Evan has been involved in the Art Crawl for the past 20 years. “It’s been terrific for me as an artist and a person,” she said. She especially likes the new format. “Now artists can go and see the works of other artists, and there is so much for the community,” she said. According to her, children especially benefit, not only from seeing the art but from seeing and talking with the artists.
“The Art Crawl began because there were so few opportunities for artists to show work in the 1980s,” said Evans, who is a painter, photographer and sculptor. “We decided we could represent ourselves and turn our studios into galleries. Our intention has always been to encourage new artwork, but public recognition that artwork has value is essential to an artist’s self worth.
“There are young artists coming up today who envision making a living making art,” Evans said. “That wasn’t a possibility for those who came along in the ’70s and ’80s. We believe the Art Crawl played a part in changing that perception.
“By being exposed to a wide variety of art, people attending the Art Crawl learned what they appreciated. They learned they could have art in their home that had deep personal meaning made by a local artist they got to know.”