When Sue Finch heads out with her camera in hand, she has a specific goal in mind. Nature is her subject.

"I love going outside, and it's always special when you can capture things just the way you feel about them and you see them when you're there," Finch said. "A lot of times you get a picture back, and it doesn't give you that feeling, and I try to pull what I can out of the picture."

Finch's talents will be on display at Canal Winchester Art Guild's seventh annual Art Stroll in the city's historic downtown from 2 to 8 p.m. May 12.

More than 40 area artists and students will participate in this year's free event to promote the visual arts in and around Canal Winchester.

The Art Guild is celebrating its 20th year.

Visitors can go from site to site throughout the historic district, enjoying musical entertainment as well as the exhibits, which will be set up in studios, galleries and in local businesses.

Artists also will sell their work.

The Canal Winchester Historical Society, Robert Warren's Art Loft, House of Therapy, Stradley Park, Frances Steube Community Center and the recently restored Interurban building are among some of the locations that will be used as exhibit space.

Musical entertainment will be provided by th String Theory Acoustic Band, Joe Steager, Yellow Rose Cloggers, Cliff Spruill and Canal Winchester High School's steel drum band, the Winchester Steel Company.

Diverse works are included in the Art Stroll, including pieces done in oil, acrylic, watercolor and colored pencil; carvers, sculptors, artists who work in glass, jewelry, fiber, 3-D mixed media and photography are also included.

"We're proud of the growth we've seen over the past 20 years," said Art Guild President Emily Davis, who co-chairs the Art Stroll with Finch. "Every meeting we have, we see more and more people."

Student work will be displayed at Shade on the Canal's Pine Room. While there, visitors also can learn about the birdhouse project involving Canal Winchester Local Schools, Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools, Home Depot and the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

One special project, Davis said, involves students at Winchester Trail Elementary School, who have been making 150 birdhouses that have been assembled by Eastland-Fairfield students.

Many of the birdhouses will be set up along bike and walking paths and in other parts of the city to attract native birds, she said.

Visitors will be able to cast votes in the annual mural competition, Finch said. The winners will have their work displayed in the downtown area.

"Last year, we had beautiful weather, so I think that brought a lot of people out," Finch said. "We're hoping for the same this year."

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