- Tony Middleton
- From the Irvington Photography Club's Flickr page
A previous engagement — and my ongoing inability to clone myself — kept me from Walk in the Park at Ellenberger Park (5301 E. St. Clair Street) on Saturday, August 21. The event, which just celebrated its eighth year, brought together more than 40 artists, musicians, Irvington community organizations, and, apparently, a lawn-eating turtle. I’ll definitely have to hoof it to the east side next year.
The event, sponsored by the Irvington Guild of Artists, welcomed a number of groups, including The Feast of Lanterns, the Irvington Photography Club, and Q-Artistry, who will be presenting the awesome-sounding “Cabaret Poe” in October. The photography club exhibits work at Lazy Daze Coffeehouse (10 Johnson Avenue), welcomes people of all skills, and meets the second Monday of each month at the Irvington Public Library (5625 E. Washington Street) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The next meeting will be September 13. The coffeehouse is currently displaying nature photography from three of its members.
Part of the guild’s mission is to assist artists in their development; the group’s blog includes a call for artists’ work. The next deadline, on August 27, is for the 64th Annual Irvington Halloween Festival Poster Design Contest. The blog is a good place for artists to get information about events taking place in the city. Past events include April’s panel discussion with gallery owners, a musical performance in May to kick off Ellenberger Park’s Free Summer Concert Series, and June’s Irvington Art Walk. Stick close to the blog for information about future events. Summer may be ending but the collaborative spirit that makes the arts thrive is not.