ArtWalk in Elkhart Will Feature Salsa Band, Dance Party Wednesday

September 30, 2013

The third ArtWalk of the year is Wednesday, Oct. 2, and will feature photography and lots of salsa music and dancing.

Six of the 20 or so artists featured along South Main Street late Wednesday afternoon and evening will be photographers specializing in various styles.

ArtWalk runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Aside from a variety of artwork and musicians that can be found along South Main Street in the downtown business district, the main attraction will be a dance party in the civic plaza.

The art festival will include live music from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring Chicago-based salsa band, Rica Obsession, at Civic Plaza. Other musicians will be stationed throughout parts of South Main Street.

The dance parties on the civic plaza are part of an effort by Downtown Elkhart Inc., and That’s Dancing, a downtown business, to establish a new tradition.

The dance element marks the fourth installment of the monthly Elkhart Summer Dance Series, which was part of Elkhart Jazz Festival in June.

Free dance lessons provided by That’s Dancing will be available beginning at 6 p.m.

ArtWalk’s focus on photography coincides with the Midwest Museum of American Art’s Weston Family Photographers exhibit, a tribute to three generations of the renowned California artists. The Midwest Museum will offer extended hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s ArtWalk will also include a unique community art project aimed at supporting 15-year-old Sarah Crane, a Memorial High School student battling colon cancer.

Ranee Robinson, an administrative assistant at the Lerner Theatre who oversees the community art projects for ArtWalk, said authorities decided to alter plans to honor Crane, the 15-year-old Memorial High School student who is gravely ill.

Organizers will have a large canvas in which people can dip their hand in paint and stamp their support on the canvas in exchange for a donation to help offset Crane’s medical costs.

ArtWalk will also offer a chance for people to check out the Fall Floral Carpet along Waterfall Drive, between High and Franklin streets. Volunteers with the Elkhart County Convention and Visitor’s bureau began assembling the massive display Monday morning.

The “People’s Choice Award” winner from the July 17 ArtWalk, master ceramicist Kari Black, will be featured at the ArtWalk Studio & Gallery, 503 S. Main Street.

For more details, including ballots to vote on favorite artists, stop by the ArtWalk studio.