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Art The Next Step In Old Town Newhall

artA new event for the area could boost visitors and the interest factor.

Starting September 17, Old Town Newhall will be the place for "Third Thursdays," a free art walk and celebration of the downtown area.

The art walk will be held on Main Street between Market Street and Sixth Street and from 5-9 p.m.

The event is free for participants and visitors alike and will coincide with the Farmers Market, which takes place on Market Street from 3-7 p.m every Thursday.

The Canyon Theatre Guild and the Repertory East Playhouse both house gallery space and will be anchoring the event.

"Were very excited to bring artists and art into the area on a regular basis," said TimBen Boydston, executive director of the Canyon Theatre Guild.

Visitors can view different forms of art work along their stroll, as well as purchase art, and even participate in some performance art pieces.

"There isn't one area where there is a focus on art, you've got little things going all over, but when it comes to an actual center for art there isn't one," said Sabina Fetter who has lead the movement to start the walk.  "If the City is going to call this the arts district then let's actually make it a center for art."

Fetter has been the liaison between the city and the business in the arts district, and is also the owner of Capelli Salon which has a gallery wall.

Capelli Salon will be serving hors d'ouevres and wine while other shops are expected to have wine tasting.  There will also be vendors from the farmers market as well as local restaurants serving food.

In addition to Capelli Salon and the theaters hosting art exhibits, OutWest Marketing and Cookbooks Plus have also agreed to host art.

Art showcased in the free event will have to be approved by a five person "jury" which is comprised of the heads of the businesses showcasing art.

"I tried to make sure that the jury consists of people that aren't involved with any of the other arts associations so it's non-biased," said Fetter.

"Today in business you have to have a reason to be relevant to the community, and it has to be more than about just selling stuff," said Bobbi Jean Bell, owner of OutWest Marketing.

The revitalization of Old Town Newhall has improved the overall aesthetics of the area and if all goes well Fetter hopes the art walk will lead to Santa Clarita having their own version of Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade.

For more information on the event or how to participate call Sabina Fetter at (661) 254-1234.