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KIRKSVILLE DAILY EXPRESS: Art Walk brings flavor to downtown Kirksville (06/12/2017)

Monday, June 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Retired physician Charles Pritchard started woodturning about 30 years ago as a “diversion from the pressures of being a physician.”

He said woodturning showed him how he could create some good, within a matter of a couple of hours and without receiving any criticism.

“It was a good relief,” Pritchard said.

Pritchard was one of several artists who shared their work during the fourth annual Kirksville Art Walk last Friday in downtown Kirksville.

The Kirksville Art Walk started as an effort by the Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Merchants Committee to bring new customers to downtown businesses, according to Kirksville Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sandra Williams.

“We just, by luck, were able that very first year to partner with the MOSI Art Guild, Kirksville Arts Association and the Kirksville Downtown Improvement Committee, and it seems to be a really good partnership,” Williams said.

“It gets people into businesses, it gets the artists an opportunity to showcase what they do and it gives the community somewhere to go.”

“It’s a good way to get a community together to have some fun and something to look at,” said artist Judith Scheurer, who showcased her wood rocking horses during the event.

The Art Walk featured about 24 artists who showcased their work in front of about two dozen businesses and on the Adair County Courthouse lawn.

Pritchard, who has participated in the Art Walk since its inception, showcased his woodturning in front of Edna Campbell’s.

“I think (the Art Walk) just makes people aware of the (woodturning) process that I do. That interests them, and looking at the art work,” Pritchard said. “We’re interested in seeing the downtown flourish, so we participate in this for that goal.”

Laura Srnka, owner of Edna Campbell’s, said the store has always appreciated the work of local artists.

“We have owned this store since 1961 and we’ve done many things. Over the years we’ve had exhibits of painters, artists of all kinds, had open houses for them in the evenings,” Srnka said.

“It’s just part of our lives and we like to be able to participate so that other people can come and view the things that, for example, Dr. Pritchard is doing and all the other artists downtown. It’s just a fun event to show people that we really have some good artists in the area.”

Linda Worthington showcased her wreath-making artwork in front of the Amp’D Boutique during the Kirksville Art Walk.

“It’s a chance to promote my little business here (by) getting more customers and trying to get my name out there,” Worthington said. “That’s pretty much the benefit, just having people see what I do and what I have.”

This was the second year Amp’D Boutique participated in the Art Walk.

“I enjoy bringing the public to downtown Kirksville. We need more get together (events) like this to help everybody,” boutique owner Wendy Slaughter said. “It gets (artists) products out and people get to the see the talent that’s in Kirksville, Mo.”

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