April Art Walk brings spring time fun to NOTO

Michael Anschutz

Despite chilly weather, Topekans turned out for this April’s First Friday Art Walk. The art walk, part of ARTSConnect’s programs in the city, gives artists, art lovers and local business owners a chance to showcase and celebrate the city’s creative works.

One of the most popular features of the art walk is the NOTO arts district in north Topeka. In the historic buildings lining North Kansas Avenue and on the street is a plethora of arts and intriguing local wares.

This month in NOTO, several artists were present showcasing their work. One such artist was John Holcomb who showed a collection of his paintings and prints.

The ladies of Vintage Vibe donned 1920s inspired looks to promote the store’s vintage looks and for the fun of customers who could come in to get a taste of old school glamour.

There were also organizations represented along the street, such as Topeka West High School students fundraising for their art department and volunteers working to promote Bernie Sanders.

Downtown at The Merchant, an eclectic clothing store on South Kansas Avenue, Carrie Hilgert was the artist of the month. Her work hung on the walls of the basement where a band played for patrons.

DeVora McKinsey, a 20-year-old Topeka local, is a self-proclaimed maker and enthusiast of art who was present for this month’s art walk.

“I love The Two Wolves Studio. I just really like the atmosphere and most of the art they have in there. I feel like they have a lot of personality,” McKinsey said. “Even if you just want to have a nice time and be around some cool people, it’s definitely something to check out and get involved in.”

As the weather warms in the coming months, the art walk is expected to continue to draw Topekans for a night of fun and culture. The next Art Walk will be May 6.

The artists mentioned above can be found at www.johnholcomb.com and www.carriehilgert.com