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Art Crawl evolving from Village tradition of arts patronage

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P. Susan Sharrock poses with a painting of herself, created live during last year's Art Crawl.

Art -- be it artists, collectors, galleries or simply those who appreciate it -- is a longtime focus of the German Village neighborhood.

Sure, by adding "Arts District" to its name, the Short North laid a claim, but make no mistake, our neighborhood is steeped in artistic flair.

Our 233 acres are populated in every corner with galleries.

Our neighbors and members are working artists.

Our Arts Committee is in the middle of its first full season of exhibits at the newly remodeled Brent Warner Fest Hall at the Meeting Haus. Carol Schar's exhibit opens Aug. 4 -- be there.

So, if you count yourself among our art lovers, you want to be in Macon Alley Saturday night. From 6-10 p.m., when German Village Business Community members host nearly 30 artists, give you a taste of neighborhood restaurant offerings (that little bite will help you focus where you want to grab dinner after Art Crawl), and entertain you with musical guests! And that's before you stop in to see Dan Glasener at the Nationwide Lounge on the north end of the festivities.

Join us for an evening where artists magically transform the garages of Macon Alley into mini-galleries. They'll display, sell and even demonstrate their work.

One of this year's demo artists will be turning art from wood on a lathe.

Devon Palmer has a studio at the Columbus Idea Foundry, and he'll be not just selling his work, but demonstrating his technique.

And don't miss Nikos Rutkowski's latex masks. Nikos was in the special-effects industry before he turned his talents toward visual art, and you cannot miss his stunning and memorable pieces.

As you stroll, you'll note returning artists mixed in among the new faces -- and Village artists mixed in with those who traveled further to take part.

Tickets are $20 ($18 in advance for German Village Society members) and you can buy them at http://2013artcrawl.eventbrite.com/ or at the entrance to Macon Alley at Frankfort or Whittier streets.

Included with your ticket price are two drink tickets and the chance to support German Village businesses and all they do to keep this neighborhood unique and thriving.

This isn't meant to be dinner -- just a taste, a tipple and a tradition of art in one of the most unconventional settings the city has to offer.

The Crawl is a nod to the tradition of arts patronage and collecting that continues to this day among German Village residents.

It has morphed over its 15 or so years of existence from a gallery walk, to a dinner with invited artists, to its current incarnation.

I'll see you there.

German Village Society Executive Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village Notebook column.

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