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Art Walk connects people with local artists

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Milan Mitrovic (from left) and Heather Eade watch Graydon Cafarella create a watercolor of a fall scene at The Art Attack in Sycamore in 2011. Cafarella and other artists were showing off the process of creating their art during the Art Walk 2011 artist studio tour.

Susan Edwards knows moving, inspirational art can be found in DeKalb County.

That’s why Edwards is helping to connect local artists with their community through the sixth annual Art Walk on Saturday. The director of Sycamore-based The Art Attack said most people in the area are not aware of local artists. 

“One of the main reasons we do the Art Walk is to introduce people in the area to artists in their backyard and sometimes right under their nose,” she said.

The Art Walk is an all-day free event that allows people to visit art galleries throughout DeKalb and Sycamore. Participants can travel from several locations and meet local artists working in their studios. Sculptures, paintings, prints and photography are some of the artwork that will be shown. 

Smalltown Skate Shop, 229 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, will allow people to purchase a blank skateboard and be given the opportunity to work with local artists to decorate the board. 

Edwards said hopefully with the Art Walk people will not only know their local artists but purchase work from them such as ceramics or paintings instead of shopping at stores. People can find artwork that speaks to them for their homes. 

“With true fine art, you don’t decorate with it, you don’t decorate around it, it kind of stands on its own,” she said. 

Dorothea Bilder, a former Northern Illinois University professor, will participate in the Art Walk for her first time this year. She said she’s been asked several times to participate but didn’t want people traveling all the way to Kane County to view her work. Since her studio has been temporarily relocated to her home in DeKalb, she will show her printmaking work at this year’s event.

She said printmaking is one of the least understood art forms. 

“[People] don’t understand the difference between an original print versus something they get in the mail,” she said. 

She said she wants to give people a sense of the printmaking process and how the materials she uses are manipulated. 

Edwards said the Art Walk has grown since it first started and more artists from places such as Malta are asking her to take part in the event. When the Art Walk began, it featured 20 to 25 artists but now has more than 60 artists participating. 

Maps and brochures detailing sites included on the walk can be picked up at Sycamore Art Attack, 215 W. Elm St., Sycamore, or The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, on the day of the event.

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If you go

What: Art Walk 2013

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: DeKalb and Sycamore area; maps will be available at Sycamore Art Attack, 215 W. Elm St., Sycamore, or The Art Box, 308 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, on the day of the event

Information: 815-899-9440 or www.sycamoreartattack.org

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