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Fall Art Hop brings inventive business to downtown
Lily Petit
Staff Writer

Everyone’s a winner at Art Hop 2014. 23 downtown businesses became galleries for over 30 artists and three music groups on Nov. 7.
Art Hop offered exposure for the musicians, businesses and artists as well as a peak in sales for the latter two while the participants gained a night of culture out on the town and possibly a one of kind piece of art to take home with them.
A lake effect chill hung in the air the night of Nov. 7, but the weather didn’t dampen the spirits of Art Hoppers as they bounced from one downtown shop to the next. Many said they heard about Art Hop through a friend or through an artist that was participating. Specifically, Jeanne Mackey said, “It’s a great night with good food and fun,” while looking at sea glass jewelry and nibbling a mini apple fritter from Chef Shell’s.
Michelle Wrubel, co-owner of Chef Shell’s, said Art Hop brought a lot of people into the restaurant and filled the air with good energy.
Across the street from Chef Shell’s, Mosher’s Jewelers fared well also.
William Mosher said, “We’ve had a lot of success.”
SC4 student artist, Kate Koester’s, 18, display of mosaic artwork almost rivalled the shine of jewelry inside Mosher’s Jewelry. Koester said this was her first time participating in Art Hop. Koester has been making mosaic art work for four years and was introduced to the medium by a co-worker of her mom’s. Koester said she had sold a few pieces, but she put more emphasis on creating commissioned pieces, especially for the upcoming holidays. Koester also has work on display at Studio 1219.
Cecil Williams, an instructor at Studio 1219 displayed his stained glass at Elite Feet.
Williams chuckled as he remembered his first experience with stained glass. He was self-taught out of necessity. “They told me I had to teach the students how to make stained glass. I said I didn’t know how, and they replied ‘learn,’” said Williams. “Six boxes of band aids later, I got the hang of it.”
Artists are getting the hang of Art Hop and they’ll be back on May 22 thanks to Main Street Port Huron.
Art Hop began in 2012 under the coordination of the Blue Water Young Professionals. This year, Main Street Port Huron hosted the event. According to their Facebook page, “Main Street Port Huron is a non–profit organization created to help revitalize Historic Downtown Port Huron.”
To find out more about Art Hop and how you can participate go to bluwaterarthop.com. Follow Main Street Port Huron on Facebook at Main Street Port Huron.

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