Rain won’t keep Artsapalooza down!

Sep 04

It’s all about the arts as First Friday presents “Artsapalooza” on Friday, Sept. 7. From hands-on art projects to art exhibits and more, you’ll find it all from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in downtown Kokomo.

Even though there’s rain in the forecast for this evening, there will still be plenty of chances to experience art all around downtown during Artsapalooza.

At Tin Man Brewing Co., you can become the art as Hannah Ruckman will be selling caricatures. Prices will vary, with the offerings including head sketches, colored head sketches and full body paint sketches. The brewery will also have Ruckman’s art on display.

Enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and drinks while taking in the artwork of local artist Sam Prifogle on display at the Bohemian Tattoo Club. The Sycamore Ridge Chapter of the Embroiders Guild of America will share its fiber creations, offer demonstrations and give away a free project kit to those interested in learning the art of embroidery.

At The Palette Room, you can create the art. They’ll be celebrating their grand re-opening at their new location on the third floor of Artworks Gallery, 210 N. Main St. They’ll have a watercolor craft for kids and several grand opening prize drawings.

IU Kokomo Downtown Gallery will host an alumni art exhibit as well as pieces by current students. They will also have a print sale.

Other happenings include:

• A big block party full of food, music and fun, Hawgin’ the Block is a partnership between Bridges Outreach and LeaderOne Financial to raise money for the non-profit. The party — held on Main Street in front of LeaderOne — will start from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and then resume from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be food from Hawg Heaven and more, and music from Rhum Academy of Music. All meal ticket purchases will come with an entry to win Colts tickets. This is a rain or shine event!

• Crossroads North Kokomo will celebrate the opening of its new downtown services and office location at 104 N. Main St.

• Back by popular demand, the Human Library will be open starting at 5 p.m. at the Kokomo-Howard County Public Library’s Main Branch. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to check out and converse with “human books” who have volunteered to share their personal stories and answer questions about their lives, experiences and perspectives.

• Bona Vista’s downtown gift store will be offering free face-painting, sidewalk chalk activities and art pieces for purchase.

• AT&T will have giveaways and also a chance to win a pair of LG Tones.

• Tin Man Brewing Co. will host Radiant Oracles & Mediums, which will offer three types of readings: tarot card, Celtic Cross and Triskele. Half the earnings will be given to the Kokomo Humane Society.

• The Kingdom: Cards & Games will have free game demonstrations of Modern Art and Dixit. They’ll also help you get started playing Magic: The Gathering, and even give you a free gift to help get you started.

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