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Northeast Iowa Art Walk
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Enter a brand new event for fall, where Northeast Iowans and visitors to the area can explore Decorah’s downtown, peruse unique local art, and maintain safe social standards at the same time. The Northeast Iowa Art Walk will adorn some of Decorah’s downtown businesses and their storefront windows. This Art Walk is happening instead of the Northeast Iowa Artist’s Studio Tour. It is more about supporting the virtual, on-line studio tour that will happen this year by providing a place for artists to showcase their art in Decorah. It also gives us a chance to draw people downtown to see the art in a safe way.
Traditionally, the Northeast Iowa Artist’s Studio Tour encourages attendees to view art in studio spaces and artist’s homes. This year, Winneshiek County Development and Tourism (WCDT) is aiming to support that traditional event and regional artists in two ways. WCDT is working with Northeast Iowa RC&D to help all the participating artists by creating new videos and updating the Northeast Iowa Artist’s Studio Tour Website. WCDT Project Director Lora Friest has videotaped over two dozen artists. WCDT secured funding for Northeast Iowa RC&D to take the video footage and create videos that not only highlight each artist's work but also allow the artists to teach and provide tips for other artists. The RC&D is also updating the tour website. The second effort, the Art Walk, was developed by WCDT Director Fromm who engaged Decorah downtown businesses, matching them up with artists who wanted to display their art in downtown business storefronts, exposing the one-of-a-kind pieces to shoppers, visitors, and locals.