Art walk thanks volunteers, artisans
To the editor:
Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk is grateful to everyone who participated in art walk’s second annual Artisan Fair on the Square, where artisans were paired with local businesses and galleries around Fairfield’s historical downtown square for an annual gallery crawl and opportunity to purchase gifts for the holidays. New this year was an extended second day to Saturday.
A huge thank you goes to our November event sponsor, SunnyBrook Senior Living, a strong supporter of the arts in the Fairfield community.
A warm thank you goes out to all the artisans who attended and displayed their work at this two day event: Gyan Shrosbree, Alison Mosbeck, Lohrainne Janell, Martha Stewart, Sandra Dimmit, April Grinaway, Mark Wilkins, Kenneth Nelson, Matt Wetrich, Danielle Wallace, Natalie Klostermann, Emily Fotis, Jeri Felix and Joanie McGinnis. Further, the wonderful retail stores that hosted these lovely artists should be acknowledged as well: At Home Store, Blue Fish Clothing, Central Park Furnishings, Chocolate Café, Crest Jewel, Earth and Water Tea Shop, Fairfield Nutrition, Finnywicks, Flair/Josie Hannes Design Studio, Health and Wholeness, ICON, Karla’s Mosaic Studio and OM Gifts.
Attendees of the Artisan Fair on the Square enjoyed three musical performances by Iowa City/Cedar Rapids jazz quartet The Soul Deacons, our well-known local group The David Leffler Quartet, and our famous song mistress Sharon Bousquet.
We also want to share our gratitude to all the volunteers and supporters who came to help and support art walk last Friday: Holland Webb and son, Tim Hawthorne, Novena Cole and Shelia Peck. We also want to thank Susan Murphy of Walmart, who donated collection jars for art walk volunteers that were put out to collect money for Hurricane Sandy victims. This endeavor was a success and we plan on doing it again for the Dec. 7 art walk.
We are always looking for volunteers for art walk. This is a great opportunity for individuals, service organizations and businesses to come and support our community by making these events bigger and better. We will be needing volunteers for December so please don’t be shy, contact us and volunteer! It’s a great way to socialize, meet new people and support your community all at the same time! Art walk is for everyone so be a part of it and volunteer!
Final thanks go out to all of the businesses that are sponsoring and supporting art walk. We encourage local companies and individuals to keep supporting art walk because when you support art walk you are supporting the entire community.
Last but not least, Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk wants to thank the community as a whole for attending this art walk and all other art walk events. Without your community support, art walk would not be what it is.
— Dania De Bortoli, executive director and event coordinator for Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk