk Owosso. They will again be in the downtown area this Friday. (Independent File Photos/BILL CONSTINE)

The Owosso Mainstreet/DDA and Shiawassee County Convention & Visitors Bureau invite you to the annual ArtWalk Owosso, sponsored by LAFCU Credit Union throughout the downtown 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

“Our downtown area will host over 40 artists as this event continues to grow,” said organizers. “Musicians will be found around every turn and food and drink specials will be offered in our local restaurants. The Main Street Plaza, Washington and Main (M-21) will be the starting point for the event. Complete event maps will be available here and at participating locations. The plaza itself will feature artists, musicians, sidewalk chalk art, balloon sculptures, a silhouette artist and a craft coffee experience by Foster Coffee Company.

“We are happy to announce this year’s featured artists, their medium and locations: Alaina Kraus with photography and jewelry at Springrove Variety; Becky Barrett and staff artists and textiles at Becky’s Sewing & Alterations; Bethany Stockton, handmade jewelry at Abiding in the Vine; Charles Johansson, watercolors at Hankerd Sportswear; Cody Von Dietz doing Graphic, Charcoal, Ink & Acrylic at Courtside Café. Also, Connie Simon, photography, at Owosso Eye Care.

“The Corunna Living Statues, living art, throughout the downtown; Dana Killian, gemstone jewelry at the Nail Boutique; David-Lorne Photographic, photography at the Jordan Art Gallery; Devon Hill, oil on canvas at Norm Henry Shoes.

“Featured artists will be at Curwood Castle utilizing various mediums; 39 featured artists have works at the Shiawassee Art Center; Foster Coffee will have craft coffee at the Main Street Plaza.

“The Shiawassee Artist Guild members with various mediums will be at First Congregational Church; Jill Doederlein, clay jewelry, mosaic tiles and scarves at Apple Tree Lane; Jordan Moore, mixed media, Dollar Daze; Judy Senk, teddy bears and fabric at Smith & Voss. Also, Justin Rudolph, compressed/vine charcoal at Shiawassee Martial Arts Center; Kristie Taphouse doing pen and paper comic books at Funny Pages Hobbies; Marilyn Garrison, silhouettes at Main Street Plaza; Mark Dehetre, clay pottery and sculptures at It’s A Deli Thing.

“In addition, Mark Green, watercolor and photography at Healthfirst Pharmacy; Megan Patten, handmade jewelry at Stretch; Melissa Wardwell, author at Owosso Books & More; Michael Paine Photography photo booth at his location; Mid-Michigan Woodcarvers with wood carving at First Congregational Church; Molly Rajski, handmade glass lovelies at Owosso Floral; Regina Moskal, watercolor, acrylics, pencil, ink at J’s Tux & Bridal. Staff musicians at Owosso Guitar; Steve Wood, painting portraits, airbrush on canvas at Main Street Plaza; Terrance Skok with Michigan Driftwood and stones at The Lounge Barbershop; Thomas Hankerd, pen and ink, Hankerd Sportswear; Thomas Newman, Indian motif wood art at Main Street Plaza; Thomas Pierson Jr. with metal, copper, stained glass at Gilberts Do it Best; Tom Tomasek pastels at Cerveny Jewelers. Painting at Crimson Tattoo; and the work of Richard Harsh, in various mediums hosted by Kori Shook at Century 21 Looking Glass.”

The following musicians will be entertaining ArtWalk visitors with various types of music: Daniel Harrow; Doug Cornell (Dirt Surfers); Ethan Lewis; Green River Company (Logan and Gavin Trevorrow, Connor Spring and Brandon Perry); Jeff Deason; There & Back Again (Jim Staff, Pat Carmody, Ken Taylor and Jason S); Ragtime Jazz (Quinn Barcus); Nick Faber and Jenny Haber and Chuck.

Additional ArtWalk highlights include new additions: ArtBike, which features unique, decorated bikes throughout Downtown Owosso and Westown and an Artisan Row on the 200 block of W. Exchange (same location as the Downtown Owosso Farmers Market).

Back by popular demand is the free Photo Booth offered by Michael Paine Photography. Bring in the family for fun group photos!

First Congregational Church will be offering a special Homemade Chicken Van Gogh dinner, 5 to 7:30 p.m.; adults $8, youngsters 5 and younger, $5.

Curwood Castle Park features the Owosso Wall of History and The Shiawassee Arts Center (SAC). SAC will be displaying and selling the multi-media artwork of 39 Mid-Michigan artists. Visit the Frederick Frieseke Gallery displaying originals and prints of the Owosso-born and internationally famous impressionist painter. Light refreshments and music will be offered on the open-air Cottonwood Terrace. Enjoy a live demonstration by Flushing Botanical Artist Barbara Holmer.

“ArtWalk Owosso is a unique celebration of local and regional art and downtown businesses and attractions. The collaboration of artists and merchants along with the art and architecture of our beautiful downtown promises to make a great evening of conversations, discovery, happy taste buds and pride for the community we call home.”

Event brochures are available at the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce at 215 N. Water, and Owosso City Hall at 301 W. Main Street. For more information you may call Kim Springsdorf at (989) 723-1199 or Josh Adams at (989) 494-3344.

ArtWalk in Downtown Owosso was last modified: September 8th, 2015 by Karen Elford