Posted on 20 October 2012.
Scenes from Friday night’s ‘Tawba Walk in downtown Cornelius. See more photos below. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
By DAVID BORAKS
Friday night’s clear, 58-degree weather was perfect for a night out in downtown Cornelius. Hundreds of people – from families with strollers to seniors holding hands to groups of teens – joining in on the first ‘Tawba Walk Art Crawl.
The art walk, in the area around Town Hall, Catawba Avenue and the Oak Street Mill, included live music, food vendors, and art and crafts exhibits. Shops stayed up late, inviting shoppers to browse.
Organizers hope events like the ‘Tawba Walk can become a regular thing in down Cornelius, which they say is ripe for an artsy scene.
“Everything in this downtown area is a lot less chained-based and it really has a small town community feel,” said Katie Dixon, owner of Kadi Fit studio and one of the organizers.
She says there are plenty of examples to use as models. “It seems like over the past few years that … in neighborhoods like a NoDa (in Charlotte) or like in downtown Mooresville, even just around the U.S., that art districts are becoming really popular, and people are migrating towards them. And we think this would just be a perfect fit for a place like that.”
Case Warnemunde and his Bella Love group led organizing for the event, pulling in Kadi Fit and other businesses, and the town of Cornelius’s Parks, Arts, Recreation & Culture Department.
Oct. 17, 2012, ‘Tawba Walk aims to stir up a downtown arts scene” – We talked to Case Warnemunde and Katie Dixon before Friday’s event for more of the back story.
Mike Godsey of Cornelius and Lake Norman Christian School demonstrated his drawing skills. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
The Bryan kids, from left Cal, William and Lily, watched Justin Christenbery paint while they listened to the music. (Callan Bryan photo)
Joe Dobson worked on his “graffiti wall” all evening outside Oak Street Mill. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
Community Arts Project had kids’ activities in the parking lot at Oak Street Mill. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
These girls lounged as The Stony Creek Boys played behind Cornelius Town Hall. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
Kadi fit had an art exhibit in its new wine and beer bar (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)
Tiffany Zabek – “The Cake Architect” – sold cupcakes behind Town Hall. (David Boraks/CorneliusNews.net)