Handmade banners once again will line Uptown's streets as Westerville elebrates its annual April is Art Month.

Handmade banners once again will line Uptown's streets as Westerville elebrates its annual April is Art Month.

This year, there will be more than 50 banners hung, and all are new creations, said Renee Kropat, of Partners in Art Inc. at Gallery 202, which coordinates April is Art Month.

"They're all new. There are no repeats from last year," she said. "What we asked people to do was paint something on one side about what they felt about Uptown or Westerville. On the back, there will be one or two words to describe it.

"As you go down through Uptown, you'll be able to see what we hope are very positive statements about Westerville and about Uptown."

The banners' creators range from children to adults and from amateur to professional artists, Kropat said. There are also nine banners made of fabric pieces by disabled adults from the Advantage Center in Grandview.

Chair is Art also returns to Gallery 202 this year, though Kropat said she planned to nix it from the lineup of April is Art events until a school approached her about doing it again.

"The Arts Academy in Delaware is doing chairs again for us to display in the gallery like they did years ago," Kropat said. "We will have, probably, eight or 10 chairs created by them."

During April, the gallery will highlight a new artist, Westerville North graduate Emily Hirtle, who is now a freshman majoring in art at Otterbein University.

The gallery will show an exhibit of Hirtle's ink drawings, titled "The Musings of Emily."

There will be an open reception for the exhibit from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 21 at the gallery, 38 N. State St.

"She just kind of wandered up one day, that's how she found me," Kropat said of how the exhibit came to be.

The works displayed are based on the works of Tim Burton and Edward Gorey, Hirtle said - "things that inspired me as a child, artists and artwork and illustrators, the things that shaped me today and the things I find amusing."

The exhibit will feature between 12 and 15 drawings, all of which will be for sale.