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June 24, 2013

Almost watercolor: Rain didn’t stop New Albany Public Art Walk

NEW ALBANY —

Even though a rain date was set up, they did what any self-respecting art lovers would do with wet weather.

They got out their umbrellas and waited out the drizzle.

The second annual New Albany Public Art Walk drew a crowd in spite of some light rain. The promise of new installations and making a little art of their own kept them from leaving early.

“It’s been amazing to see people coming out once the weather cleared up,” said Sally Newkirk, director of the Carnegie Center for Art and History. “It was a little iffy for a while, but they’ve come back.”

Karen Gillenwater, curator for the Carnegie Center, said walkers were able to check out the city’s four new public art installations, “The Stage New Albany Built,” “Painting,” “Sacks of Food” and “New Albany Now.”

With the posters they were given at stations around town, walkers could then get a screen print at each of the new installations for their own piece of art to take home with them.

But she said the opportunity to ask about the inspiration for each piece and learn more about the creative choices behind them also gave audiences an interesting perspective on the art around town.

“I’m seeing new faces, so I think people are really enjoying and engaging with the artists and all the activities they have going on here,” Gillenwater said.

Veronica Combs, a Floyds Knobs resident, brought her son Carson Borchers with her. As he got a portrait of himself painted, she said it’s nice to see New Albany follow the lead of other cities across the country with art.

“I lived in Phoenix for a while, and they had had a lot of great public art,” Combs said. “I think it’s great that New Albany has an evening where people can get out, enjoy art and make some of your own before you go home.”

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