The historic heart of the city will be awash in artists, dancers, interactive art projects, movies and more at the next Downtown Tyler ArtWalk Saturday, April 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. around the downtown square.
“ArtWalk has become one of Tyler’s favorite events,” said Beverly Abell of the City of Tyler Main Street Department. “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.”
Abell added that ArtWalk is a free event, and the public is invited and encouraged to come and take part in the event.
“We have heard over and over that the public wants to see the arts continue to flourish in our downtown area,” Abell said. “In order for that to happen, we must see people attend and support these events.”
More than 20 artists will have booths at the event, and their artwork will be available for purchase. Their booths will be located both indoors and outdoors throughout the area. Maps will be available at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin.
Artists are selected for participation via a juried process. Those chosen to participate on April 5 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.
Various participating groups will add to the attractions. Representatives of the East Texas Fiber Arts group will be on hand to guide visitors through the current “Color and Texture” fiber arts exhibit at Gallery Main Street. In addition, 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.
Visitors will also have the chance to participate in the art by helping with creation of a “mosaic” wall of sticky tabs on the outer window of Gallery Main Street.
FLYKiDS will perform their popular hip-hop routines both on stage at the T.B. Butler plaza and via dance flash mobs throughout downtown. A Spoken Word event will occur at 6:30 p.m. at 119 W. Erwin (the old Booterie building). Those who would like to share their original poetry, prose or other forms of spoken word may register just prior to the event at the site.
The Downtown Tyler Film Festival will present some of last year’s winning films in Gallery Main Street, including some locally made and produced projects.
Salon Verve will participate with a special exhibit and a “Meet the Artist” event. David Wallace’s popular “Art Lab” interactive exhibit will also be available in the east 100 Block of Erwin. As always, live music will be part of the event.
The Downtown Tyler ArtWalk is a volunteer-led project of the City of Tyler Main Street Department, the Heart of Tyler, and the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition.
“We want to give a very special tip of the hat to our host venues,” 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 http://www.cityoftyler.org/Departments/MainStreet/GalleryMainStreet.aspx or (903) 593-6905.