Sunday’s outdoor Art Walk event — a fundraiser for arts in the local schools — was a coming out of sorts for Piedmonters who’ve kept socializing to a minimum this past pandemic year. The opportunity to cross paths with newly vaccinated friends and neighbors IRL (in real life) was embraced by all who participated in the weekend walkabout.
“Overall we had a huge turn out and wonderful feedback from the community,” said Becca Posamentier, chair of the Piedmont Arts Fund. “People of all ages appreciated the opportunity to get outside, view and purchase wonderful art, and greet their neighbors.”
Posamentier said 750 people stopped by the info booth on Highland Ave. “and we know that many participants didn’t even make it up to the booth as they focused on the artists.” Ninety-six children turned in their art “passports” after visiting at least six artists and received a treat.
Participating artists will donate 20 percent of proceeds from the sale of their artwork to the Piedmont Education Foundation to support art in the schools. Over 40 local artists and students participated.
“It was great to see so much enthusiasm around the event,” said organizer Jon Schleuning, who said results of the fundraiser will be forthcoming next week.
Photos courtesy of Brigid Gaffikin, Julie Reichle, Josh Posamentier, Barbara Love, and Mary Ireland