The Carthage Square is gearing up for an evening of art, music and community.
The Third Annual Carthage Historic Downtown Art Walk is slated 6 p.m. Friday, April 26 in downtown Carthage. Almost 20 artists will have their work on display in seven galleries, City Hall and the Jasper County Courthouse. A unique and happy coincidence will take place this particular Art Walk – the past three featured Maple Leaf artwork winners will all be featured in the courthouse.
“Art Walk is really starting to develop a following in Carthage,” said Wendi Douglas, executive director of the Carthage Convention and Visitor's Bureau. “We have a variety of artistry and mediums as well as music. It should be a great night in Carthage.”
The featured artist for the Art Walk will Koral Martin's photography, (sponsored by Dr. Fly's Salon) which will be on display in the UMB Bank on the east side of the Square.
In collaboration with the Art Walk, the bank will also be celebrating their 100th birthday.
“The bank is really the place to be for the Art Walk,” said Patricia Marston, administrative assistant for UMB. “Everyone can come in and sit down, enjoy the art, a beverage and listen to music. It's so much fun, and we're so happy to also celebrate our birthday at this event with the community.”
The Art Walk is sponsored by UMB, Beimdiek Insurance, Carthage Council on the Arts, Leggett & Platt, and Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital.
The Big Wiener, the Carthage Deli and Rumor Has It will be open for dinner.
The City of Carthage leaders have agreed to waive the city ordinance that prohibits sidewalks to be blocked so that the restaurants surrounding the Square may serve people outside for the evening of the Art Walk.
A brand new facet to the Carthage Square, Mother Road Coffee Shop will be open for visitors too with a chance to meet Carthage native and author Ron Bay Jr.