On Friday, April 24, from 5pm to 9pm, downtown Lake Charles will celebrate the Lake Area’s vibrant cultural community during the Arts Council of SWLA’s annual Spring Art Walk. This year’s free event focuses on creating a unique bazaar atmosphere through a full-force showcase of the arts, including the visual, theatrical, literary, and musical talents that make Lake Charles unique.
Coffee shops, businesses, restaurants, and other downtown spaces will be transformed into pop-up galleries for the evening, complete with street performers, art competitions, and an extensive outdoor art market. Residents and visitors will be able to tour historic downtown properties and businesses while enjoying refreshments and the best in Southwest Louisiana arts. Participating venues will offer drink specials, concessions, and giveaways, in conjunction with art exhibits and creative, interactive games and activities.
The Art War competitions, in which teams of adult and student artists compete to create a mural in one hour in front of a live audience, will make its highly anticipated return. Media and styles range from ink and brush to traditional oil and acrylic and even graffiti will be used as the audience gets to watch the entire creation process, and vote with tip money to choose the winners.
Participating venues, plus featured artists and performers, will be released closer to the event. Maps of participating locations and artists will be available on the Arts Council website as well as at each venue during Spring Art Walk.
Spring Art Walk is presented by the Arts Council of SWLA, the City of Lake Charles, and PPG Industries, with sponsorship from Volkswagen of Lake Charles, The Art Factory, Crying Eagle Brewing, CSE Federal Credit Union, Event Solutions, Image360, Knight Media Inc, Louisiana Radio Communications, and Redfish Rentals. For more information, visit www.artscouncilswla.org or call the Arts Council at (337) 439-2787.