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Arts Cooperative and Chamber Partner for Downtown Festival

Businesses lining Marysville’s main street will open their doors to host local artists on Friday, June 18.  From 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. the Marshall County Arts Cooperative and Marysville’s Chamber of Commerce will sponsor “After Hours With The Arts.”  The event teams the business community with the arts community to attract people to historic downtown Marysville.

This is the second time the groups sponsored the event; the first was held last July.  Originally, the idea for “After Hours With The Arts” started when several artists and business leaders were discussing the “First Friday” concept found in larger cities.  In cities such as Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Denver there are “art walks” where many of the art galleries have gallery openings and open their doors to anyone who wishes to see works in progress.  Some had attended a “First Friday” and decided to implement the idea in Marysville.

“Our first collaboration was successful so we decided to do it again,” said Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director.  “Last year several hundred people attended the event, and people have talked about the event since.  It was an easy decision to make to do it again.”

The Chamber of Commerce’s retail committee discussed the idea and supported sponsoring the second annual event.  “We noticed that the arts organizations have a strong following,” said Sandy Schmitz, chairperson of the retail committee.  “In order to add to the economic vitality of our local businesses, we decided to partner with the arts cooperative to once again sponsor the event.”

While people are shopping in downtown Marysville, they get the added bonus of watching artists create.  Plus, they will have the opportunity to buy pieces of art created by local artists.  Simply, the event attracts shoppers to downtown businesses as well as showcases the talents of local artists.  In essence, businesses and artists work together to develop a strong and vital downtown while increasing the community’s exposure to the arts.

“It’s a win-win collaboration,” Schmitz said.

Eight artists are participating in the event, plus there will be a special photography exhibit at the Marysville Advocate.  Some of the artists will demonstrate their painting techniques and others will have their paintings on display.  While shoppers move from business to business, they will have the opportunity to watch artists paint as well as enter into discussions with the artists about their works.

Jean Newlin, Judy Scott, Deborah Hanes-Nelson, Tom Parker, Carl Brothers, Dennis and Jerry Doak, and Teri Cohorst are the artists who will display their art.

In addition to the visual artists, musicians will be on hand to add to the evening’s artistic mix.  Tobias Wood will stroll throughout the downtown area playing his guitar.  Others are invited to bring their instruments and play with him.

The evening will culminate with a special performance by the Marshall County Community Band.  Starting at 7:00 p.m. the band will perform in front of the Koester House Museum located at the corner of 10th Street and Broadway.  The concert is titled “Let’s Dance.”

“After everyone has shopped and watched the artists and listened to the strolling musicians, they can come to the Koester House for a great concert,” said Schmitz.  “I think this will be the perfect ending to a perfect night!”

The following businesses are participating in the event:  4 Carats, Ar-Ex Drug Store, Garden of Eden, IdntiTeez, Koester House Museum, Marysville Advocate, Ott Electric, Pony Espresso and Deli, Potter’s Jewelry and Trends, The Porch Swing, Reflections Hallmark.

For more information, contact Kruse (785-562-5629) or Schmitz (785-562-5298).

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.