German Village Gazette

Event crawling with art, entertainment

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The 13th annual Art Crawl promises plenty of interesting art, food and entertainment.

The event, which has earlier hours this year, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. July 19 on Macon Alley between Whittier and Frankfort streets.

"We wanted it to still be light out somewhat at the end," said Greg Gamier, Art Crawl co-chairman and a member of the German Village Business Community, which organizes the event.

He noted hours in previous years were 6 to 10 p.m.

Gamier said 33 artists and three performance artists will take over roughly 15 alleys in a four-block area.

Organizers of the event received more than 50 applications, the most yet, he said.

"Word is getting out that it is a great place to be," Gamier said.

"The artists who have been here in the past have been very happy with sales and exposure from the event."

They represent a wide swath of media, from jewelry to watercolor to oil paintings.

Admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased at the gate the evening of the event.

Proceeds benefit the German Village Business Community, which is also responsible for putting on Village Lights in December.

The demonstration artists include local Realtor Regina Acosta Tobin, who will be throwing pots; wood-turner Devon Palmer; and Nikos Rutkowsky, who will create sculptures and masks.

Entertainers, who will be positioned on each block, include acoustic guitarist Dan Heidt; Anna and the Consequences, a vintage jazzy torch blues outfit; the Devil Doves, which will perform up-tempo blues and Americana music; and Ruvane, a trio that combines acoustic pop rock and beachfront folk.

Food samples will be offered from local favorites such as Barcelona, Juergen's, Kolache Republic, Sidecar Catering and Two Caterers.

Wine and beer will be served. The price of admission includes two drink tickets.

Art Crawl is one of the neighborhood's biggest summer attractions, Gamier said.

"It's another unique event to German Village, where you have artists and art lovers coming together in a night unlike any other," he said.

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