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Art Walk Oriental
Two galleries, 11 businesses, one event
November 5, 2021

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pinners and weavers, painters and wood carvers. The talent at Oriental’s first Art Walk ran the gamut.

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Manfred Rott’s sculptures on the porch of Marsha’s Cottage.

For two hours on the evening of October 22, patrons of the Art Walk could stroll the Village (and slightly further down Broad Street to Brantley’s Restaurant and The Silos) to visit restaurants and retail businesses and watch local artists at their craft. Artists chatted with visitors, offered demonstrations, and had finished work for purchase.

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Fiber artist Pam Tsiokanos spins skeins of wool while Paula Rozov and Marguerite Garret talk with patrons about their work.
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Marguerite Garrett hand makes her nests, then photographs them.

Sponsored by Oriental’s two art galleries, The Village Gallery and ArtWorks Oriental, the event brought in visitors from out of town. Several groups of people were seen, shopping bags in hand, asking for directions to the next venue.

And that was part of the point, said Carla Fisher of ArtWorks, “to bring the artists and businesses together so both could benefit.”

Prior to the event, Carla explained the inspiration for Art Walk in more detail:

This may be the first Art Walk, said Carla, but it won’t be the last.

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Resin Artist Shelly Gayring set up her work in the Inland Waterway Provision Company.
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Marguerite Chadwick-Juner paints fireworks on her easel at Art Works Oriental.
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Some of the smaller works of Marguerite Chadwick-Juner.
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Hand-made woolen dryer balls and dyed scarves are on display on Julia McDonald’s table under Serendipity Spa.
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Painter Tom McElroy and wood worker Manfred Rott set up on the porch of Marsha’s Cottage. Resin artist Shelly Gayring staked out space inside the Provision Company.
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Pappy Khouri waits for the sun to get a little lower as he paints the harobr scene from the porch of The Village Gallery.
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A closer inspection of Pappy Khouri’s setup.
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Wood worker Paul Delamar, Sr. stands with Nancy Piner in front of her paintings on the porch of Nautical Wheelers.
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Paul Delamar Sr. scowls that his work has gotten so much attention. If it weren’t for friend, neighbor, and fellow artist Nancy Piner, no one might have known.
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Rolf Anselm stands on the deck of the Tiki Bar, looking for artist Irene Goley. She briefly left her mermaid to grab a drink at the bar.

Posted Friday November 5, 2021 by Allison DeWeese


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