By Marissa GOULD
Watercolor paintings, oil paintings, photography, woodworking and more were showcased on Saturday in Montrose. Local artists set up shop in the 2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Avenue for the second of four Montrose Art Walks of this year. The artists were on-site, working on new pieces, selling completed ones and giving shoppers a look into their creative process. Fretwork craftsman Jim McGuire brought his scroll saw to Honolulu and made his original pieces in front of an audience.
The local artists said they like Art Walks because of the atmosphere and the people of the Montrose area. Watercolorist Mary Jane Klune has lived in Montrose for 20 years and said she loves the “friendly community” that is Montrose. The community is what entices Klune to sell her paintings year after year at the Art Walk.
Photographer Mark Hanson said he enjoyed his second year at the Art Walk. Hanson’s photography consisted of landscapes and views that were taken only five miles away from Montrose. He said that the Art Walks provide an opportunity to any artist who is interested in selling their pieces.
Shoppers also had much to enjoy at The Art Walk. Gabrielle Maestas, a local teenager, happened upon the Art Walk and took her time walking around, looking over the artwork. She said she admired the hard work that was put into all the pieces, especially the paintings.
For those who have missed the first two events, there are two more Art Walks this year. One will be held on Sept. 21 and the last on Nov. 16. The Montrose Art Walks are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. along Honolulu Avenue.