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The 8th annual Midtown Art Walk seeks to bring members of the art community together with merchants in the midtown area to help promote Reno's economy and art culture.

The event, which will be held July 28 from 4 to 9 p.m., will showcase over 70 merchants within a mile-long stretch from 445 S. Virginia St. to 1311 S. Virginia St. Event maps will be available at Living Stones Church and Junkee Clothing Exchange.

New to the Midtown Art Walk this year are Fountain of Youth, Piñon Bottle and Noble Pie Parlor at Midtown. Since the inaugural event in 2008, the number of merchants involved has jumped from 10 to 71.

"We're very excited to get involved with the Art Walk this year," said Ryan Goldhammer of Noble Pie Parlor. "This kind of event is the perfect way to support new, local business such as ours."

This year's Midtown Art Walk will also host a live mural contest that will take place behind Junkee Clothing Exchange and feature street muralists Joe C. Rock and Erik Burke.

Meet the artists

Rock is a fine art muralist who specializes in street art, graffiti, cartooning and realism. He is known for his murals located around Midtown. Rock has also showcased his art at the Sierra Arts Foundation and in Los Angeles.

Burke is an international artist who has been published in "Street Art: The Best Urban Art from Around the World," "Outdoor Gallery," "Street Art New York," as well as the Huffington Post and the New York Times.

Pieces from over 85 artists will be on display, featuring art in the mediums of creative writing and poetry, dance, interactive, multimedia, painting and watercolor, photography and sculpture.

Music and more

Live music will be presented by The Holland Project in the form of "The Showcase," a youth music event hosted at Bad Apple Vntg. from 6 to 9 p.m. "The Showcase" is a youth music event that includes performances by the bands Pry, Just Guys Being Dudes and Snack.

"Each of these young bands rule, and we know the Bad Apple stop at the Midtown Art Walk is going to be high energy, a ton of fun and definitely memorable." said Britt Curtis, Director of The Holland Project.

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) will offer free rides on RTC Rapid and Route 1, July 28 from 3 to 10 p.m. at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Lot A.

For more information about the Midtown Art Walk, visit www.midtownartwalk.com.

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