You're Invited!

by: Steve Matheny, 
Executive Director,
Granville Area Chamber of Commerce

Hopefully you've begun to notice.... Over the last several months - on the first Saturday of each month - Granville has hosted an Art Walk event during which creative businesses and non-profits have joined forces to promote commerce and art in the Granville community.  Somewhat akin to the monthly Gallery Hop occurring in Columbus' Short North district, our version seeks to feature creative experiences and exposure for local arts in all of its various forms.

Launched initially in November 2016, Granville's Art Walk concept was a vision of several local artists and fervent art supporters.  Lori Clarke, owner of Art on Elm, and Jodi Melfi, partner in the Creative Co-op on N. Prospect Street were instrumental in getting the Art Walk started.  Paula Colman, Jeff Watkins, and Duane Winchester of the ART @ 43023 gallery were also strong advocates for the monthly event which coincides with their established practice of hosting a reception for their gallery's featured monthly artists on the first Saturday of each month.  The purpose and intent of the Art Walk also resonates with joint efforts underway by the Bryn Du Commission, the Granville Schools, and the Granville Arts Commission (collectively the Arts Collaborative of Granville) to encourage and promote the Granville community as an 'arts destination'.  Local businesses have also been eager to become involved as well - some of these participating venues have included Moe's Bar B Que, BLEND - Studio Spark, Day Y Noche, Three Tigers Brewing Co., Uberburger, and SteamRoller Bagel Sandwiches as well as the Bryn Du Art Center and the Granville Public Library.

Consider , too, that the growing interest and enthusiasm for this activity is occurring during the shortest and darkest days of winter!  It's exciting to think of how the popularity of this event will expand as Spring and Summer arrive.  The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce assumed the lead sponsorship role for this event in January.  The Granville Arts Commission is also a sponsoring organization and some funding has been provided to support musical performances at selected venues during early Art Walk events.  Clearly this is an idea whose time has come and we look forward to further expansion and wider participation in the months to come.  We hope that you will begin to make the Granville Art Walk part of your "Fun To-Do List" each month.

To download the monthly schedule, see
GACC Business After Hours
Wednesday, February 22, 5-7pm
The Buxton Inn

Join fellow GACC members for an informal after hours networking event at the beautiful Buxton Inn.  Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and the company of your fellow GACC members.  We do ask you RSVP for this event so we can provide a head count to our host.   Click here NOW to let us know we will see you!

A special edition of GACC Chamber After Hours

Thursday, March 9, 5-7pm
Loudon Crest Farms/Warner's Pure Maple Syrup

It's the peak of the maple syrup season - and a great opportunity for an educational Business After Hours gathering at the Loudon Crest Farms sugar shack!  Come join fellow Chamber members and see maple syrup making in process.  Family and friends are welcome to join us at this informal and educational networking event.  Note:  this is a working farm so dress for the occasion! Please RSVP here for an accurate headcount.


Granville Gourmet Whoopie pies celebrates TEN YEARS! Congratulations to longtime GACC member Trish Newcomb of Granville Gourmet Whoopie Pies.  Trish has been delighting the tastebuds of people all over the country with her delectable treats for a decade now.  Congrats, Trish, and we look forward to many more years of amazing treats! Learn more about Trish and Granville Gourmet Whoopie Pies at (pssssst...for anyone who mentions they saw this will receive a 10% discount on their next order!)

Debi Walker-Yost appointed as Village Planner! After serving in an acting capacity the past year, Debi Walker-Yost has officially been appointed Granville's Village Planner. Debi has served Granville in the capacity of Planning & Zoning Assistant for over six years. Congratulations, Debi!  Granville is lucky to have you.

"Feed the Dream" collects over two tons of food and more than $9000! The Granville community came out in full force yet again to participate in "Feed the Dream" on Martin Luther King Day. Over 250 volunteers staffed the event, and the Food Pantry Network of Licking County was the benefactor of the event.  Learn more about its success here.

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Granville Art Walk, Saturday, March 4, Misc Times Throughout the Day, Downtown Granville.  Join us for the newest Granville event - the monthly Art Walk!  A full agenda of displays, performances, and experiences will be available for download from the week before the event.  Enjoy live music, have a creative experience at a local business, and enjoy culinary arts specials from downtown restaurants.  See for complete details!

Bryn Du Art Exhibition, March 15-29, Bryn Du. The Bryn Du Art Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition featuring current works by regional professional and non-professional artists sponsored by the Village of Granville in conjunction with grants from the Ohio Arts Council and the Granville Arts Council. It is held each Spring at the historic Bryn Du Mansion in Granville, Ohio. Get more information HERE.

Buckeye Valley BIA Home & Garden Show, March 17-19, Bryn Du. For the 38th year, you can enjoy top quality exhibits, insightful demonstrations and more. Visitors will discover thousands of smart, stylish and cost-effective ways to design or renovate a home - including ideas on the latest in cabinetry and countertops, flooring, sunrooms and additions, basement finishing, waterproofing, smart home automation, energy efficient windows, exterior products and more. Get full details HERE .

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