Downtown Euclid’s inaugural Art Walk
If you happened down Lakeshore Boulevard the evening of Friday, September 23rd you would have been greeted by a couple of hundred people strolling the sidewalks, painting on canvases and enjoying live music and other performances.
Downtown Euclid’s inaugural Art Walk brought prosperity to local restaurants while shining a light on the talents of the City’s residents by showcasing the winning entries from the ‘This Is Euclid’ photography contest as enlarged window clings. Displayed in vacant storefronts, the images serve to beautify available properties and will remain inside the storefronts until future development occurs and a new tenant moves in.
In her welcome remarks, Mayor Holzheimer Gail acknowledged resident Dolly Luskin as the originator of an idea to bring window art to downtown. She thanked participants in the City-sponsored Art Walk – from Planning and Development Department staff, Councilwoman Mancuso and other volunteer committee members to local artists, businesses and property owners - who worked together to make the event a success.
Councilwoman Mancuso remarked that the collaboration between the City, residents and business owners brought out the community: “the sidewalks were filled with people in a way we have not seen before in Downtown Euclid”.
Twenty-two people were recognized for their winning photographs: Jennifer Banasik, Randy Blackford, Meghan Gabrovesk, Patrick Henry, Mari Hiti, Beatrice Kaufmann, Trisha Kirchner, Valerie Koch, Deborah Kramarz, Georgia Larive, Dave Lawrence, Michael Lawrence, John Lennon, Christine McIntosh, Rachel McKelvey, Gerald Mills, Peg Osborne, Aaron Parker, Richie Trivisanno, Christine Ward, Charlene Weber, and Eric Wernet.
250 additional printed photographs were displayed among a dozen performers and artist vendors. All submitted photographs – over 750 – were digitally exhibited at various restaurants and will continue to be shown on the City’s website and ECTV.
You can own a piece of the inaugural Art Walk and by doing so provide a donation for future window cling expansion. Order your ‘This Is Euclid’ 2016 DVD featuring all contest photographs for just $10. Order forms are available on the City’s website and at the main desk of City Hall.
Continue to send your photographs of Euclid to firstname.lastname@example.org and hashtag #thisiseuclid on social media.
Allison Lukacsy is the Community Projects Manager at the City of Euclid. You can reach her at (216) 289-8160 or by email at email@example.com