This past weekend, the 2012 Jim Thorpe Art Weekend invited tourists and art enthusiasts to the shops and streets of Jim Thorpe to enjoy unique artwork, photography, music, food and even storytelling.
Attendees were encouraged to start their journey at the historic Old Mauch Chunk train station and work their way along Broadway to experience over a dozen participating artists and other exhibitors. Walking maps were available to guide visitors to the different destinations.
In Josiah White Park, adjacent to the train station, the Party Dawgs band provided entertainment.
On Saturday, in addition to the self-guided gallery tour, area historian Jack Gunnser appeared in costume at the Harry Packer Mansion, where he shared stories of Old Mauch Chunk, and photographer Tom Storm offered a camera workshop at the train station.
On Sunday, master stained glass artist Nic East demonstrated his craft at his studio at Hill Home Forge. Bill Allison, historian, spoke about the Art of Victorian Architecture at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.
One of the most interactive exhibitors during Art Walk was stone lithography artist Ron Chupp of the Black Diamond Gallery. Chupp created a "patchwork lithograph," which featured spontaneous work from guests who attended his opening throughout the weekend. Each participant got a chance to take home a unique piece of art that they helped create.
Another Art Walk is planned for May 2013. For more information on artists or Art Walk, visit JimThorpeArt.com.