Second Friday Art Walk set to resume April 13

Following its usual winter hiatus, the Cave Junction Second Friday Art Walk will spring back to life on April 13.

Fifteen businesses will participate in the event, including new additions Darn Near Everything and Illinois Valley Senior Thrift Store. Longtime Art Walk organizer Becky Pearson said that she is pleased to have them in the festivities.

Also participating is Changes Art Gallery, although at a new location.

Changes owner Kay Ekwall participated in prior walks, though the gallery’s old Lister Street location limited foot traffic.

“It is just off the beaten path,” Ekwall said.

But now, Ekwall said, Changes will have a “grand new reopening” April 13 to celebrate its new location at 144 S. Redwood Hwy., former site of Time Capsule. It now is sharing space with Sassy’s Imports two doors north.

Ekwall decided to make the switch a few weeks ago when she found that the prior occupant was moving out. She has been installing new carpet and painting in preparation for Art Walk.

“This is the perfect spot for me,” Ekwall said. “I’m looking forward to it, and I’m real excited.”

Ekwall said that she plans to teach classes at Changes once she’s settled. She’s also looking for new artists and craftspeople to display their wares.

“We need to have some new stuff in there,” she said.

Pizza Pit will feature works by seventh-grade Lorna Byrne Middle School students and music by Daniel Sheff. Taylor’s Country Store will feature pottery and music by David Angus; Rising Suns will have iron art; and Sassy’s Imports & Time Capsule will have fire dancing at dusk.

Nacho Mama’s Cantina will feature Wally Aiken playing his saxophone with special guest Charlie Greenwood. Bagel Junction will host watercolor art by Deborah Dawson and music by the Illinois Valley String Band from 6 to 8 p.m. The Upstairs Art Gallery will have free wine tasting, courtesy of Foris Vineyards

The Art Walk will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. and all works will be displayed through April. For more information, visit www.illinois-river-valley-arts-council.com.