Arts & Culture

Fall Arts Walk expected to be bigger than ever

When Mimi Williams creates a piece of art, she also tells a story.

Williams designed the cover for this fall's 35th Arts Walk map, called "Butternut Squash Mambo."

Williams tells her stories through linoleum cut block printing. When she started printing, she would make images that had a theme or a general appeal.

"One year, I had sea life, for example," she said. "Then, I started taking stories from my own life or that people had told me and creating narrative pieces."

Erin Conine, program specialist with Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation, which sponsors Arts Walk, said, "I have to say that I think (Butternut Squash Mambo) makes an outstanding poster. To me, it speaks to me of the fall event - it fits perfectly with fall."

Conine said Williams pieces are just one of the myriad types of art that will be featured at Arts Walk. In fact, this will be the biggest fall Arts Walk to date.

"This year, we have a record number of participating places for the fall event - there are 102 stops on map," she said. "Arts Walk is always a wonderful community celebration because it brings together so many different people into one place for a very good time."

She said the Arts Walk map - which will be available next week - has a legend which notes which exhibits are up for the event only and which will be up for a week or a month for those who want to see as much as possible.

"I'd like to encourage people, if they are not aware, to look in the map," she said.

"People can come back at a later time to see things they may miss that evening."

Conine said people also can help celebrate the Arts Walk anniversary by taking home a collection of Arts Walk cover images in a postcard folio. She predicted the $10 folios will go fast, and encouraged people to go to the hands-on activity area on Washington Street early to find them.