Gig Harbor, Washington moves Art Walk back to it’s original night.
Welcome to Gig Harbor, ranked No. 5 Best Small Town in America by Smithsonian Magazine in 2012. Gig Harbor, with it’s population just over 7,000, was once known for its commercial fishing, boat building, and logging, yet, due to it’s wondrous scenic broadwalked harbors where mountain meets the bay, has since become a popular tourist destination. The Gig Harbor ArtWalk adds the cherry on top, or the snow cap onto the mountain, so to speak.
New to the world of Art Walks, Gig Harbor is still in the “feeling things out stage”, where experienced community planning mixes with a bit of trial and error.
This month, the Gig Harbor Waterfront Association will be re-launching its award-winning event as yet another step toward showcasing downtown as an enjoyable destination for both visitors and area residents.
With this the opportunity for art enthusiasts to stroll through six galleries featuring artist demonstrations, refreshments, and displays reflecting a diverse selection of mediums and styles.
“We believe art plays a significant role in creating a downtown destination, and an art walk is an interactive way to be part of this positive transformation,” said Brad Stave, gallery committee chair in a press statement.
Gig Harbor first began their ArtWalk on the first Saturday of the each month, only to move to Thursdays, to coincide with the Thursday Night Out program but now that the Thursday program has ended for the season, committee members have decided the best night for the Art Walk is the original first Saturday of each month.
In a small town, moving your ArtWalk dates may work. In a larger town? We’ll let’s just say if it’s not broke – don’t try to fix it.
Gig Harbor does include some interesting community participation tactics worth noting. At Gig Harbor Art walk participants can elect to pick-up a passport at any one of the galleries, collect a stamp from each location, and turn in their passport to be entered into a monthly drawing for a $50 gift certificate.
They also have showcase community artists like Judy Prisoc, a Gig Harbor artist who enjoys depicting familiar objects with an exactitude that requires close observation in order to see beyond the expected, live at by Joan Teed Karen Miner and featured watercolors from artist George Milliken.
Gig Harbor ArtWalk is coordinated by the Gig Harbor Gallery Association was established in 2001 as a non-profit organization with a mission to support the arts and art education within the community.