Old Colorado City ‘ArtWalk’ brings in revenue

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ArtWalk, the Friday night art-gallery walking tour in Old Colorado City, has been an economic beacon to the Westside, merchants say.

ArtWalk, which is sponsored by Ent Federal Credit Union’s Business Banking branch, will wrap up its fifth year Dec. 3. Along West Colorado Avenue, between 23rd and 27th streets, 15 art galleries showcase collections from more than 400 artists.

“We get hundreds of people flooding the streets to see the new work, art and demonstrations. It has brought people on a regular monthly basis to our streets,” said Sharon Wolff, who owns Hunter-Wolff Gallery and spearheaded ArtWalk.

Merchants and restaurants recommend one another to visitors.

“ArtWalk has absolutely has helped our businesses, said Don Wick, president of Old Colorado City Associates, and co-owner of Old Town Guesthouse. “The response to these Friday evenings has been tremendous –  with increased business at the galleries but also at neighboring shops and, of course, the restaurants.”

The event is free and attracts families with small children, Wolff said, but also brings out a lot of couples because it’s date night.

“My business has grown because of ArtWalk. And I wouldn’t be doing the repeat business (without it).

If we have a thriving community, we will all do well,” she said.