Photos: Casper comes out for first Casper Art Walk of 2019

Paradise Valley fifth-grader Ayden Robinett, 11, points out his ceramic art piece at the Nicolaysen Art Museum’s third annual Fifth Grade Art Show on Thursday evening. The event was held in conjunction with the first Casper Art Walk of 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Paradise Valley School fifth-grader Ayden Robinett ran through the crowded Nicolaysen Art Museum’s main gallery on Thursday evening, jumping as she showed his family the ceramic flowers he’d made in school.

“It’s exciting and nervous,” said Ayden about the exhibit.

Over 1,000 pieces of art from every Natrona County fifth-grader covered the walls in the Nic, which is also showcasing high school and professional art.

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While blustery winds kept people from mingling in the streets, art venues and restaurants bustled with activity.

Coffee was brewing at Scarlow’s Art and Coffee, where the new coffee bar was officially opened for business.

At Art 321 in the Old Yellowstone District, crowds gathered around local art as live music played. A booth run by the “Scotch and Watercolor” group handed out complimentary samples of Scotch, ranging from mild to intensely smoky.

The night kicked off the 2019 season of Casper Art Walks. They will take place on the first Thursday of the month through September.