ArtsWalk to hopefully become a Greensburg staple

The Greensburg ArtsWalk, Saturday, April 14 filled downtown Greensburg with people looking to discover new artists and view live performances throughout town.

The Greensburg ArtsWalk was a self-guided event showcasing local, regional and national artists at each stop, including the Westmoreland Cultural Trust’s Incubator for the Arts, Seton Hill University’s galleries and Art Yard, DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery and more!

The Chalkdad, Erik Greenawalt spent 10 hours drawing a reproduction of the Art Happens installation, George Washington, at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art while ArtsWalk participants were encouraged to draw their own chalk art nearby. Food trucks, Sandwichcraft and Kona Ice kept everyone full and cooled off on the perfect spring day. The Museum finished off their day with a fun performance from Phat Man Dee and Liz Berlin.

The Westmoreland Cultural Trust‘s Art in the Alley, which had their opening reception this past Friday with a ribbon cutting and a proclamation from the City of Greensburg, was a highlight of the ArtsWalk. Art in the Alley, was created to give exposure to emerging artists in the trust’s Incubator for the Arts program, to create another destination spot in Greensburg’s growing downtown cultural district and to improve and enhance the local artistic climate. The alley was filled with art, live painting by Demetre Josebeck and JT Kudray, Sarah Hunter, Patrick Mahoney, Stacey Pydynkowski, Moira Richardson and Pamela Cooper (Greensburg Art Center), children’s activities with Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, mosaic art activities with downtown Greensburg business Pottery Playhouse, caricatures by Ray Kuchinka, face painting by Celeste and a photo opp with Carey Busatto Photography. Music played through the alley all day with performances by Rachel Leigh, The Victoria Morgan Band and The Moment. The alley was filled with people enjoying the interactive art, music and meeting the artists.

Artists showing their work at DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery had many people viewing the art and chatting with them. Maggie Nemetz, Sandy Mears, Benjamin Kokoska, Charles Dangelo, Alex Concannon, Kimberly Rentier, Susan Hoak, Francis DeFabo, Mary Briggs, Angie Shaw and Michael Riggs all showed a variety of different mediums and was another highlight on the ArtsWalk for visitors.

Live music and performances at Art Happens Installation locations, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra, Kaelber and Fitness Envi kept visitors intrigued as they strolled through town.

Another highlight of the day was visit the Seton Hill University Art Center and Art Yard, experiencing student artist’s work in the galleries and demonstrations throughout the day. Metal pouring brought a unique medium to the walk and many people watched on.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Westmoreland Cultural Trust, Seton Hill University, DV8 Espresso Bar and Gallery put on an amazing event that brought many people into downtown Greensburg. A very well done walk that will be hopefully be a staple event for years to come.

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