Renton’s annual Art and Antique Walk has been canned this year says event Organizer Arts Unlimited due to logistics as organizers ran out of time to get the necessary permitting.
Paul Hebron, president of Arts Unlimited said, “Our goal for the August 22nd, 2015 event was to block off 3rd street from Burnett to Main and create a street-fair, which required additional permits from the City of Renton,” “We didn’t secure the permits in a timely manner, thus our board of directors decided to postpone the street-fair until 2016.”
“A lot of the programming that we’re doing is new for us,” said Hebron. “We just felt like we needed the time to do the street fair correctly.” Arts Unlimited of Renton is a Washington State non-profit corporation.
The idea to expand the walk to a street fair came last year after a number of artists expressed concern about being situated in front of vacant businesses. Originally designed to be an arts and antique walk through downtown, the vacant storefronts left sizable gaps in the programming for the event.
Looks like they’ll have plenty of time to plan for next year with an expanded vision to include visual and performing arts in 2016.
In addition Arts Unlimited will continue to hosted a bunch of new events including a once a month art walk, sketch nights and the Eruptions of Art.
Event Planners are making arrangements for a bigger and better downtown Renton Arts and Antiques Street Fair and are sorry to disappointment, but the decision was made final as the group of artists, business owners, and volunteers through in the towel after hosing the Annual Downtown Renton Walk every year in August since 2005.