The heart of East Aurora will come to life Friday with an evening of art - courtesy of a village-based Art Walk that some might liken to a miniature Allentown Art Festival.
The event showcases 14 village galleries, antique shops and bistros along a one-mile strip, offering a diverse display of jewelry, pottery and paintings.
The Art Walk runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and also involves buildings on the Roycroft campus, as well as retail shops and galleries sprinkled throughout the village.
Many places featured are on Main Street, while others are on Elm Street, Douglas Lane and Pine Street. The East Aurora Arts Society will have a display in the Roycroft chapel on South Grove Street, and the Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery and Power House, as well as Norberg’s & Roycroft Art & Antiques on South Grove Street, also are featured.
Typically presented in the spring and fall, the art walk has become a hit in the village. An art walk used to be offered several years ago and over time, but went dormant until it was resurrected about three years ago.
Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery Manager Kate Pendleton along with Grace Meibohm, owner of Meibohm Fine Arts, and Alix Martin, owner of redFISH Art Studios, brought back the event. The trio of women spearheads its coordination.
“What I love about it is that it collaborates so many people in East Aurora, which is such a strong arts community,” Pendleton said. “It shows the different opportunities people have to come to East Aurora and see all kinds of art work and pieces.”
“It’s a community project, where we’re all doing it together,” Pendleton said.
Jim Cordes, a newly juried Roycrofters-At-Large Association artisan, will have work on display at the Roycroft Power House, 39 S. Grove St. He also will be available to meet with visitors. His work focuses on Arts and Crafts inspired furniture and home accent pieces.
The Roycroft campus also will host an acoustic harmonica concert with internationally-known teacher and blues harmonica historian Joe Filisko. He will perform a two-hour blues harmonica performance at the Power House from 7 to 9 p.m.
Free trolley service is available for the evening.
For more information about the Art Walk and to obtain a map of participating businesses, check out www.roycroftcampuscorporation.com or call the Copper Shop Gallery at 655-0261.
Also this week:
East Aurora already is ramping up for the Junior League of Buffalo’s Decorators’ 2013 Showhouse, featuring the former Knox mansion at Knox Farm State Park. The Showhouse is set for a three-week run, starting April 27. Plans are in the works for village-based historic sites to open early for tours during the event.
A spring walking tour is planned during the Showhouse event that will feature the Millard Fillmore Museum, the Elbert Hubbard-Roycroft Museum, the Tiffany windows at Baker Memorial Church, which is on the national register of historic places, and the Aurora Players’ Roycroft pavilion, one of the oldest community theaters in the nation.
Advance reservations for the historic tours are required. Tours cost $15 per person. Reservations can be made by calling 652-4735 or via e-mail at email@example.com or visiting www.aurorahistoricalsociety.com. The walking tour will be offered at 2 p.m. daily, Tuesday through Sunday, from April 27 through May 19.
• The Aurora Town Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Ave.
• The East Aurora School Board plans to adopt its 2013-14 budget proposal when it meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the library of the Middle School, 430 Main St.