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Art Walk features eight galleries, nearly 100 artists

The Sun of Mount Vernon, Iowa

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There's a new event to draw people to uptown Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon's East End Art gallery in the First Street Community Center is organizing an art walk uptown between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 7. Within three blocks along and north of First Street on either side of Hwy. 1, people can visit eight art galleries and studios and see works of nearly 100 local and regional artists.

The gallery has organized the first ever Mount Vernon Art Walk to call attention to Mount Vernon's "three blocks to shop" in the historic uptown business district.

The self-guided tour, with maps at all locations, will take place between Third and A Avenues, bookended by First Brick Art Gallery on the west side of First Street and East End Art on the east side in the First Street Community Center building.

As participants stroll along the three blocks, they'll be able to sample not only lots of local art, but also food and even some poetry. The eight art studios and galleries will all be showing their artwork, and some will also be serving food. A few will have local artists present, and one will have local poet Barbara Lau autographing plaques featuring her "52314 poetry" accompanied by 10 iconic images of Mount Vernon.

"This community is filled with art and artists," said Kim Wolfe, spokesperson for the event and co-director with Chris Goodwin of East End Art. "In these eight stops, there are nearly 100 local and regional artists represented. We wanted to create an event to call attention to all of them and invite the regional community to come and get to know why so many artists call Mount Vernon home."

Each site is organizing its own refreshments and events.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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