Inaugural Art Walk Held in Downtown Swanton
This past Saturday, the downtown area of Swanton hosted its first Artwalk on Main, featuring a diverse display of art from more than a dozen vendors offering paintings, sketches, wood pottery, photography, glass figurines, jewelry, macrame and more. This new event, which ran from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, is another example of the Swanton business community and the Chamber of Commerce building on the many recent successes of returning Downton Swanton to an economically vibrant environment.
Several months ago, Deb Helwig, owner of Deb’s Art Studio on main Street, approached the Chamber’s Board of Directors with her idea of starting the event, inspired by the Black Swamp Arts Festival in Bowling Green which began almost 30 years ago. “I talked to a couple of people on their committee and they told me it took 15 years tom get to where it is today,” said Deb. “But you’ve got to start somewhere.”
The turnout for the Artwork on Main was very good and met with Deb’s expectations. It also showed how the Swanton community has become very appreciative of its growth as an art community. Ms. Helwig opened her art studio six years ago and said the business has been successful and now, post-pandemic, actually thriving. Another positive indicator is the Annual Swanton Fine Art Exhibit and Sale being held for the seventh time from October 7th to the 9th at Valleywood Golf Club. This exhibit is regarded as one of the finest in Northwest Ohio.