The Hays Arts Council Spring Art Walk will feature Picasso’s work. Pablo Picasso may have died in 1973, but Picasso the Hissing Cockroach of Madagascar lives and paints to this day.
“He was an amazing painter, but sometimes he just wasn’t inspired, so he ate his paint and things got better,” said an April 26 Facebook post by the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. “To be an insect, he’s kind of adorable.”
Street art has something for everyone, whether you prefer art painting with insects, the written word, performing arts or drum circles.
“This is like the most beautiful art buffet,” said Brenda Meder, executive director of the Hays Arts Council. “There are two dozen locations or sites that participate in the art walk. In those two dozen sites there are three dozen features.”
The Spring Art Walk kicked off Friday night at the Downtown Pavilion with a performance from the Fort Hays State University Jazz Band. Meder said this would be the band’s first public appearance since November 2019.
The art walk will take place on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Meder said the art walk would normally last three hours on a Friday night but was moved back to give people more time to walk. He said the extra time was due to the pandemic. Giving people more time to enjoy art will ensure the event isn’t as crowded as it should be.
Meder says food will not be offered like in the past, but there are plenty of local restaurants nearby.
“There’s a lot you can visit,” he said. “This is a great opportunity for the arts to contribute to their economic gains on Saturday.”
Most of the exhibits stretch from 13th and Main to 7th and Main and are only a block from the main street. Only the Moss Thorns Art and Design Gallery at the FHSU Center for Art and Design would be far from the main stretch.
Meder said a full list of locations and exhibits can be found on the Hays Art Council website. He said customers need not bring anything and tickets will not be sold.
The 52nd annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition will also make its debut on the street of art. This exhibition is an “anchor” of the road and features art from across the state. The showcase runs until June 9.
“It’s a great day to walk the Hays,” Meder said. “You go and enjoy it.”