(June 12, 2005) —
For Dee Harleaux, art is her passion, but she had never displayed her work to the public — until Saturday morning.
lifelike drawings of African Americans were featured with works by
other visual artists and musicians at the ArtWalk Muse-A-Thon, an
annual fund-raiser that showcases a one-mile radius of Neighborhood of
the Arts. More than 250 walkers participated.
"It took some coaxing from my brother for me to come here,"
said Harleaux, 48, who works full-time as an executive secretary. But
each evening, she does what moves her heart.
"I come home from work and I just draw," she said. "I thought this show would be a good place to begin to show my work."
its second year, Muse-A-Thon highlights an outdoor art trail known as
ArtWalk, currently along University Avenue between Goodman and Russell
The Muse-A-Thon also featured other parts of Neighborhood of the Arts.
is this outdoor museum 24 hours a day," said Doug Rice, executive
director of the nonprofit ArtWalk group. "We are chartered as a museum
and everybody is a volunteer. I think Rochester needs something less
formal like this, like a town square kind of feel."
Walkers enlisted sponsors in advance, then leisurely strolled
along the one-mile loop beginning at Merriman Street Playground, where
they listened to the sounds of Squeaky Chair, a jazz quartet.
Along the way, other musicians and artisans, including Harleaux, displayed their wares or entertained walkers with music.
stopped in groups to hear Jason Ingalsbe, 26, of Rochester as he sang
lead for the men's contemporary a cappella group InnerLoop, which will
perform at 6 p.m. today at Locust Hill Country Club, which is preparing
for its LPGA tournament.
"The people here are just wonderful," said walker Naomi
Sandler, 20, of Henrietta. "Art is important, especially local art and
music. Everything that ever becomes national starts with the local."