TRAVERSE CITY — Debra Sanborn has two reasons to be excited about next week’s Downtown Art Walk.
As the owner of Peninsula Studios, Sanborn will welcome visitors to her Traverse City gallery. The painter in her looks forward to sharing her work with a new group of art lovers.
“For me it is a wonderful opportunity to bring people into the gallery that don’t come downtown,” said Sanborn, who has participated in the biannual event for the past three years.
She is among 18 local retailers who will exhibit the works of area talent during the ninth annual spring Downtown Art Walk from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3.
“The success of Art Walk has been so great — a success for the businesses that participate and the artists,” said Bryan Crough, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority. “It is a win, win.”
The public is invited to enjoy an evening of art, refreshments, food and music on a self-guided tour through downtown Traverse City. Artists from the Grand Traverse region and beyond will be on hand to present their works.
Walking maps will be available at each exhibit location, including: Allure, Americana Gallery, Art and Soul Gallery, Cherry Republic, City Opera House, Cog’s Creek Gallery and Studios, Daisy Jane, Great Lakes Bath and Body, Haystacks, McMillen’s Custom Framing, Morsels Espresso an Edibles, Old Mission Traders, Orvis Streamside, Peninsula Studios, Red Ostrich, Sweet Pea, Wooden Gallery, Yen Yoga and Fitness.
Crough says the success of Art Walk has sparked several new related activities. A permanent mobile-style installation of car hoods, reinvented by local artists into works of art, will be unveiled at noon on Saturday, May 4, in the stair towers of the Hardy Parking Deck. The Downtown Traverse City Association commissioned the work using proceeds from the Downtown Public Art Fund.
In addition, several large cherry sculptures, part of the MAD Cherries for Charity public art project, will be on display throughout downtown April 28 through May 4. As part of an NMC entreprenuership class project, the group will host an auction of the sculptures with proceeds to benefit the Women’s Resource Center, Third Level Crisis Center and Freedom Builders.
“We love the fact that other groups are willing to be part of a celebration of the arts in our downtown,” Crough said.
Sanborn she hopes the events will allow people to see Traverse City as a destination for art.
“It would be great if we were known for having an art district,” she said.