Main Street Newton will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of Newton's local artists and musicians from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (April 20, 2017), during the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce's "Art and Music in the Heart of Newton."
During the event, artists will be on hand to display their works and demonstrate their techniques.
Visitors will also be able to shop art pieces, purchase them and have them signed by the performing artists.
A variety of local musicianswill also perform during the event.
While in Newton's downtown, event visitors will be able to view art being made, experience musical performances and eat. They will also be able to do some shopping, as downtown Newton plans to provide an inviting and unique shopping experience as well.
During the event, Clayworks Gallery, at 417 N. Main St., will host artist Judy Brees and music on guitar by Vince Serrioz.
The Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, at 500 N. Main St., will showcase photography by Jeff Heidel and bluegrass music by Dave Schimming.
Rohr Jewelry, at 505 N. Main St, will host saxophone music by Bob Wolfersberger.
Midland National Bank, at 527 N. Main St., will have music on the hammered dulcimer by David Anderson and showcase acrylic landscape art by Virgil Penner.
Prairie Harvest at 601 N. Main St. will feature music by the Flannel Backs and chicken fajitas and Creation Station, at 605 N. Main St., will feature music by the Great Plains Dulcimer Alliance.
Faith and Life Book Store, at 606 N. Main St., will host Christian contemporary music by Outside the Walls.
Kitchen Corner, at 607 N. Main, will host musician Brad Shores on the steel drums.
The Et Cetera Shop, at 619 N. Main St., will host rug making and have music from the Bethel Jazz Combo.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery, at 128. E. Sixth St., will feature art by sculptor Bob Willis and food by Salted Creamery.
The Newton Kansan, at 121 W. Sixth St., is proud to present artist Kristen Rivera, as well as entertainment by acoustic guitarist/soloist Chris Carter.
Prive Skin Studio, at 104. E. Broadway, will have face art/makeup available and will display photography by Tera Scott.
701 Cafe, at 701 N. Main, will have music from Spotify Live and will serve burgers during the event.
Newton Now, at 706 N. Main St., will feature the alternative rock group Danger No Diving.
Eau Lily Boutique, at 712 N. Main St., will host fiber and fabric artist Denise Renee.
Newton Public Library, at 720 N. Oak St., will feature photography by Mary Ann Drum and ukulele music by Newton Ukulele Tunes Society (NUTS).
"Art and Music in the Heart of Newton is a great community event, showcased in our great downtown, said Executive Director of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Pam Stevens. "It is a wonderful family event (and) there is no cost to come downtown and listen to some of our great local artists and view some spectacular artwork by local artists."
Stevens said weather for the event is likely to be perfect, so the chamber is expecting a large turnout.
"We feel this is a great way to kick off spring here in Newton," Stevens said. "There are 17 different businesses participating in this event, so we would like to invite the whole community to come out and enjoy an evening in downtown Newton."