Banner Art, First Friday food trucks on tap in Garden City

GARDEN CITY — This Friday, Aug. 2, Downtown Garden City will be awash with artwork in the form of the 12th Annual Banner Art Walk and the First Friday Art Walk. In addition, the monthly installment of Food Truck Friday will be going on downtown all day.

The annual Banner Art Walk will feature 23 artists who created 46 banners.  

Shelia Crane, Downtown Vision Executive Director, said the Banner Art Project highlights local artists and acts as a fundraiser for Downtown Vision.

“The funds that are generated from the auction are split between the artists and Downtown Vision, and the portion that comes to Downtown Vision goes toward purchasing things like benches, new banners for the light poles throughout the year, those kinds of things for downtown beautification type projects,” Crane said.

Scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m., the Banner Art Walk offers patrons the opportunity to see original artwork on banners displayed in participating businesses downtown. A map of the banners and the participating stores can be picked up at the Downtown Vision office, 120 E. Laurel St., beginning at 4 p.m. Friday. A free reception is set for 6 p.m. at Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., where individuals can also buy tickets for the Banner Art Auction at a discount.

Crane said this year for Banner Art, Downtown Vision is highlighting two younger artists from Holcomb, Emily Perez-Barajas and Jasmine Palacios.

“They both did a really great job. I cannot say enough about them, they are two incredible young ladies that have so much to be proud of,” Crane said.

Perez-Barajas, a 16-year-old junior at Holcomb High School, is the youngest artist participating in Banner Art this year. She has been drawing since she was a little kid and uses art as a way to express herself. Her pieces for Banner Art are titled, “Peace and Tranquility” and “Sunset Flower”.

Palacios, 18, graduated in May from Holcomb High School and in the fall will attend Garden City Community College to study for a career in art education. During her senior year, three of her art pieces were entered in the Scholastic Art and Writing Showcase and she received two Gold Key Awards, one Honorable Mention and one American Vision award. Her Banner Art pieces are titled, “Moo-ve Over Sunset” and “In Bloom”.

The Banner Art Project was introduced in 2008. According to its website, Downtown Vision’s goal was to create an event to draw residents and visitors alike, regardless of one’s artistic tastes. The program started with 12 local artists, 24 banners and a silent auction. Since then, the event has doubled in size, moved to a live auction format, with a full steak dinner providing for a fun filled evening in support of the Garden City Arts community.

The Banner Art Project is a series of events dedicated to showcasing the banners each year, starting with the art walk where the banners are first available to preview. Banners will be displayed on downtown light poles for a few weeks and then will be available for purchase at Downtown Vision’s annual art auction scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2.

For questions, please contact Downtown Vision at 620-276-0891.

First Friday Art Walk

In addition to the Banner Art Walk, art lovers can peruse at their leisure several offerings during Friday’s First Friday Art Walk. Admission is free at all locations. The art stops, times and locations include:

High Plains Public Radio, 210 N. Seventh St., 4 – 6 p.m. Featured artist: Jessie Roberts

Patrick Dugan’s Coffee Shop, 301 N. Main St., 5 – 7 p.m. Featured Artist: Amy Warfield

Finney County Courthouse, 425 N. Eighth St., 5 – 7 p.m. Featured Artist: Miguel Rodriguez

Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St., 6 – 8 p.m. Featured Exhibit: Inaugural SWKS Juried Art Exhibit

Food Truck Friday

August’s Food Truck Friday is from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Stevens Park.

During Food Truck Friday, St. Catherine Hospital is hosting its “Pace with a Provider” series in Stevens Park with Dr. Shull from noon to 1 p.m. Dr. Shull will give a short presentation about the NICU at the hospital and lead a walk around Stevens Park starting at the band shell. The hospital will also have a table with golf games and information about this year’s 2019 Southwest Kansas Pro-Am.

The food trucks will line-up along Hero’s Way serving up tasty food truck fare and sweet treats. Seating is limited so feel free to bring your picnic blankets and folding chairs. Vendors will include Ice Guys Lemonade, New Grind Coffee, Bribiesca Concessions, Dragon Wagon, The Ole Cook Shack, and Natalie’s Aguas Fresca.