A Columbia Saturday offering perfect spring weather made an ideal setting for the second annual Cottontown Art Crawl.

The historic neighborhood also known as Bellevue between Main and Bull streets north of Elmwood Avenue welcomed visitors and artists from all over the area for the event, with businesses and residents’ front porches turning into art studios for the day.

A self-guided walking tour, available online and via free physical maps, led visitors to 33 stops throughout the neighborhood, each with artists displaying and selling original works.

“It’s such a pretty day, and we just love seeing what talented artists can do and supporting them when we can,” said Natalie Porter as she and her family strolled through Cottontown.

Others, including City Councilman Sam Davis, chose to rent bicycles to go exploring the community and checking out the art.

Local restaurants from War Mouth to the Vino Garage to Indah Coffee, Taste of the South and more were open to offer meals, drinks and snacks for the art lovers.

More information on Cottontown businesses and future events is available at cottontown.us.

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