A great evening of art was presented this past weekend at the 6th Annual Water Valley Studio Crawl. Visitors flocked to Bozarts Gallery and Yalo Studio to pick up their maps, and then headed off to various spots on the crawl to see art, hear music and have fun.
The crowds were walking about as I made my way from location to location. The variety of artists featured was extensive as there were photographers, painters, potters, sculptors and even a seamstress welcoming people into her newly built studio. Spirits were high as people were enjoying the camaraderie and creativity of each individual artist and the spaces they inhabited.
One of the things that make the crawl so much fun is the hospitality and special touches that each host brings to their home welcoming the public into see their work or perhaps the work of many invited artists. Live music was heard on many porches, food was piled high on tables and art was featured in many nooks and crannies making it a cool sort of treasure hunt with fun surprises at each stop. Artists young and old showed their talents to visitors often sharing tips and explanations on their work giving viewers a personal and intimate look into the process of the artist.
If you missed the crawl, do not worry. There will be another one next year and there is still great art to be seen in the Valley as the local galleries have big plans for the fall with traditional and non-traditional shows on the schedule for the next few months. More on that will follow in future columns.
By Andi Bedsworth