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Olympia maintains Arts Walk spirit with celebration that lasts all April

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Olympia maintains Arts Walk spirit with celebration that lasts all April

The Olympian

Arts Walk, Olympia’s beloved twice-yearly creative celebration, is still on hold for COVID-19, so as it did in the fall, the city of Olympia is keeping the event’s spirit alive by putting the spotlight on art all April long.

The city has a new Arts Walk website designed to make both current and future events more flexible and spontaneous — and to allow for virtual events and include businesses outside of downtown.

“The website gives us the ability to innovate,” said Angel Nava of the city’s Parks, Arts and Recreation Department. “The goal is to help people connect with these really amazing things that are happening throughout Olympia.”

Although there is no printed map for Arts Month, the tradition of spotlighting one artist has resumed. “Fluttering,” a carved and painted block by Laurel Henn, appears on posters for the event.

“Fluttering,” which shows quilts waving in the breeze, is part of Henn’s series of cloud-shaped blocks, which she carves, uses to make prints and then paints.

“Quilts … hold a special place in my life,” she wrote in an artist’s statement. “Every quilt in my house was made by my mother, so no matter the distance, I always feel close to her creativeness.”

The featured piece and more of Henn’s work can be seen at Splash Gallery and online. The cooperative gallery, at 501 Columbia St. NW, Suite C, reopens to the public Friday, April 2.

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