By Talbert Toole
The Water Valley Arts Council and Water Valley Main Street Association announced its annual art crawl will take place Saturday, Nov. 2, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
This year’s event will reflect on past crawls, said Hannah McCormick, co-director of the arts council. It will include 15 stops on Main Street and adjacent streets featuring approximately 20-25 artists.
Although the event will be reminiscent of years past, McCormick said this year will feature a new addition: a community art installment dedicated to the “Day of the Dead” since the event aligns closely with the Mexican holiday (Oct. 31- Nov. 2).
McCormick said the memorial will be located in Pocket Park in downtown Water Valley. The community art installment will be a place for Water Vallians and visitors alike to place pictures, flowers, or a variety of memorabilia to honor loved ones who have passed.
“We wanted to take advantage of that coincidence because we are having it later this year than in the past,” McCormick said.
From Main Street to the historic houses that line the streets of Water Valley, attendees of this year’s crawl will be able to enjoy art, food and wine, and the historic structures of the town of nearly 4,000 residents.
McCormick said the annual art crawl was the first event she ever had participated in when she first moved to the area.
“I think these events are really important,” she said. “Not only to the people who live here in Water Valley but for the people who don’t.”
The crawl hit its milestone last year celebrating 10 years of art and fellowship. Although this is McCormick’s first year on the Arts Council, she said it is important for these organizations to have consistent events for the public so that the community can continue to count on those organizations.
She said huge cities offer an abundance of activities for residents and the public that can sometimes be taken for granted.
“When you come to a place like Water Valley—or if you’ve grown up in a place like here—you really see how the process is made and see how much it means to people,” McCormick said.
The Water Valley Arts Council and Water Valley Main Street Association will provide maps and signage around town for attendees to use as guidance.
For more information, visit the Water Valley Main Street Association Facebook page.