ELKHART — Local art and music take center stage Wednesday at the June ArtWalk, “Music in the Air.”

Downtown Elkhart comes alive with art and music during Elkhart ArtWalk from 5 to 8 p.m. every second Wednesday from April through October.

At this week's ArtWalk, local musicians will take to the streets –– or at least, the sidewalks –– for “Music in the Air.” Live-music-lovers and art-lovers alike are invited to outdoor music performances and local art for sale in downtown businesses.

Participants can look for the ArtWalk signs stationed outside participating businesses where local artists will be ready with their artwork on display and for sale. ArtWalk Passports, available at all participating businesses, feature a map of featured artists and musicians.

"We'll have 20 stops, 10 musicians and multiple children's activities along the ArtWalk route this month. We are so excited for the talented musicians coming out to perform this month –– from saxophone players to a nationally recognized jazz quartet to singer/songwriters, and that's just to name a few,” said Liz Shenk of Elkhart Arts Alliance.

“This is the perfect mid-week opportunity to enjoy art, music and great food," she said. "Come downtown, dance a little bit, grab a gift for a loved one or at treat for yourself, and enjoy a night out on the town.”

This month’s ArtWalk features several entertainment gems for the community to enjoy.

The French Quarter Jazz Quartet will perform on Civic Plaza stage throughout the evening. The group has an irresistible swing with an innovative approach to the Great American Songbook.

The Midwest Museum of American Art and Arts on Main Gallery, in partnership with the Elkhart Jazz Festival, is hosting a joint art exhibition to celebrate artistic renderings of jazz music created by local and regional artists.

Arts on Main will host an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. with live music and complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Visitors can mingle with the artists and enjoy the artwork with a live music backdrop. The Midwest Museum of American Art will be open free of charge for ArtWalk only.

Children can be introduced to local art and music at free kids activities at both ADEC, 317 S. Main St., and Servant’s Heart Community Church, 516 S. Main St.

Featured artists include print-maker Ida Short of Goshen, painter and photographer Kamika Perry of South Bend, illustrator and designer Dwight Luna of Elkhart, and color pencil artist Miriam Eck of Osceola.

Visitors can find a full list of participating artists and musicians, and dining and shopping recommendations, at ElkhartArtWalk.com.

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