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Friday's art walk will pay tribute to late Hays artists





Hays Arts Council will present the 30th annual Fall Art Walk on Friday and Saturday.

The community event is dedicated to the memory of Hazel B. Dick and John C. Thorns Jr.

There is a tribute in HAC's gift gallery noting the two individuals' contributions to the city's cultural community. Works from both artists will be on display.

Dick also was a docent for the council, said Brenda Meder, executive director of HAC. Dick's family designated the HAC for memorial contributions after she died.

"She just had such a creative, joyful spirit that went forever," Meder said. "She was a good friend of our organization, always came to everything we did."

Thorns was "integral" to the council's early development years, Meder said. He served as its president and played a significant role in the area's arts scene.

"It all came through his artistic and creative spirit and passionate advocacy," she said.

Recognizing the two reflects the council's appreciation for everyone involved in helping the group succeed, Meder said.

The main exhibit, which is housed in the HAC at 112 E. 11th, is titled "There's No Place Like Home." The gallery of layered multimedia is a collection of artists' interpretations of the concept of home.

Other stops on the art circuit include the stained-glass windows at Thomas More Prep-Marian's Chapel, digital paintings and ceramics at Northglen Antiques, and photography at White Chocolate.

DIRT, a red-dirt country band, will perform at Gella's Diner & Lb. Brewing Co.

Meder encouraged newcomers to attend the program.

"To really experience a very important, celebrated and treasured aspect of our community, which is the arts and culture of our community, the art walk is one of the best ways to do it because you will see a diverse cross-section of our community gathered," she said.

"You will be among friends. You will be among peers because there are no boundaries or parameters to the people that enjoy and participate in the Hays Arts Council's art walks."