Thousands crawl to Banbury Place as artists, fans inspire each other

By: Joe Nelson Email
By: Joe Nelson Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wisc. (WEAU) - Thousands made their way indoors this weekend for to see paintings and performances at the fourth-annual Banbury Place Art Crawl in Eau Claire.

After decades of painting, Patricia Mayhew Hamm of Chetek's passion has not been brushed aside.

"It's just what's in me and the older I get, the older I get, the more I realize that," Hamm said.

She and dozens who share a love of art had a chance to showcase their talents and sell their work at Eau Claire’s fourth annual Banbury Place Art Crawl.

"Artists who have not shown much are here. It's good for them to get their work out and to know that their work is good and get comments from other people," she said.

Kerri Kiernan of Eau Claire said the crawl kept her motivated to pursue photography professionally, making her first sale three years ago between Banbury walls.

"I had no clue what I was doing, but people bought em. So it was really encouraging," Kiernan said.

Last year, Kiernan expanded her work, by circling the area to find materials to sway others into her new found fascination.

"I saw someone hooping at Phoenix Park a couple years ago and I was just mesmerized by it and thought, one day I wanna be that girl. I wanna be hooping and look good doing it. I put a lot of time into it and practice every day and I’m really passionate about getting other people to hoop," she said.

Finding a hole in hula hoop presence, Kiernan now makes and moves them and teaches others.

"We're just kind of growing our group and increasing our skills," she said.

It's a trait that glass blowers and scarf sewers share and appreciate.

"If you have a desire, you should be doing it. Or doing some creative work anyway. Coming here is a way to broaden your horizons," Hamm said. "If God's given you a gift, you're supposed to use it."

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