Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson
Art Walk Kingston is a celebration of the arts and the local community in its 2nd year during the weekend of September 23rd and 24th. The public is invited to explore three distinct areas of the city of Kingston and immerse themselves in a range of art and events presented by over 100 artists. Paintings, photographs, drawings, ceramics, jewelry, and sculptures are just some of the artworks that will be on display at home studios and galleries across the city, as well as a variety of performances and special events. We were excited to see that there has been growth in a number of artists located in the Kingston Midtown Arts District this year, including artist made musical instruments, fine furniture, and woodworking.
City of Kingston Mayor, Steve Noble commented on Art Walk: “All are welcome to join me as we traverse our beautiful city and visit the diverse artists, performers and businesses contributing to our community’s growth and development.”
New this year is the preview exhibit of select Art Walk Kingston artists at ARTBAR Gallery on Friday, September 22nd, 5:00-9:00 pm. The exhibit is open during Art Walk Weekend, noon – 5:00 pm and continues through September 30th. We are appreciative that ARTBAR gallerist Allie Constant generously hosted the Art Walk Kingston artists for the entire month of September.
Launching Art Walk Kingston was a community grass-roots effort led by myself and local resident and photographer Joe Gonzalez who saw a need and began talking about the idea to other residents and business owners in early 2016. The Art Walk has been planned during a series of monthly meetings on the first Thursday of the month that have also proven to be networking events bringing together Kingston residents, business owners, and the arts community. The first Thursday meetings continue on throughout the year at The Beverly.
We wish to thank our sponsors that helped fund Art Walk Kingston, including the Klock Kingston Foundation, which provided for producing the professional marketing materials. We are especially grateful to Rick Whelan of Ditto! Design!, who designed the marketing materials including the poster, postcards, and map booklet. We would not be where we are today without the super supportive local arts businesses, Bailey Ceramic Supply and R&F Handmade Paints, who continue to promote the Midtown Arts District in Kingston as a part of a healthy, vibrant arts community. The many local sponsors show that the Kingston community comes together for events such as Art Walk, and we hope you will support these sponsors this weekend and in the months ahead.
Art Walk Kingston is produced through the nonprofit organizing partner, Arts Mid-Hudson, and a few dedicated volunteers, including Barbara Scott and Scott Marston-Reid, who steadfastly worked for months to do whatever it took to get the job done. I especially want to recognize Joe Gonzalez, a great colleague and organizational mastermind for Art Walk Kingston.
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