A brand new art show will make its debut in downtown Huntsville this Friday.

Dubbed the Downtown Art Walk, the show will feature 13 different local artists showcased in 10 merchants’ stores around downtown. A walking map of the show will be available at the gazebo on the corner of 12th Street and University Avenue.

“The whole intent is to bring people downtown, give them a reason to visit the area and see some good local art,” said Harold Hutcheson, program manager for Huntsville Main Street, one of the event’s sponsors. “At the same time we’re hoping they will go into shops they’ve never been into and become more familiar with the area.”

The works on display will include watercolor and oil paintings, sculpting as well as some jewelry and photography.

Hutcheson said, depending on the turnout, the Downtown Art Walk could turn into a quarterly event.

Downtown growing

Downtown has seen significant growth recently, with five new businesses opening their doors in the latter half of 2006 and three new occupants since the start of 2007.

The most recent opening is McAdams Antiques and Collectibles replacing Avalon Antiques. Co-owners Virginia Stanley and Shirley Johnson had been vendors at Avalon Antiques for about five years and when the owner’s lease went up, they decided to take a crack at running their own shop.

“We just bit the bullet and decided to take it over ourselves,” Stanley said.

The shop has only been open periodically due to painting and such but will have regular hours after the grand opening scheduled for Saturday.

“We’re tired but excited,” Stanley said.

McAdams Antiques and Collectibles has a wide variety of items including antique clocks and sewing machines, English oak, vintage linens and Western iron.