Popular Artwalk Returns to Downtown Shreveport May 6; first stroll since Covid

Art, artists, food & drink specials and the popular History in Five and Sketch the City events will return to Downtown Shreveport on Thursday, May 6, 5-8 pm, for the first time in more than thirteen months. The 600- and 700-blocks of Texas Street will be the epicenter of the artwalk this month. The Lofts at 624, Artspace, Robinson Film Center, Parish Taceaux, Setting the Standard Barbering Academy, Abby Singer’s Bistro, Appli-K’s Embroidery and Gifts, SUSLA Museum of Art, Rhino Coffee and Sha’baby’s Cajun Cooking will all be on the stroll, along with artists and their one-of-a-kind works, art exhibits, food & drink specials, and more.

“Architect Mischa Farrell will be back with her popular Sketch the City program,” says DDA Executive Director Liz Swaine. “We provide the pencils and sketchpads and Mischa talks you through how to draw like a pro- you learn a lot about the architecture of downtown along the way!” “Another of my favorites is History in Five,” says Swaine. “Each month, we’ll have a short talk about one of the buildings or a special historic happening that took place in our artwalk ‘zone.’ The history of downtown is truly remarkable and people love to learn about everything that made us what we are today.”

Catch the Critical Mass 9 exhibit at artspace and then stroll to see a variety of unique artists. May’s participants include everything from painters and photographers to jewelry designers and tarot card readers: John Daniel, Kirsi Marja Hardy, Lauri & Tommy Wallace, Jay Marks, Bonnie Kirkley, Eric Francis, the winner of the Visual Arts portion of this year’s Critical Mass 9 exhibit, Tracey Prator, Betsy Levels, Connie Helaire Eaton, Isabelle de Vea Joya, Joshua Brittian, Deborah Fausto, Marijo Brown, Bianca Riggs (Tarot card mini-readings), & Adam King. The ‘Breaking Through the Barriers’ exhibit featuring works of artists Karen LaBeau, Whitney Tates and Yolanda Barnes will be closing that night at the Southern University Shreveport Museum of Art and you will be able to meet the artists who participated. Painter Linda Moss and photographer Art Nerio will round out the artwalk group.

Artwalk is all-ages friendly, is FREE to attend, and all on-street parking is FREE after 5 pm. We hope to see you downtown! For more information, go to: www.downtownshreveport.com/artwalk

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