Local artists, businesses shine at Banbury Art Crawl

By: Aaron Dimick Email
By: Aaron Dimick Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Glass blowers, painters and pizza makers were just some of the dozens of artists who strutted their stuff this weekend at the Art Crawl at Banbury Place.

The third annual Art Crawl took place in Building 13 of the Banbury Place complex in Eau Claire on Friday and Saturday.

“It's a combination of about 58 artists. Some that are in residence, some that are invited. It’s a spectacular community event,” said organizer Sally Sundby.

Sundby said the Art Crawl is more than just a chance to show and sell works of art.

“A lot of networking, meeting a lot of people in the community and getting your name out to those people,” Sundby said.

Josh Dolan Neill had a display of his paintings and drawings for sale at the Crawl.

He said it highlights the area’s growing arts scene.

“When people think of culture, people think we have to go to Europe, we have to go to New York and Chicago. Really, it's happening all around you all the time and this event really opens that up,” Dolan-Neill said.

Organizers said the Art Crawl brings people into the Banbury Place for perhaps the first time; giving much-needed exposure to local artists and businesses.

One of those businesses is Big Donkey Pizza.

The company has been churning out handmade pizzas at its Banbury location for the past year.

“I don't think people are aware of what's going on here. Many of the businesses have just opened. A lot of stuff is happening,” said Leah Shenk of Big Donkey Pizza.

Sundby said proceeds from this year’s crawl will go to the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council.

“You can come any time and partake in these wonderful offerings of this community. The building is so eclectic; it really offers a fun feeling,” Sundby said.

A link to the Banbury Place’s website is posted below.


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