The second annual Art Walk on Saturday had good participation from the Cobourg stores on King Street, both operating and closed. It was not clear how many people were aware of the fact that these stores do not normally display Art in their windows – I took photos of 17 stores who had Art in their windows but there were more. A couple of the photos are below – quite an impressive show. There were also a lot of vendors in booths on Second Street plus Mercedes tested the waters to see if there was interest in a street car show. The event ran from 10:00am to 3:00pm and was followed by a pub crawl – but that’s not photogenic so I don’t have photos of that. In addition there was an artists’ competition in the Art Gallery and a couple of Grand Openings of Stores.
Although the Art Walk started at 10:00 am, the artists’ competition in the Art Gallery couldn’t start until the Art Gallery opened at noon. Billed as the Battle of the Brushes, there were eight artists painting an original piece of art – they had three hours to do that. Photos below were just after the half way point. The winner will receive a $500 cash prize from Lighthouse Press; second and third place will receive custom framing of their artwork from the competition by The Painted Tree. Last year the same event was held outdoors and was well attended but this year, the number of people who actually went to the third floor was limited. (Go here for a report on the 2017 event)
King Street was not closed (although Second Street was) and there were no food booths. However, there was a youthful Jazz band (The Circle of Sixths Jazz Band) who entertained for the event. Several organizations were represented: Art de Triomphe, S.O.N.G., XLNT and Quinns as well as several individual artists.
In the mood to “have fun”, Wally Keeler was promoting the “Imagination” and Cobourg as a Feel Good Town. He had a collection of signs in front of Victoria Hall and offered them for Photo Ops.
In the middle of it all, two new businesses had their official Grand Openings: RAW 101 Pet Food store and the Golden Dragon Chinese restaurant. Councillor Brian Darling was there with two grand-daughters and so were Councillor Suzanne Séguin, Adam Bureau (DBIA) and Jamie Simmons (representing MP Kim Rudd). The Golden Dragon dazzled with their flowers and RAW 101 impressed with their family helpers in custom T-Shirts. See photos below.
Entertainment Calendar with detailed listing of Art Walk/Pub Crawl (as well as other events)