What started out as a 15-person, underground art show has become a block party.
In November 2012, a group of local artists started “One Night of Art” as a way to get up-and-coming artists an opportunity to showcase their work. Fifteen artists were part of the first one.
Three years later, more than 40 artists and musicians took part in the fifth reincarnation of “One Night of Art.” Bobby Marines, who helped start the first one, said in the last three years, more and more shows like “One Night of Art” have popped up, so instead of scheduling a sixth one, the organizers came up with something different, something bigger.
“Art Blitz” will take place from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Where as “One Night of Art” took place almost exclusively at the Creative Salon, 324 First Ave. S.W., “Art Blitz” will take place at the Creative Salon and at its neighbors on South Broadway, First Avenue and Third Street Southwest.
“I just knew that this one had to be bigger than the other ones,” Marines said. “That was a big goal for us. … I didn’t really want to go back to the ‘One Night of Art’ because it would have just blended into a lot of shows that were happening anyway, so I tried to think of the next thing, the next move.”
After the idea came to him, Marines reached out to neighboring businesses, many of which have always supported local artists.
“I realized there are enough cool people on this block to where we might be able to make a whole block event, so I thought why not?” Marines said.
Marines said businesses Canvas & Chardonnay, Sontes, Fluke Fine Art Studios, Press Coffee and Tea Lounge, Artistic Framers, The Doggery and others will be part of “Art Blitz.”
Marines worked with fellow artists and promoters Jeffrey Jurewicz, Cecilia Cordon, Cassandra Buck, Madi Culp and many others helped organize the event.
Organizers are expecting a record number of artists, including painters, sculptors, video artists, graffiti artists, photographers and more.
“We’ll have all types of mediums and all types of people,” Marines said.
There also will be more than 25 performers from poets to actors to bands. Marines said eight locations will have entertainment, ranging from blues to jazz to acoustic folk to rock and roll as well as stand-up comedians and spoken-word performers.
The event starts at 6 p.m., and organizers and volunteers will hand out maps and itineraries, so people can travel to each stop together.
“The plan is for it to be some type of art crawl where we have the maps that people can refer to and let that be a guiding point for their experience,” Marines said. “All and all, I don’t want it to be too structured. I just want all of the experiences on this block to draw in people like a moth to light. That’s why we are going to do, light up this block.
Marines admitted that organizing the “Art Blitz” has had its peaks and valleys, but with the event a couple days away, he feels confident that everyone will have a good time.
“I figure at the end of the day, you’re just planning a huge party, so what’s the worst thing that can happen?”