PiquaPOP is an interactive art pop-up exhibit, being held on Canal Place in Piqua, Saturday, 5-5-18. (Canal Place is the back street and patio area downtown behind Susie’s Big Dipper and 311 Drafthouse.) The event opens to the public at 9:00AM, and closes at 8:00PM.
This is the first year for PiquaPOP, a community event funded by a grant from the Awesome Piqua foundation, and coordinated by Robin Heintz.
“My son participated in a similar event, called BoldPAS, which took place in Old Pasadena in California. I loved the idea and wished that ‘someone’ would do a similar event here. After some prodding by friends, it turns out that I was the ‘someone’ to do it!” Heintz says. “That’s where the fine folks at Awesome Piqua came in. I was awarded a $1000 grant to make PiquaPOP happen.”
“The Piqua Arts Council and the Piqua Public Library are also partners in PiquaPOP. The Arts Council has provided expertise about permits and safety, and their member-artists have been invited to set up easels and work outside during the event. In fact, any area artist that would like to work ‘en plein air’ – whether they paint, illustrate with a tablet, do hand-carving, or other small-scale work – is welcome to join us,” Heintz says. “The Piqua Library has also been very generous. They are providing all of the display panels for the artwork, and allowing us to choose items from their collection to exhibit.”
Children’s crafts and sidewalk chalking for all ages will be offered throughout the day. Several artists will have works on display, and musicians will perform. Scheduled guests include:
“Constant Occurrence” – Quinn Ritzhaupt & Kailyn Simmons of Piqua
Derek Baker of Arcanum, Photography
“Drab Irish Band” – Mike Killian, Sean Shultis, David Croft, Erich Meiring
Kelsey McDowell of Troy, Experiential Art – Kaleidoscope
Courtney Shumard of Piqua, Photography
Jim Shively of Piqua, Airbrush Artist – Custom Vehicles
Matthew Sillman of Piqua, Musician – “Stellar Regions”
Sit ‘N Stitch Yarncrafters, Crochet & Knitting (Bring yarn and join in!)
Bruce Soifer of Dayton, Photography & Digital Art
Drab Irish Band from 11-1 – Traditional Irish music, folk, variety.
Constant Occurrence from 5-6 – Ukulele and vocals.
Stellar Regions from 6-8 – Solo instrumental. Jazz/R&B/atmospheric.