Aiden Ellis is tired of the phrase "starving artist."
So the owner of the art supply store Loconomy teamed up with a community group led by Christian Lamar. Since January, they've worked on creating a Columbus Art Walk.
The idea was to model the art walks after those in Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where a range of exhibits are organized in area restaurants and shops.
Locals can then browse, stroll and eat at their convenience.
The first such event starts this afternoon and, attendance and community reaction permitting, will continue monthly.
"What we've been trying to do is bring more focus to the local art community," Ellis said, pointing toward the area's recent rising cultural capital.
Artists from around Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley now exhibit their works in downtown restaurants and coffee shops; their public art is installed along Broadway.
"We just want to draw a spotlight to them," Ellis said.
First Friday Art Walk has 10 sponsors and includes stops such as Iron Bank, the Cannon and Planet Pops.
Glassblower Keely Mae will be exhibiting at the Cannon.
"She does things with glass that I've never seen done before," Ellis said.
That includes basket-weaving.
Ellis said they are already planning for next month's Art Walk, which will include musical performers and body-painting.
This month's attendance goal was set at 100 people. Ellis said there's been so much response from artists, businesses and community members. "It looks like we're going to far exceed that," he said.
IF YOU GO
What: First Friday Art Walk
Where: Starts at Loconomy, 223 Eighth St., and SoYoung Salon,107 12th St.
When: From 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m., with an after-party at The Loft