Hot Wheels & Reclaimed Doors

David Sepulveda PhotoWestville’s streets and Edgewood Park were jammed Saturday for a sun-filled 15th annual ArtWalk, jammed with theater, music, crafts, and recycled art.

One highlight was the scene by the pumps at Aquila Motors. No cars were lined up to get gas. Instead, car doors were lined up. Alderman Dow Iron & Metal donated the doors for the “Car Door Project.” George Corsillo (pictured) was behind it.

Local artists painted the doors and displayed them. One of the artists, zebra door enthusiast Damian Paglia, tried to impress unpainted mime artist Sharece Sellem.

Artist Jacob Pongratz applies saturated color to his mixed-media door design that incorporated recycled materials.

Across the street, vendors brightened the alleyway outside Keys on Kites Tattoo and Gallery.

On Blake Street, artist Jacy Barber put the finishing touches on a transformed smokestack building before ...

... an overflow crowd watched Lou Mangini (pictured) and other actors turn New Haven cycling history into modern musical mayhem in “Head Over Wheels.”  Broken Umbrella’s production continues next week. (Read about it here.)

At her store, Lesley Roy displayed her mixed-media painted egret, based on a photo she took in Edgewood Park.

Marjorie Rosenthal displayed her henna tattoo technique under Edgewood Park’s gazebo.

At Westville Wines, Elliot Brause hosted a wine-tasting ...

... while Steve DiGiovanni displayed a collection of his small, contemporary chiaroscuro paintings at Westville Wines.

Zoe Fleischman, 7,  and her dad, adopted two shelter puppies presented by “Hot Diggity Dog” for High Kill Shelter.

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posted by: Gabriel Da silva on May 14, 2012  12:07pm

on behalf of WVRA, I would like to thank everyone that help at this year ARTWALK and made it a smashing success, to all our sponsors, committee members, event organizers, property owners, merchants, artists,  and the more than 100 volunteers that help make this day an amazing experience
Gabriel Da Silva
Westville Village Renaissance Alliance, president

posted by: Lori on May 14, 2012  4:27pm

It was a pleasure to once again visit Westville during Artwalk and to experience the vitality of this thriving arts-centered community.  The folks that make this event happen should be very proud that their efforts were rewarded with good attendance, bright skies and the spirit of community that was evident everywhere. I am pleased that New Haven Independent covered this event for those that could not come, but also for those of us that did- a pleasant reminder of a super day filled with art, music, theater, and great vibes.

posted by: A.Thought on May 14, 2012  11:36pm

Sounds like tbe Artwalk was a fun event featuring many talented and creative people from what seems to be a wonderful community in which to live.  I’m sorry I missed the event this time around but definitely plan on going next year.