Hudson -- The HeART of Hudson art walk returns Oct. 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Hudson.
In its second year, HeART of Hudson is a project of the 2011-12 Leadership Hudson class showcasing area artists and performers in downtown businesses and open spaces, said project managers Amy Johns said Betty Farmer. The event is free.
The event's title is intended to invite people into the "heart" of the community while revealing its exciting art scene.
Merchants at First & Main and Main Street will participate by hosting art installations as well as offering specials and/or refreshments at their establishments, Johns said.
"Come stroll between historic downtown Hudson and First & Main to experience and enjoy many boutique shops and restaurants hosting local artists presenting a variety of mediums, not to mention live music, food and drink," Farmer said.
Maps for the event and participating locations will be available at www.heartofhudson.com and in establishments on the art walk, Johns said.
"Each location will have balloons and maps," she said. "Come down, have dinner, shop a bit and enjoy the art."
A kickoff reception begins at 5 p.m. at the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Gallery, 10 W. Streetsboro St. in Hudson. Maps, food and drinks will be available.
The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation is the premier financial sponsor for the event, said Brenda Schneider, senior program officer of the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation.
The gallery exhibit will feature art work from Kent State University graduate students, Schneider said. There will be visual artists in the office space and harpist Hanna Brady from Western Reserve.
Other sponsors include the Burton D. Morgan Foundation; the Hudson Community Foundation and Leadership Hudson.
The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, 22 Aurora St., will be open and have signed Rockwell paintings on display that night, Johns said.
"We're dedicated to bringing together artists, the public and businesses for a greater understanding, appreciation and promotion of the arts in our community," Farmer said.
In addition, there will be two art classes available. The Hudson Society of Artists will host a watercolor sampler from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Old Church on the Green, 1 E. Main. St.
Participants will receive basic instruction to explore different techniques, Johns said. Materials will be provided as long as supplies last.
Hudson Society of Artists Barbara Faulkner, Gale Haller, Ann Kah, Lucy Karslake, Michelle Knapper, Evelyn Martindale, Rhonda Mitchell and Judy Pinckard will display their work at the Old Church and on the Green.
At 7 p.m. artist and performer Todd V will do a live performance and art painting on the First & Main Green.
The second art class begins at 7:30 p.m. in the studio of Shannon Casey, 70 W. Streetsboro St., Suite 105, where participants can work from a live model using charcoal and newsprint. It's free for all ages.
"Hudson doesn't have a lot of art studios and galleries yet there's a lot of talent in Hudson and the surrounding communities," Johns said. "People can see the talent and enjoy it for one night. It's a great partnership between artists, performers and merchants, who are offering specials that night."
Other artists include Karen Koch, an abstract artists who works in acrylic and watercolors; Alice Kiderman, a sculptor in marble and bronze; Marianne Hite employs various techniques such as fusing, enameling, sandblasting and laminating glass; Shannon Casey creates whimsical and figurative art and charcoal sketchings; photographer John Slater; Bob Pozarski works in contemporary and experimental stained glass; Cynde Hujarski creates jewelry from film negatives and metals; Don Getz creates watercolor sketches of landscapes in a travel journal; Lisa Demagall works with glass; Todd V is an artist and filmmaker; Diane Taninecz works with glass; Meagan Krapf is a chalk artist; Nadia Wearsch is a designer; Joan Colbert works in mixed media that emphasizes printmaking, collage and painting; and Sue Kido creates jewelry.
"There are twice the number of artist from last year," Johns said.
In addition there will be entertainers and performances during the evening. Singer/songwriter Ryan Humbert will perform pop/rock; Zach will bring hopeful and optimistic music; contact juggler Caty Petersilge will perform; Lisa & Heather Malyuk & Jeff Gill will play world music; Nikki and Pat Custy, members of Pitch the Peat, will perform on the celtic fiddle, accordion and sing traditional Irish music; and other musicians include violinist Yang Zeng; saxophonist Norman Tischler; and harpist Hanna Brady. In addition, Sienna Wearsch will perform ballet.
The Rotary Club of Hudson Clocktower developed the Leadership Hudson program in 2002 to focus on building leaders in the community. Each member attends classes to learn about government, business, leadership and community opportunities.
At the end of the year, each class develops a project to benefit the community. Past projects include Taste of Hudson (2003), the Veterans Memorial at Markillie Cemetery (2005-06); Hudson Farmers Market (2006-07); Screen on the Green (2010-11), HeART Walk (2011-12) and Race to the Taste (2012-13).
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