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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Arts Trek

  • Mabee Gerrer Museum plans Arts Trek for April 12.
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  • An innovative, exciting cultural experience, Arts Trek combines an arts festival with a performance walk. The event is Saturday, April 12 at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art and St. Gregory’ University. Arts Trek is free and open to everyone.
     
    At the arts festival (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), local artists and crafters display, demonstrate, and sell their arts, including paintings, prints, jewelry, ceramics, baskets, and textile and leather works. Also, visitors engage in free hands-on art activities provided by community sponsors. There will be free face painting and a bounce house for the kids. Performers will entertain visitors with live music as they shop and food vendors offer a variety of treats.
     
    “What really sets off Arts Trek is the performance walk,” said Donna Merkt, Arts Trek event coordinator and curator of education for the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.
     
    During the performance walk (10 a.m.-12 p.m.), visitors encounter a variety of seemingly impromptu performances in non-traditional locations. The short performances of music, dance, and theater occur in different locations at the Museum, at St. Gregory’s Abbey, and on the St. Gregory’s University campus. The visitors follow a map and a guide, walking to each performance location in one large group. Visitors can pick up a map when they arrive, or download the map the day before at www.artstrek.org. The first performance begins promptly at 10 a.m.
     
    Arts Trek is made possible by the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee Convention and Visitors Bureau, and St. Gregory's University. Additional support is provided by: Junior Service League of Shawnee, Oklahoma Natural Gas, Lions Club of Shawnee, Yvonne Kaaloa and David Reed, Chris Rick, State Farm Agent, First National Bank and Trust Co., Jean and Terry Lancaster, Lowes of Shawnee, and Eaton Corporation, in addition to many Helping Hands Sponsors and volunteers. Both Citizen Potawatomi Nation and St. Gregory's Abbey provide in-kind support. The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art receives continuing support from the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Allied Arts.
     
    For additional information, please visit www.artstrek.org or call 405-878-5300.
     
     
     

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