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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Music for ArtWalk

After the success of last month’s Downtown ArtWalk, which was part of FestivALL, the Charleston Area Alliance will continue offering street music for the event.

The July ArtWalk is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. July 17.

“Street musicians added to the ArtWalk’s relaxing ambiance,” said Susie Salisbury, vice president of community development for the Charleston Area Alliance. “They were so well-received, we decided to offer acoustic music again. We hope it can strengthen the ArtWalk tradition.”

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation provided grant support for the musicians.

Benji Taylor of Huntington will be one of the performers. He recently finished his first solo album, “These Things Between Us.” His expressive, poignant music is reminiscent of Howie Day, Damien Rice and Dave Matthews.

Jared Wittekind and John Dye, a pair of University of Charleston students, also will be performing acoustic sets. A Marietta, Ohio, native, Wittekind began playing with Dye, an Elkview native, this year. The duo has been creating and recording original songs, as well as performing rock covers.

“Having singer-songwriters play during ArtWalk is something different,” Salisbury said. “It will be a unique flavor for the event. The acoustic music mixes well with the atmosphere.”

The event showcases Downtown Charleston’s thriving art scene. Participating locations include Art Emporium, The Purple Moon, Gallery Eleven, The Clay Center, Chet Lowther Studio, Good New Mountaineer Garage Gallery, Stray Dog Antiques, Callen McJunkin Gallery – The Loft @ 219 and the Taylor Books Annex Gallery.

The Clay Center’s “Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection” is free and open to the public during ArtWalk. The exhibit runs from July 17 to Sept. 14.


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