Downtown Tyler ArtWalk to feature many types of art

Published on Thursday, 3 April 2014 23:35 - Written by From Staff Reports

This weekend’s Downtown Tyler ArtWalk will feature artists, dancers, interactive art projects, movies and more, the city of Tyler announced.

The event is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the downtown square. 

“ArtWalk has become one of Tyler’s favorite events,” Beverly Abell, of the city of Tyler Main Street Department, said. “We began this event in December of 2009 and ArtWalk has continually grown in number of artists, activities, amount of artwork and audience, and we anticipate this Saturday’s ArtWalk to be no exception.”

There is no admission cost for the ArtWalk, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.

“We have heard over and over that the public wants to see the arts continue to flourish in our downtown area,” Ms. Abell said. “In order for that to happen, we must see people attend and support these events.”

More than 20 artists will have booths, and people will be able to purchase their artwork. There will be indoor and outdoor booths, and maps will be available at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St.

Artists who were chosen to participate via a juried process are: Valeria Barnhill, mixed media; Jeremy Bartlett, glass; Richard Burrows, mixed media; Brandon Cary, ink; Suzan Chapman, jewelry; Vickie Fears, oil; Jessie Glenn, acrylic; Penny Holley, clay; Joan Iverson, stoneware; Holly Izard, acrylic; Dick Johns, acrylic; Dace Kidd, mixed media; Morgan Kilpatrick, mixed media; Bobby Lewis, spray paint with stencils; Eva Malevanskaya, acrylic; Sarah Miller, photography; Sylvia Morse, jewelry; Joel Nichols, mixed media; Cora Rountree, watercolor and ink; Leigha Sherman, mixed media; Connie Sherman, mixed media and Jean Smith, mixed media.

Additionally, East Texas Fiber Arts group representatives will be there to guide visitors through Gallery Main Street’s current “Color and Texture” fiber arts exhibit, and Artists Nation “is pairing with the ArtWalk to host interactive ‘clear’ walls to paint throughout the area.”

“The ‘walls’ will be made of clear plastic wrap that is wrapped around and between various downtown fixtures,” the news release states.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to help with the creation of “a “mosaic” wall of sticky tabs at Gallery Main Street.” 

FLYKiDS also is slated to perform their hip-hop routines on stage at the T.B. Butler Plaza and via dance flash mobs.

A spoken word event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at 119 W. Erwin St., and those who would like to share their original poetry, prose or other forms of spoken word may register before the event at the site. 

The Downtown Tyler Film Festival also will present films in Gallery Main Street, “including some locally made and produced projects,” according to a news release, and Salon Verve will participate with a special exhibit and a “Meet the Artist” event.

David Wallace’s “Art Lab” interactive exhibit also will be available in the 100 block of East Erwin Street. Live music is also part of the ArtWalk event. 

“We want to give a very special tip of the hat to our host venues,” Ms. Abell said. “Without their opening their doors and buildings to us, we could not have this fantastic event.” 

For more information on the Downtown Tyler ArtWalk, visit www.Down or call 903- 593-6905.