A sampling of the artwork on display from the first Art Walk. Courtesy Taylor Reed Rydell

The third annual Art Walk, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. and free of charge, is designed to showcase local artists and give the community a chance to see their work. Last year more than 300 attendees viewed the show.

“It is just amazing how many artists live on the Key Peninsula,” said Gail Kelly of Two Waters Arts Alliance. “We have incredible talent, from internationally recognized artists to those who are experimenting for the first time.”

At least 25 artists are expected to show their work in venues at Key Center, including Blend, Sunnycrest, the Crandall Center at The Mustard Seed Project and Close to Home Espresso. A juried show will be on exhibit at the Key Center Library. Local musicians will perform at two of the venues.

Some of the work will be for sale, though, according to Kelly, “this is not about sales. This is about our community seeing and appreciating the artist who live and work among us.” Kelly, who is in charge of publicity for the walk, said this was the brainchild two years ago of the group that meets monthly at Blend Wine Shop. The sense of community and appreciation the art walks engendered was so great that it has become an annual event. “Each year is a bit different,” she said. “We learn something and adjust as we go.”

Gnosh Food Truck will be there this year. Taylor Shellfish will also provide tastings of local oysters. No-host wine and beer, along with light snacks, will be available at Blend and Sunnycrest.

Exhibitors are asked to pay a $10 fee to support TWAA and its art-in-schools programs. Artists who wish to participate can email info@twowaters.org or Margo Macdonald at margomac53@comcast.net.

Two Waters Arts Alliance, Bruce Titus and the Key Peninsula Business Association sponsor the event.

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