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Art Walk draws crowds downtown

Third annual event adds music this year

October 7, 2011
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

It was the third year for the Art Walk in downtown Marshalltown, but some people just caught on Thursday.

"This is our first time here and this is awesome," said Fauna Nord, who was with her husband, Mark Nord. "We came out for something to do and to support Marshalltown."

The walk featured more than 30 artists in downtown shops with much of the work for sale. The outdoors belonged to the music aspect of the event as four pianos were set up and there were also musical groups and singers throughout the area.

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Event organizer Paige Jensen said the pianos were attracting a lot of attention.

"They are really crowding around those spots and standing and enjoying the music," Jensen said.

While many of the artists had art for sale, Rodney Adkisson had his work there just for show. The Marshalltown resident, also known as "Wire Man" had several pieces of wire art he makes from paper clips and clothes hangers on display outside Great Western Bank.

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Denise Ulery, of Marshalltown, takes a photo of a wire art piece by Marshalltown’s Rodney Adkisson outside Great Western Bank during the Art Walk Thursday.

"It's show and tell time," Adkisson said. "I get to see what I did from the expressions of other people."

While it was the first show for people like the Nords, Denise Ulery from Marshalltown is an annual visitor to the show and she made sure to bring her husband this year.

"I think it's fabulous," Ulery said. "We're loving it and having a great time."

The Art Walk has grown every year in the number of artists and activities. Jensen was happy with the amount of people walking the streets and soaking in the art this year and plans to continue that growth into the future.

"We hope to expand a little bit more next year," she said.



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