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Downtown Art & Wine Walk announced
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Half-tones by Hugo Gonzalez, graphic art designer at the Great Bend Tribune, will be exhibited in the first Art & Wine Walk, May 1 in downtown Great Bend. Several other artists works will be featured at a total of 16 different businesses. This piece is titled, "Your Freedom." - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

Sixteen businesses will take part in Great Bend’s downtown Arts & Wine Walk, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 1.
No tickets are needed for this event. Each business will feature the works of an area artist. Shoppers are invited to visit each business, view the art, and try the free wine and food samples, said Christina Hayes, community coordinator for the City of Great Bend.
“There will be some items in the stores that are on the silent auction of the event,” Hayes said. The auctions close at 7 p.m.

All proceeds from the silent auction will go toward the Tot Spot project of the Great Bend Rotary Club and Barton County Young Professionals.

Participating stores and featured artists are:
• Bass X Auto Sound, 1919 Main – Hugo Gonzalez (halftones) and Brian Hutchinson (drawings, prints and sculptures)
• Petrs Frame House, 2009 16th St. – Robert Joy (drawings and paintings) and Bev Simsonson (oil & pastel paintings)
• Beautiful Beginnings, 1523 Main – Christina Lamoureaux (paintings, vessel cups and portrait drawing)
• Kustom Floor Designs, 1515 Main – Delores Baker (ceramics)
• Rana Luna Boutique, 1910 Broadway Ave. – Joyce Barker (oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings)
• JC Penney, 1500 Kansas Ave. – Kristen Meier (paintings and jewelry)
• Yours Truly Gifts & Events, 1419 Main – Nancy Rogers (oil paintings) and Evann Stueder (pottery)
• Renue Salon & Spa, 1419 Main – Miguel Rodriguez (abstract art)
• Cornerstone Interiors, 1405 Main – Doloris Pederson (oil paintings)
• Forest Avenue Antiques, 2025 Forest Ave. – Alice Young (collage/mixed media)
• Completely Kids/The Gallery, 2021 Forest Ave. – Loretta Miller (sculptures and painting)
• Great Bend Coffee Co., 2015 Lakin Ave. – The Brick Alley - Andrea Bauer (canvas paintings)
• Miss Pretty Pickles, 1301 Main – Char Brown (oil, batik and weaving)
• Defy Expectations Clothing Co., 1915 Lakin Ave. – Heath Duntz (sculptures)
• Great Bend Community Theatre (Crest Theater), 1905 Lakin Ave. – Bob Mix (metal art on wheels), Paul Martin (paintings) Virginia Bitter (ceramics) and Dan Branham (wildlife oil paintings)
• Rosewood Wine Cellar, 1901 Lakin Ave. – Jeremy Cale (nature art)

The Rotary Club will host a separate Tot Spot fundraiser, “BBQ & Bears, Wine & Wildbeasts,” from 6-9 that evening inside the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo (see related story).
The Rotary 5670 District Conference will be going on May 1-3 in Great Bend. Dr. Roger Marshall, Great Bend, is district governor for the organization. Events for Rotarians only will include a luncheon with former Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden as the keynote speaker, and an evening gathering featuring a live performance by Great Bend native and Grammy Award winner Bryan Pinkall, as well as other Rotary dignitaries.