Summer strollin’ on Broadway

GREENVILLE —While temperatures were still a little warm, those who ventured out for last Friday’s Artisan Stroll along Broadway, sponsored by Mainstreet Greenville, had a chance to have a bite to eat, laugh with neighbors, family and friends, while making new more along the route and learning a thing (or two) about arts, crafts, and music.

Vendors were set up along the sidewalks in front of downtown businesses to showcase their items including paintings, ceramics, jewelry, drawings, re-purposed home decor, and photography. Many local Darke County artisans, crafters, and musicians demonstrated their talents throughout the three-hour event, taking time to greet customers, answer questions, and invite the public to learn more about their businesses, galleries and collections.

The event also highlighted its annual art contest, open to artisans in the categories of sculpture, painting, drawing, crafting, graphic design, ceramics, and miscellaneous arts. The contest’s 2021 theme was “Celebration.” Artists were encouraged to submit pieces which celebrate the variety of hues, intense saturations, and unique light quality that the summer season brings.

First place winners of the Artisan Stroll competitions were: Dayle Lewis (Sculpture); Jennifer Oberholser (Painting); Kay Cress (Drawing); Karen Taylor (Crafts) and Kat McNew (Crafts); Mikhail Gulley (Graphic Design); Stephanie Schielpz Lowder (Ceramics); and Barb Harshbarger (Miscellaneous). Sculptor Dayle Lewis also won “Best in Show,” for his chainsaw buffalo sculpture.

Mainstreet Greenville’s Annual Artisan Stroll was sponsored by the Jordan Agency in Greenville.

For more information about Mainstreet Greenville’s upcoming events, visit Mainstreet Greenville at 421 S. Broadway, or call 937-548-4998.