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Looking for a unique piece of art or decor? Check out Art Hop in Hamilton

More than 20 Hamilton businesses will showcase a featured artist as part of Art Hop on Friday.

Hosted by Main Street Area Association, Art Hop will feature live art, entertainment, family activities as well as food and drinks.

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“We have a very supportive community when it comes to the arts… There are probably a half-of-a-dozen new businesses on Main Street since we had Art Hop last year. So, there’s a lot of energy downtown,” said Erin Noga, board member for Main Street Area Association and co-owner of The Studio: Masterpieces & Memories.

And don’t let downtown construction deter you, she said.

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There’s good energy, live art and opportunities to acquire a one-of-a-kind piece, according to Noga.

“The community is really behind Main Street and what we’re doing… Art Hop last year was very well received. There were a lot of activities going on and a lot people coming into the stores and finding out what is on Main Street,” said Francis Michaels, owner of Pop Revolution Gallery and board member for Main Street Area Association.

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Some Art Hop event highlights include:

  • artist Adam Theele at 3 Bears Emporium,235 Main St.
  • artist Chris Pearce at Future Great Comics, 528 Main St.
  • artist Danielle Martin at Lahvdah, 404 Main St.
  • John Gardner of Red Fork Photography at Rustic Home, 330 Main St.
  • artist Shirley Burgher at Secretly Shabby, 231 Main St.

  • artist Jennifer Sayger of Murage at Fleurish Home, 135 Main St.
  • artist Jeff Young at JW’s on Main, 434 Main St.
  • artist Jared Benjamin will be creating a ‘We Are Hamilton’ themed piece at The Studio: Masterpieces & Memories, 118 Main St.
  • Empty Bowls painting to benefit United Way at The Studio: Masterpieces & Memories, 118 Main St.Empty Bowls painting to benefit United Way at
  • ‘We Are Hamilton’ juried art exhibition, featuring Hamilton-themed art in a variety of mediums, at Pop Revolution Gallery, 306 Main St.
  • performance by Michelle Davis of Miami Valley Ballet Theatre, 7:30 p.m. on the plaza
  • live music from guitarist Mark Joshua Banis, 6 to 8:30 p.m. in front of The Main Look, 401 Main St.
  • graffiti art for children 6 to 9 p.m. on the plaza
  • live music from 6 to 9 p.m. at True West Coffee, 313 Main St.
  • face painting at Petals & Wicks (formerly Sherry’s Petals), 119 Main St. from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • pets available for adoption at Pet Wants, 139 Main St.
  • In 2017, the annual event returned to Hamilton after a 10-year hiatus. Organizers said more than 1,000 guests attended the event last year.

    The event is located within the city’s Downtown Outdoor Refreshment Area.

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    HOW TO GO: ART HOP

    WHERE: Along Main Street in Hamilton

    WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 11

    COST: Free. Food, drink and art will be available for purchase.

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