Dublin Villager

Schools, businesses to create 'galleries' May 1-7

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New galleries will popup in Historic Dublin next week for the Dublin City School District's Art Stroll.

The event, which will run May 1-7 at several businesses in Historic Dublin arose from a partnership between the school district and the Historic Dublin Business Association.

"This is officially the second year," said Marilyn McKinley, a Dublin Jerome High School art teacher who is organizing the event.

"It really is the first year of it being developed," McKinley said.

"There are a lot more businesses and a lot more teachers involved. It's really grown."

The art stroll will place artwork from students in schools around the district in Historic Dublin.

"The art is predetermined by the space the businesses have and the space they think will best show off art and show off their product," McKinley said.

"Some stores can only show 2-D work, some only have room for 3-D work," McKinley said, adding she connected teachers with stores that would best suit the student artwork they have.

"As the coordinator I visited the shops, met with the owners and walked through the facility ... and discussed what might fit in."

Nearly all art teachers in the district are participating.

"There are 31 art teachers participating," McKinley said.

"That's almost all of us. The goal was for all 31 teachers to have room for at least two pieces."

The Art Stroll will kick off at 6 p.m. May 1, in conjunction with the Historic Dublin Business Association's monthly Jig that provides music and specials at businesses.

Businesses participating in the Art Stroll include Allstate Insurance, Bad Frog, Blankets and Booties, Boho 72 Boutique, Donatos, the Dublin branch library, Ha'Penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Jeni's, Our Cupcakery, Sisters Sweet Shoppe, Thread, Timeless Skin, Winans Dublin and Z Bearla's.

The Historic Dublin Business Association will run a scavenger hunt during the weeklong Art Stroll.

Anyone who finds art at the participating businesses can turn in a scavenger hunt card for a chance to win prizes.

For more information, look online at historicdublin.org.

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