Newark's first Art Walk in the City will be held Aug. 2 on the downtown square.

Newark's first Art Walk in the City will be held Aug. 2 on the downtown square.

The inaugural event will feature the works of 46 artists being displayed in 23 businesses.

"We're thrilled at the turnout of art and businesses, and we're already looking at dates for 2009," event co-chair Vicky Crist said.

The event was born out of the Cultural Alliance of Licking County (CALC) and will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. CALC is a collaboration of Licking County arts organizations.

Downtown businesses agreed to host local artists and to stay open later in the evening to support the event.

Artist Kathy Anderson said each artist was paired with a business and several businesses are hosting a group of artists. Frame Up, for example, is expected to house the works of at least six artists.

Owner Sandy Ridella said she and others are trying to get her entire space painted before each piece is hung. She is working with artist Diane Robinson, a photographer, who's helping in the process.

"All the pieces should be up by Tuesday," she said.

The Works in downtown Newark is holding an art show in conjunction with the Art Walk. The Works will premiere "A Celebration! Licking County Bicentennial Art Exhibit" from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 2. It features the works of several Licking County artists, as well as artists from surrounding counties. The show will be on display through Oct. 10.

Children's activities will be held in Foundation Park, at the northeast corner of the square.

Crist said children may use chalk to create sidewalk art or make a flower or a bug using tissue paper.

Storytellers will be on hand, and a strolling magician will perform around the square. The Ohio Youth Ballet will perform a version of "Peter and the Wolf" every half hour at the Midland Theatre.

Children from the Weathervane Playhouse will perform mini-concerts while walking around the square, and live music by Kenny Sidle and Dave Ghiloni and friends will be performed at the gazebo.

Architectural tours will be given at 4:30, 5, 5:30 and 7 p.m. Tour sites include the Arcade, 1 N. Third St. (the Louis Sullivan Building), 39 S. Park Place (Twilight Coffee) and 1 S. Park Place (the former First National Bank). A historical narrative accompanies each tour.

Each of the four corners of the square will have an information tent, sponsored by one of four organizations. The tents will provide information on participating businesses and on events throughout the day.

Crist said the event already has formed partnerships and will "promote artists and art in Licking County and all downtown businesses in one event."