BELOIT - It finally felt like spring, and Stateline Area residents were eager to celebrate on Friday night.
Downtown Beloit was buzzing as ArtWalk took place, getting families out of the house to recognize local artists.
"All the items for ArtWalk must be made or grown by the vendors," Downtown Beloit Association Promotions Coordinator Crystal Cribbs told the Beloit Daily News.
Hosted annually by the Downtown Beloit Association for the past 17 years, the 2019 ArtWalk featured over 30 artists at more than a dozen venues spread throughout downtown.
Stateline Area painters, sculptors, jewelry-makers, woodworkers, mosaic artists, basket weavers and many others showcased and sold their work throughout the evening event.
"I've been coming out to ArtWalk to draw on the sidewalks for the past three years," said Beloit Memorial High School senior Morgan Roe as the night kicked off. "It's just nice to make everything more colorful."
Inside Walnut Creek Apparel and Gifts, mom Stephanie Bennington, of Rockton, was watching her children get creative by using edible paint to decorate sugar cookies.
"We've come out to the markets, but this is our first time at ArtWalk - the kids love art projects and they thought the trolley rides were really cool," she said.
Nearby, artist and longtime Beloit Farmers Market vendor Nancy Mayhew spent the evening chatting with friends and customers about her work.
Mayhew has been doing mosaics for around 15 years. On Friday night she was donating her event proceeds to the Rock County Cancer Coalition.
"I know first hand how expensive it is to pay for cancer care, even with insurance, and I wanted to do something to help out," she said.
Shari and Eric Timmcke, of "The Healing Tree Project" were also selling their wares to help pay for medical treatment.
Late last summer Shari Timmcke started to experience complications from Lupus. She started creating tree of life jewelry while healing.
"It's really fun to get out at events like this and meet new people," she said.
ArtWalk is just one of the many fun events hosted by the Downtown Beloit Association. The nonprofit also coordinates the Farmers Market, Street Dance, Sidewalk Sales, Oktoberfest and more. See www.downtownbeloit.com for additional information.