Columbia arts district to hold pre-game huddles

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 | 3:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — With SEC crowds expected to arrive soon, the North Village Arts District will present its first Art Huddle on Sept. 7, the day before the MU-Georgia match-up, to draw attention to Columbia's art community.

 The event also will be repeated Oct. 12, the day before the Tigers take on Alabama.

"We have this great amount of people who are going to come in for the games, and we thought we would embrace the whole event," said Lisa Bartlett, Artlandish Gallery owner. "People love to know of unique places to go in other towns when they visit, and I think that the North Village Arts District is one of the best kept secrets."

Both pre-game Art Huddles will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include art demonstrations, special exhibits, live music, art galleries and refreshments.

Jennifer Perlow , owner of the PS: Gallery, said the main objective is to showcase the North Village Arts District as a diverse and vibrant area to new Southeastern Conference fans, returning alumni and Columbia residents.

The celebration will take place along Walnut and Orr streets and will feature 11 different businesses. They include: PS: Gallery, Artlandish Gallery, Studio Home and House of VanSickle.

The celebration will have four music stages, and performers will include small jazz ensembles, disc jockeys and young musicians. Columbia-area artists will feature their work.

"The North Village Arts District is really something fun to showcase to incoming guests," Perlow said. "I think we have such an amazing community, and we have such little gems."

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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