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Montana Ave. Hosts Outdoor Artwalk Tonight:

Artists and performers will pack Montana Avenue on Thursday evening as the ten-block strip between 7th and 17th streets is transformed into a sprawling outdoor art gallery hosted by the Montana Avenue Merchants Association.

The first of what is hoped will be an annual event, Montana Avenue Artwalk will run from 5-9 p.m. and will feature more than 50 visual artists and live musicians.

The Montana Avenue Merchants Association regularly sponsors similar events like the Holiday Walk and the Sidewalk Sale, but the Artwalk will have a different focus than those previous events.

“We realized we wanted to do something cultural, something that was not sales related,” said Mark Wain, Chairman of the Montana Ave Merchants Association. “We have a lot of designers on Montana so we wanted to focus on the artistic side of the spectrum.”

The featured artwork will cover a range of mediums from photography and jewelry to tapestries and fine art. An interactive component to the evening will allow visitors to watch art being produced and to create pieces of their own. Despite the focus on art and not sales, many of the items will be available for purchase as well.

Many of the shops and restaurants lining Montana will also offer dinner specials and discounted merchandise.

If the evening proves to be a success, Wain says he will to try to make the Artwalk an annual event.

“This is about community building,” Wain said. “ If once a year we can get artists and designers to bring their stuff and create a great fun environment, we’d love to have that.”

The following business are participating in the Artwalk:

17th Street Café: 10% off dine-in, 20% off all bakery take-out

Aura: Peter Fetterman Gallery – Prints, Refreshments & 60% off merchandise

Blue Plate: Glitter tattoo artist, for kids & adults. Champagne.

Cafe Montana: 10% off dining in, 20% off take-out

Citron: Refreshments

Darylle B: Barbara Stashower – Artist; Sylvia Chait, Sculptor, & KAy Chapman, Wearable Art.

Dermalogica: Snacks & refreshments, specials & discounts

Drkrm/gallery/west: Ryan Herz – Photography

Engels & Volker: Ana Gibert, George Deloache, Angel Burns, Astor Morgan. Appetizers & beverages

Every Picture Tells A Story: Alex Ross, Marvel ArtWorks: Signed, fine art prints from Marvel Comics

French Lessons: Sexy, French music, wine & sweets

Golden Wellness Rx Pharmacy: Music & tea

Hemisphere: Viva Hoffman – California paintings

Inner Gardens: Art/Jewelry

Jane Smith: Peggy Anderson – Handmade fanciful jewelry, LA Cat

Janie & Jack: Painting table & book reading

Jonathan Adler: Rex Ray – Paper collage and paint on birch plywood, Carter Kustera – Personalized Pop Portraits, C Jere- Metal sunbursts

Jurlique: Augustus Harper – Painting. Snacks & refreshments

Kiehl’s: Kathleen Keifer

Kovan Jewelers: Avak Shirinian, signed, one of a kind hand woven oriental silk rugs. Champagne & chocolates

Kreation Kafe: Gus Harper, Laila Salartash – Painting live at the Café

Language of Flowers: Paintings by Herb Kornfeld. Floral landscapes by Jude

Leona Edmiston: Laura Killian – Treated photographs, Ariana Hall 6:45-8pm

Lisa Norman: Stephanie Trachtenberg – Artist

Locanda Portofino: 15% off

Marcia Bloom: Collages and special one of a kind art skirts. Music

Margano: Margokay Designs (hand knit handbags)

Margaret OLeary: Marie Du Petit Thouars. Snacks

Mattias: Wine & cookies, 60% off merchandise

Michael Stars: Refreshments. Annual End of Season Sale

Mom’s the Word: Amy Weber. Live jazz band, 5-7pm. Wine & cupcakes. 25% off all merchandise

Montana Eyes: Kenny Harris – Fine artist, Judy Nimtz – Fine artist

Montana Mercantile: Painting & Sculpture by Anne Baxter, Amber Guerrera, Tom Tatum: Jewelry by Nora Nicosia. Guitarist, Eric Brinkley. Refreshments & 60% discounts off select merchandise.

Moondance Jewelry Gallery: Renee Garvey – Jewelry Designer. Offering food from Café Con Leche Catering

Only Hearts: Designs by Yas. Wine

Pilates Place: Jill Stein. Thomas Nicholas Band

Platino: Samantha Reilly – Abstract Artist. Live jazz band, 7-9. Serving Italian Prosecco & chocolate truffles

Ponte Vecchio: Marcie Forest Garden Rose Candles – Candlemaking

Pradeep’s Indian Cuisine: 20% discount

Purple Poppy: Elizabeth Saven- Illustrations of Owls

Quilted Monkey: Rita Ross – Creator of Pocket People

Roseark: Alison Van Pelt, Robbie Conal, Martin Wolf, Laura Ball, Matthew Heller

Rosti Tuscan Kitchen: Art of local children

Scribble Press: Create your own collages and turn them into placemats and notecards

Semi-Precious: Gisele Lubsen – Conceptual underwater prints. Serving sangria & munchies

Shabby Chic, Lisa Dirkes, Naomi Yamada, Angel Denny, Paige Bowen

Souliers: Ellen King – fine artist

Stefan’s on Montana: 2 artists

Step! Shoes: Refreshments

Subtle Luxury: Richard Chambers – Figurative, impressionism. Serving wine & cheese

Sun Precautions: Anne Oreck – Sculptor

The Blue Jeans Bar: Ron Klotchman

Three Bags Full: Niki Lambro – Impressionistic portraiture and abstract landscapes. Joe Gaeto jazz ensemble, 6:00 to 8:30 pm

To Wag For: Custom cartoon art pieces created from doggie photos. Snacks & refreshments

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