Art Hop showcases local creative flair, small businesses (November 19, 2012, The Alligator)

Gainesville residents gathered at Thornebrook Village and Millhopper Square on Friday for an evening of cheese spreads, chocolate wine and creativity at the Uptown Art Hop.

Nine stores ranging from art galleries to chocolate shops kept their doors open until 9 p.m. for Gainesville residents to socialize, check out local artists and wander the area.

“That’s one of the reasons for the Art Hop: to make people more comfortable with art and make it nonthreatening,” said David Arrighi, owner of Thornebrook Gallery. “They can come in, have a glass of wine and talk about what they see. Maybe it will spark something.”

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