OUT IN THE CROWD: First Friday Art Walk to focus on aspiring entrepreneurs

The Duluth Fine Arts League is ushering in the new year with "The Art of New Beginnings."

The first city Art Walk of 2010 will focus on young aspiring artists and entrepreneurs.

"It seemed appropriate to start the new year with 'New Beginnings' and the idea to showcase our new, or next, artists (and) businesses," said Shelly Howard, who coordinates the First Friday Art Walks. "We intend to build on this concept each year."

This evening's walk, which was pushed back to the second Friday due to the New Years Day holiday, will feature artwork by 10-year-old Kassi Vastakis and 12-year-old Yeoryia Vastakis. Ashley Bonds, 11, will showcase her handmade jewelry, and 11-year-old Riley LaMotte will display miniature skateboards. Alex Nivens, 8, and Matt Stamper, 12, will represent the entrepreneurial spirit with World War II books and plant and dog care, respectively. Dancers from Miss Cindy's Dance Studio will perform at the Duluth Art Gallery at 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m.

Downtown cafe Chocolate Perks will feature the artwork of artist and author Josh Hunter and will host jazz singer Laura Lockie and guitarist Charles Hunter.

Beginning in February, the Duluth Fine Arts League will resume holding its Art Walks the first Friday of every month. For more information, visit artsduluth.org.