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  • Ken Karlic described his watercolor works as “sophisticated chaos … interested in expressing how something feels rather than how it looks.”
    Ken Karlic described his watercolor works as “sophisticated chaos … interested in expressing how something feels rather than how it looks.”
  • Art Walk participant Kathy Daywalt recently demonstrated her techniques at Family Art Day at Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland.
    Art Walk participant Kathy Daywalt recently demonstrated her techniques at Family Art Day at Black Rock Center for the Arts in Germantown, Maryland.
  • Kathy Daywalt’s “Patchwork Haven” shows off her watermedia skills.
    Kathy Daywalt’s “Patchwork Haven” shows off her watermedia skills.

Whet Your Visual Appetite At The 27th Annual Annapolis Art Walk

Monica Resa
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August 10, 2017

What better way to take in a summer evening in historic downtown Annapolis than by partaking in the artistic, musical and sensory smorgasbord that is Annapolis Art Walk. For one evening each year, 20 art galleries in the heart of town keep extended hours for children and adults to browse the works of local talent.

Interested in mixed media with a side of contemporary? How about a serving of traditional classic painting with a helping of sculpture. For dessert, why not sample woodturning, pottery and fused glass? As if the menu offerings aren’t enough, imagine studying the lines and angles of a plein air painting and asking questions of a jewelry-maker.

Thursday, August 17, between 5:00pm and 9:00pm, affords this wonderful opportunity free of charge. Visitors can expect to stroll through the streets, with sailboats in the background, meandering in and out of galleries while live music wafts through the air and people turn away from their screens and up toward canvasses.

This year, two new artist demonstrators have been secured – Kathy Daywalt and Ken Karlic. Daywalt, who has shown extensively on the East Coast, will do watercolor on Yupo, polypropylene plastic originally used for permanent outdoor signs.

“I enjoy the give and take that watermedia provides … sometimes I tell it what to do. But sometimes it tells me,” shared Daywalt.

Karlic described his watercolor works as “sophisticated chaos … interested in expressing how something feels rather than how it looks.” Karlic’s gritty work is not your grandmother’s style.

“His work has energy and color with the draftsmanship of an architect,” explained Cynthia McBride, owner of McBride Galleries, where Karlic will have brush in motion for Art Walk. “He’s an entertaining speaker and will take all questions, painting as he talks,” McBride added.

While demonstrations and discussions carry on, all art at the 20 participating galleries will be for sale and available for shipping or local delivery. This may provide the perfect opportunity to support the local art scene and small businesses by purchasing a handmade textile or oil painting for a special someone. Gallery owners and employees will also be on hand to answer questions about differences in art mediums from oil, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, photographs, woodblocks, etchings and more. Galleries are experienced in hanging art in creative groupings and can advise and assist homeowners as requested. They can also offer suggestions on appraisals, framing and more.

The Annapolis Gallery Association, which sponsors this event, has made it easy for people to enjoy this night out. Art Walk maps can be printed out beforehand at www.artwalkannapolis.com. The website also provides a menu of what to expect in photos from years past. Getting to and from the event isn’t a hassle as the four downtown parking garages offer a cheap place to park. Bladen Street garage is free after 6:00pm. If the thought of walking is a deterrent, the Blue Annapolis Circulator Trolley will be available for $1. It’s also the way to go if there’s a downpour, because this popular event takes place rain or shine. Participating galleries will be marked with yellow banners to help guide those who may be newbies to the local art scene.

So, before school starts and routine sets in, grab the family and head to historic downtown for an evening guaranteed to delight the senses.


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