Marion celebrates art, music on Main

In celebration of summer, merchants in Marion sponsored an Art & Music Stroll Sunday along Main Street.

Photographers, artists, musicians, restaurants and other vendors in and around Marion County offered visitors a chance to enjoy the arts and culture with their family and support community spirit.

Jan Davis, owner of Gallery 101 of the Flint Hills, hosted Ron Beeton of Marion County Lake and musician David Anderson of Newton playing the hammer dulcimer.

After retiring from Boeing in Wichita, Beeton said, he turned his attention to the Flint Hills.

“I have been photographing the hills for 13 or 14 years,” he said. “I love the Flint Hills.”

Aaron Gaeddert, of North Newton and a graduate of Bethel College, has developed a unique grid system that he introduced at Sunday’s event.

“The new product is a system for mounting and displaying photographs in a grid format,” he said. “It is adaptable and interchangeable using magnets.”

Gaeddert said he has never seen anything else like this and he has done a fair amount of research.

“The closest I have seen to my system is pieces of wood snapped together, but nothing to do with displaying artwork—it is just pieces and an entirely different system altogether.”

Maggie and Robert Nichols of Marion offered large and small photographs capturing scenes at Cedar Point, Cottonwood Falls, Marion County Lake, family pictures and more.

In recent months, Maggie said, she expanded her talents to include people, using her husband as a model.

Participating locations

The Art & Music Stroll was free and open to everyone.

Others participating at the event included Down on the Corner, 162 Main St., with Gerald Wiens, photographer, and musicians Mike Moran, Jim Versch and Doug Kjellin featured.

Jim Steel had handmade furniture; Sew What, 125 E. Main, a quilt exhibit; Freedom Park hosted musicians Reintarnation, Rochelle Coba, Tom Myers and painter Jacqulyn Fisher.

Grant Charpentier displayed blown glass with Bearly Makin’ It, 308 E. Main, featuring Fletcher Sells, photography, and Mark Wilcox, a musician.

Rebecca Calhoun, painter; Mary Rogers, watercolors, and Greg Walker, musician, could be seen at Great Plains Computers, 324 E. Main St.

Central Park Antiques, 330 E. Main St., hosted Louette Enz and Billie Keiser, oil painters, and Galen Obermeyer, musician.

Julie McQuerry, a painter, was at Sunflower Antiques, 126 E. Main St., with antiques, collectibles and primitives also available.

Michelle Bruce, oil painter, and Craig Stuart, musician, were both at Red Fox Cottage Antiques, 630 E. Main St., and the Marion Historical Museum was also open to strollers.

Musician Ben Schierling and 12 other vendors from across the state were at TC’s What Not Shop with Bennie Holtsclaw, musician, at HRK, 109 N. Roosevelt.

Olivia Stafford was available for face painting and Eastmoor United Methodist Church had a lemonade stand.

Marion’s Home Town Cafe, Country Lakes Restaurant and Cindy’s Family Cafe were open for meals.

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