Art Walk

Journalism 160

October 8, 2003

Draft #2

Word count- 329

Historic Oyster Bay, New York, best known for being the home of Theodore Roosevelt, came together this weekend at its Second Annual Art Walk, hosted by the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce. Visitors filled the streets of the quaint Long Island town, experiencing the sights of the visual art displayed in small tents up and down the sidewalks.

On Main Street watercolors and prints were framed and displayed under a white tent. Kimberly Stiso, 20, a student at nearby C.W. Post University, was astonished by the art created by people in town. She focused on the watercolors painted of Oyster Bay’s private beach. “I’m just really surprised,” she said. “I can’t believe how amazing this work is and that I know the people who produced it.”

The Art Walk offered adults and children the opportunity to experience different forms of art. From watercolor to sculptures, every tent was filled with different creations. Daniel Hansen, 5, a resident of Huntington, stood at the children’s craft table taking his creation very seriously. “I like the sand art,” he said, pouring bright orange sand through a funnel and into a basketball shaped jar. Daniel stood among a dozen other children in the area designed for kids to express themselves, going along with the spirit of the day.

“The Art Walk is a great way for people in the town to come together,” said Lori McLaughlin, 24, a cashier at Pleasant Valley Antiques on South Street. “The store was busy all day with people from the town who never knew this store existed before passing it on the Art Walk. People are becoming more familiar with the town they live in.”

Beth Williams, a local artist, was surprised by the turnout. “I’m really glad to see everybody coming together for this event and taking an interest in their community’s talents,” she said. “This year’s Art Walk is a huge success”. This small north shore town may soon be known for its talent and appreciation for art.