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Last art walk of ‘07 could be biggest ever

By PAUL BALCERAK

Staff writer

The best and brightest of the Old Town Silverdale Art Walk will have their work on display Friday night.

The last art walk of 2007 will feature the art of all three best in show winners from the past three art walks as well as art from seven of the art walk committee members.

It will also feature a tribute to former committee member Augusta Asberry, who passed away recently, and the grand opening of Silverdale Fine Arts, a new art gallery in Old Town.

“It’s one of our biggest shows of the year and I think with the grand opening ... it could be even bigger,” said Art Walk Coordinator Denise Mahoney.

The walk usually draws 200 to 300 people, but as many as 500 could be in attendance Friday, she said.

There’s no cost of admission and several of the businesses hosting artists will have special promotions available during the art walk including:

• Free roses at Jeanette’s Old Town Flowers

• 40 percent off one Christmas ornament at A Company of Friends

• A drawing for one month of free classes at Kitsap Arts

• A free cookie with a food bank donation at Monica’s Waterfront Bakery

• A drawing for a $50 gift certificate at McGregor & Company

• A drawing for a $30 gift certificate at Tee Dee Company

There will be plenty of holiday entertainment on hand as well. The Peace Lutheran Church and School “All Girls Choir” will be performing at the Port of Silverdale Office and carolers and Santa Claus will be roaming around at the event. Guitarist August Huelle will also be performing at the Silverdale Fine Arts gallery.

The art walk started four years ago and was envisioned as a way to allow artists to showcase their work without losing sales commissions to venues hosting their work. Venues at the walk simply enjoy a higher volume of traffic through their doors.

“It’s helped exposure,” said Linda Peters, co-owner of Jeanette’s Old Town Flowers. “We’ve done okay (selling things during the art walk) the last few years.”

The weather could get a little dicey — rain is possible and lows are expected in the mid-30s — but organizers are ready for it, Mahoney said.

“We’re pretty close enough from venue-to-venue that people usually just bring umbrellas.”

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