A lot has happened downtown in one year.
“Tunnel Vision” — Miggs Burroughs’ spectacular 16-image transformation of the long-dingy pedestrian tunnel between Main Street and Parker Harder Plaza — was unveiled last May. Today it’s a destination — not a nightmare.
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association‘s big sidewalk-and-lamps project is nearing completion.
So let’s party!
The WDMA’s annual “Art About Town” opening night street celebration is set for Thursday (May 21, 5:30-8:30 p.m.). It’s a unique, family-friendly combination of original works, interactive art demonstrations, funky live music, dancing, street performances, food and drinks at pop-up cafes — all in the middle of traffic-free Main Street.
Westport Arts Center educators will help everyone create small wall signs using crazy colors, funky patterns, buttons and beads.
And — going back to that “Tunnel Vision” anniversary — Miggs gives “tours” of his work at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.
The party kicks off a 4-week art event. Hundreds of original works by local artists will fill more than 60 shops and restaurants. Downtown becomes one big gallery. All works are juried, for sale, and on display until June 21.
Of course, plenty of art is sold long before then. Some even goes during the opening party.
Hey — this is Westport. We move fast.
Except through Miggs’ tunnel.