Graduations, weddings and Mother's Day make May a jam-packed month with exciting occasions. Enjoy live music and join local artists and business owners in exploring gifts for those celebrations such as hand-made jewelry, palette paintings, and glass blown pieces and much more at the Artwalk on May 3 from 5 to 10 p.m.

The monthly Artwalk, created by the independent artists and galleries that participate, features one-of-a-kind art and collectibles for purchase as well as art openings, gallery shows, demonstrations and interactive art. The term "walk" is used loosely as "art walkers" can enjoy riding from destination to destination on a trolley provided by the city of Akron. With so much to see and do, it's no surprise that the monthly Artwalk is one of the hottest nights out in Akron.

"The Artwalk is a truly accessible experience; it's a perfect night for families with small children or teens, a fabulous romantic night out, a great time with friends or a wonderful adventure alone," said Suzie Graham, president of Downtown Akron Partnership. "The artists and galleries are welcoming to people of all ages and all levels of artistic knowledge and experience."

May highlights include:

At Zeber-Martell Clay Studio and Gallery view the brand new photographic exhibit by Akron photographer Chris Coffey. Chris works exclusively with large format cameras and employs a slow contemplative approach to the photographic art form. He stalks his subject matter-sometimes for years-to really learn about it before attempting to photograph an image.

On the second floor of the Summit Artspace Innovation Imagination and Rubber City Theatre Co. presents improv theatre starting at 7:30 p.m. Enjoy monologues, dance, art and the most intellectual crowd this side of the Mason Dixon.

Paintings and jewelry are not the only forms of art to be observed during this unique May Artwalk. At the 43 Furnace Street Complex enjoy classical, jazz, Latin American and popular music by flutist Angela Galestro and guitarist Jonathan Smith or groove in the Alley with The Alley Cats jazz quartet. Visit Rachel Gentner's Palladian Palette and dance as "Erin LaSala and Dancers" conduct a contact improvisation performance with music. Relish the rhythm of Rachel Roberts and savor the pulled pork sandwiches at Stew Pot Kitchen and don't forget about Noah Shull and Long Tall Deb at Jilly's Music Room.

Citizens of greater Akron also are invited to take part in the Chalk Walk on Main Street between Exchange and Cedar from 5 to 7 p.m. Join local artists and create murals with chalk on the sidewalks to enhance the beautification of the city.