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Spring Art Walk 🎨

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Downtown Ryan Street

  • Presented By: The Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA
  • Dates: May 8, 2021
  • Location: Downtown Ryan Street
  • Time: 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Admission: Free
Updated 5.3.21


Saturday, May 8, 2021 / 3-7pm
Downtown Lake Charles

The Art & Humanities Council of SWLA and CSE Federal Credit Union are elated to bring back the Spring Art Walk to Downtown Lake Charles! On Saturday, May 8, from 3 pm to 7 pm, the majority of Downtown Ryan Street will be home to open-air art markets, art wars, entertainment, popup galleries, and more. This is a free event for the public. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed, such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and crowd size monitoring.

Meet some of the Local Talent!

Performing Arts - Drama:
With the Art Walk being one of the first big events here in over a year, I wanted to speak with a few people about what they would be sharing with the community. I had the pleasure of speaking with Kelli Cooley of Barbe High School’s drama club, as her students are set to perform a portion of their spring production. Kelli discussed with me a bit of what her drama students had been missing this past year, as they have not had many opportunities to perform. I asked Kelli what drama club meant to her students at Barbe, and the response I got blew me away. Within one day, Kelli spoke with many of her students and asked them something I had asked her—what had been the feedback from students about being back in drama club? Each response was unique to the student that answered, but the theme remained the same. These students were desperate to join together and perform as a family again, to gain a bit of normalcy. They all expressed how blessed and excited they were for even the smallest opportunity to work together and put on a show for the community, to give people a reason to smile again. I’ve been a part of several productions, and I know what it’s like giving that last performance on the last night. As the lights go up and the curtain closes, it’s bittersweet knowing that it’s the end.

Humanities - Author:
I also spoke with local author Shawna Boudreaux, who will be featuring her novels at the Art Walk. As a writer myself, I was super excited to hear of an author getting the chance to feature her works at this event. I usually hear about lots of artwork (and the art is always incredible!), but I don’t always see novels being presented here. As I spoke with Shawna, who writes under the pen name of SG Boudreaux, I learned that she had been the only author to present at the last Art Walk in 2019. Even through everything that has happened in the past few years, Shawna has homeschooled her three children and has managed to publish six books, with five of them being published on her own. If you want clean and fun fiction reading, check out her books! I continue to be amazed at the talent we have here in town, and I can’t express enough how excited I am to see all that this year’s Art Walk will have to offer.

Support SWLA!
That’s just a snippet of what we’ll be seeing at the Art Walk this year! Living in Lake Charles my whole life, I have seen what our city has to give. I’ve seen beautiful creations born out of struggle, and art built from broken pieces. I feel in my heart that the creations this year will be unique and one of a kind. I remember something truly special being made after Hurricane Laura, taken from the broken glass of the Capital One building downtown. People began making jewelry from these pieces, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like that before. We could carry those with us and see our reflections as a reminder that we’re still here. A hurricane may have knocked those pieces out, but those pieces were still there. Everything at the Art Walk can serve as a reminder to us as well.

So, take your children, your parents, anyone and everyone, and come support the community at this year’s Art Walk on May 8, 3 - 7 p.m. on downtown Ryan Street. 

Participating Venues:
Luna'sOlive & IndigoCorner MarketPure Press JuiceryStellar Beans/Yoga Center of Lake Charles, Gophr, Buffi's Peaux BoysBespoke Hat/Salon Lindsay, PapersmithThe Parlor HouseTia Juanita'sBotsky’sAlexander Art Studio, and Barbers on Broad.

Spring Art Walk Map 2021