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LAWRENCE ARTWALK: BACKGROUND INFO
The Lawrence ArtWalk has come to be regarded as one of Lawrence's
premier arts events and draws visitors from everywhere, even
internationally, who plan their visits to town around the event.
The annual Lawrence ArtWalk is always scheduled in late October
on the weekend before Halloween and is one of the earliest opportunities
for buyers to shop for holiday gifts.
A Brief History
The event was started by Lawrence artist Diana Dunkley and book-store
owner Pat Kehde in 1995 and originally featured just a walking
tour of downtown Lawrence galleries and studios. While the original
name of the event has been retained, venues are now located all
across Lawrence and even beyond! Lawrence photographer and artist,
John Wysocki co-organized the event with fellow artist Sarah
Oblinger in 1996-97 and has been organizing the event ever since.
In 1996 (2nd annual), artwork was exhibited by 27 artists, two
'collectives' or groups of artists, and at six art galleries.
By 2003 the event had grown to feature over 100 participants:
artwork was exhibited at 62 locations in and around Lawrence
by 76 artists and five artists' collectives or groups as well
as 10 art galleries. In 2004, as part of its 10th anniversary
celebrations, the event focused on artists and was preceded by
a three-week long Preview Exhibition as well as a Downtown Lawrence
Gallery Walk on the Friday before the ArtWalk weekend.
Promotional materials have always featured the work of local
graphic or fine artists. In 2004 the distinctive logo for the
Lawrence ArtWalk, featuring the iconic character Arthur Walker
Esq., was illustrated by Lawrence cartoonist Dale Martin. In
2005, the Featured Artist Award was initiated to feature one
artist's work on promotional materials.
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