Rebranded gallery crawl to return in 2017

Williamsburg's Gallery Crawl will take this year off, returning in 2017 with an enhanced experience, according to organizers.

For the past five years, the event has preceded An Occasion for the Arts, allowing guests to spend an evening "crawling" among local venues in the downtown area, interacting with artists, eating and drinking along the way. Last year's crawl attracted around 350 attendees to nearly 20 venues.

But Blue Talon Bistro general manager Adam Steely, involved with the crawl from its start, said the city's Economic Development Authority formerly operated the event, and "it was our goal to transfer that to something other than a government agency."

That transition began over past year, and Steely said The Catering Company took on the crawl as a nonprofit function.

"They are going to be the operating agent, although the nature of the event isn't going to change," Steely said.

He said the transition set planning behind.

The volunteer committee in charge of the "Art Crawl," as it's now called, decided to postpone the event and return stronger next year, Steely said.

He mentioned plans for an improved shuttle route, live music, outdoor movies projected onto buildings and more to "make it more of a celebration of art and entertainment, at the same time to kick off the Occasion weekend, than to try to rush it in a way that we weren't quite prepared to do."

Bridges can be reached by phone at 757-345-2342.

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