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Delafield Spring Art Walk
Need something to do this weekend? Head west for a charming art experience.

The Art Walk. Images courtesy of the Delafield Chamber of Commerce. 

The annual Spring Art Walk in Delafield will bloom this Friday, May 17th from 5-9 p.m., transforming downtown sidewalks along Genesee Street. Along with 26 artists and vendors, more than 25 of the local shops will be open late. And better yet, it's a free event. 

The charming downtown will morph in to a festive block party with live music and free carriage rides while guests can shop for original artwork like, jewelry, metal and stained glass, pen and ink, acrylic, watercolor, mixed media, photography, plants, gourmet olive oils, confections and jams.

There will also home goods, women’s clothing, jewelry and handbags. And no festival is complete without live music and food trucks. Flying Cow Pizza will be on hand and local musicians will be performing at a handful of local establishments.

The event is presented by the Delafield Area Chamber of Commerce and The Downtown Business Group, which started a Gallery Night more than 10 years ago but rebranded it in 2007 to the Art Walk. “The eclectic mix of visiting artists really creates interest in the display of art found around the downtown business district,” says Delafield Chamber Director Deb Smith.

Event Chairs, Sue Russell and Tracy Rogers, owners of Splendor gift shop have supported the event every year and are chairing it this time around. “We have always participated because it’s such a fun, festive atmosphere. People might not shop that night, but they learn about us and return to shop.”

Like many outdoor events in Milwaukee, attendance is at the mercy of the unpredictable Wisconsin weather, but Tracy estimates that they see about 1,000 guests from lake country and Milwaukee on Friday night.

And don't miss my favorite Delafield spot, Monograham, a paperie and gift boutique, and permanent fixture on Genesee Street.  Make a reservation at Zin to dine and take in all the action if you want a more relaxing experience.

For more information on the Spring Art Walk see the Chamber’s website or call 262-646-8100.

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