NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - People in North Augusta took time today to enjoy the beautiful weather and some local artwork. The first ever Art Walk in North Augusta was this afternoon and featured 17 art vendors.
Event coordinator Wendy Cunico says the goal was to have people walking as much of the area as possible.
"We're trying to kind of string people through the neighborhood," she says.
People like Ashlynn Ward that came out to the event say this was a different way to experience art.
"I've just been to local art shows where it's all on one place and then this is a little different where you get to walk around to different areas to see local artisans," she says.
Planning for the event started eight months ago and benefits three different charities: the American Heart Association, Community Ministries, and a local charity against human trafficking.
Harrison Hickman works at Tire City Potters and held an interactive pottery class to help get the kids at the ark walk involved. He says he enjoys sharing his passion with others.
"Trying to share my craft with other people, you know, and give them that experience and let kids be part of the art world is really close to my heart, and I'd like to share that experience with as many people as I can," Hickman says.
Artist Carrie Brooks says she enjoys participating in the event because it brought the community together.
"There's just a lot of involvement in the community so I just enjoy all of that, seeing the buzz and all the people," says Brooks.
With art ranging from paintings, to sculptures, and even woodwork, the crowd had a nice variety to enjoy. People say the best part was supporting two causes at one event.
"Not only are you supporting local artisans but you're supporting charities as well which is a double benefit," says Ward.
"Art is so important because it ties into so many different aspects of life, and I think it's meant to give back to people," says Hickman.
Ten percent of all the proceeds today will be split equally between the three charities and organizers hope this becomes an annual event.