The first Friday night of every month, Main Street in Newberg transforms itself from quiet little thoroughfare into the place-to-be as the businesses open into the evening with art, music, wine and food to celebrate the vitality of the local culture.  ARTwalk, which started in 2002, draws folks from near and far to hobnob with artists and vintners, neighbors and new friends.

Sure, you’d expect Newberg Gallery to participate with a showcase of a local artist and a silent auction for a local charity.  But stroll into the Coldwell Banker next and find a fiber artist showing her wares and Dobbes Family Estate pouring.  Or down the street, the Coffee Cat Coffeehouse is showing employee art and Greg Hottmann Insurance is hosting The Sweetest Thing Cupcake shop.  It’s the small town factor of the downtown businesses that gets the entire community involved and reminds us how interconnected we are, even if you are from out of town.

ARTwalk is quite a lively party in the warm summer months, as visitors spill out into the sidewalks of the more than 20 participating shops and businesses.  In the winter months, when Oregon skies might bless the event with a little rain, the atmosphere is a cozy get together of you and all your friends.   Sometimes the whole night focuses on a special theme, like Cinqo de Mayo or Hawaii in April.  This month, the newly opened Chehalem Cultural Center invites guests to make their own “pop” art with exploding colors on canvas.  My imagination is running wild… I think I need this art, but also whatever contraption they have built.

ARTwalk happens on the First Friday of nearly every month from 5-9pm.

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