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8/21/2014

Ready to paint the town? Downtown Hays will be the place to do it Friday evening.

Ready to paint the town? Downtown Hays will be the place to do it Friday evening.

That is when the 30th edition of the Hays Arts Council's Fall Art Walk will take place. No fewer than 25 venues will have the works of local artists on display, many with food, drink and live entertainment.

These increasingly popular events are cultural and social extravaganzas. As HAC Executive Director Brenda Meder said: "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."

The fact art walks have taken place for 30 years, filling the streets and stores within the Chestnut Street District and beyond, testifies to the dedicated staff and volunteers of the state's oldest arts council.

This art walk will honor the passing of two of Hays' more prominent artists: John C. Thorns Jr. and Hazel B. Dick. Both creative geniuses will have their work on display at the Hays Arts Center.

Thorns was a former president of the organization during its formative years.

"It all came through his artistic and creative spirit and passionate advocacy," Meder said of Thorns.

HAC's leader was equally praising of Dick, who served as a docent for the council.

"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."

With so many different venues, and such a wide variety of art to explore, most attendees find it difficult to see everything. But don't let that stop you from trying. And just in case you've got energy the following day, eight of the art stops will reopen mid-morning Saturday to allow more viewing time.

We encourage anyone with a passion for the arts to take part in the Fall Art Walk. Regular and first-time participants will walk away with spirits uplifted; they can't help themselves. Young and old alike will find something to their liking.

We applaud the Hays Arts Council, the artists and all the businesses taking part in the fun. This is downtown Hays at its best. For a list of venues, visit HDNews.net.

Editorial by Patrick Lowry

plowry@dailynews.net

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