The city of Delaware will “March for Art” this First Friday.
More than 230 pieces of student artwork, from all grade levels at Delaware City Schools, will be on display inside more than 30 businesses throughout the historic downtown. The artwork will remain on display for more than a month.
Tricia Grapner, the owner of Canvas Creations for You, said she was honored to be a first-time sponsor of the event since the studio is located outside of downtown at 325 S. Sandusky St. No. 206.
“Doing things with the community is always a goal of mine,” Grapner said.
Grapner solely runs Canvas Creations. She started paint nights in September 2015 and opened her studio in August last year. Grapner continues to host paint nights, private events, fundraisers and a walk-in paint studio.
Canvas Creations will have a display at event organizer Main Street Delaware’s office, 20 E. Winter St., where participants can get a map to know which venues are displaying the art.
Button Up, 29 N. Sandusky St., used to sponsor the March event but Kathleen Miller retired at the end of January, said Main Street Delaware Executive Director Susie Bibler.
Bibler said it will be exciting for students to see their artwork on display.
“This event is a great way to promote the arts in Delaware,” she said in a statement. “The pride the students feel in having their artwork displayed in a local business is exciting. I hope everyone has a chance to come downtown on First Friday and throughout the month to see the creations of our community’s talented young artists.”
Some businesses will have sidewalk chalk available outside for young artists to decorate the downtown’s concrete canvas.
The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with many stores and restaurants staying open late for the event.
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