By KAROLYN GEPHART
Spring ArtWalk in the Old Townsite will be Friday, May 3 from 4 to 9 p.m. in historic Oldtown Pearland. The event is a fundraiser for the restoration of the Pearland Depot into a museum.
The event is hosted by the Pearland Alliance for Arts and Culture and Pearland Historical Society at 2341 N. Galveston Avenue and Winsong Creations and Simply Fine Art Studio at 3820 E. Broadway.
Each organization has events planned. All are free and open to the public. The events include complimentary food and beverage sampling, live art demonstrations, an historical lecture, and works of art available for purchase.
Pearland Alliance for the Arts and Culture will have an open house for their art gallery and museum from 4 to 9 p.m. The PAA&C gallery is currently showcasing the work of local artists. The current exhibit in the museum represents the diversity of Pearland residents featuring artifacts and cultural items of an important segment of the Pearland community.
Simultaneously, the Pearland Historical Society will host a free open house in their current museum and an historical lecture during 4 to 9 pm. Gary Nakamura, president of the Japanese American Citizens League, will speak on the numerous contributions made by Japanese Americans to the culture, economy and history of Brazoria County.
Topics will include the story and legacy of Shinpei Maekawa (Mykawa), the Alvin Japanese Nursery, and their lasting cultural influence.
Memorial bricks and benches will be available for purchase as a fundraiser toward the restoration of the Pearland Depot, which is proposed to become a museum when completed. Memorial bricks are $150. During Artwalk, interested buyers can stop by the Historical Society office for more information.
The organization will have a model of the proposed museum, the timeline and proposed renovations of the Pearland Depot as it becomes the new museum on display during ArtWalk.
At the same time these activities are taking place, Winsong Creations and Simply Fine Art Studio will be doing demonstrations of making jewelry, painting with alcohol ink, and decorating real eggshells, as well as hosting an art exhibit of local artists. All art work will be available for sale.
There will also be a pear wine tasting from a local winery and free samples of fudge made by Boardwalk Fudge. Four Friends Tea Room will provide samples their popular pumpkin bread.
The ArtWalk has been funded in part by a grant from the Pearland Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
For more information, go to any of the three organizations’ Facebook pages.