TYLER- Thursday’s Downtown Tyler ArtWalk will feature two new interactive projects along with exhibits by numerous East Texas artists.
ArtWalk, which is set for 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 in the downtown area, will feature original artwork by 17 artists, whose work include watercolor, photography, oil, acrylic, pottery and more. There will be nine downtown venues to visit, some with multiple artists at one location.
The interactive projects will be led by ArtWalk artists. Lauri Thomas, mixed media artist, will be guiding a collaborative art quilt project that everyone can participate in, with patches of the quilt available for purchase.
Joan Iverson, a clay artist, will be hosting a project where visitors of all ages can "make their mark" using texture and tools on clay tiles that will become colorfully glazed pieces of art. The mini artworks will then be sold at the next ArtWalk, held on June 14.
All profits from art demonstrations will be donated in support of ArtWalk.
Coinciding with ArtWalk will be the opening of a new Gallery Main Street exhibit, “The Graphic Impulse: Graphic Art, Illustration and the Art of Storytelling.” The exhibit begins Thursday and will continue through April 16.
“The name of this exhibit might lead one to believe it will only contain very literal graphics,” said Beverly Abell, department leader for the City of Tyler Main Street Department. “This show also represents storytelling and illustration just as much as it does graphics in the literal sense of that term.”
The evening will also feature a Guy Clark performance at Liberty Hall. At press time Monday, the show was all but sold out.
“We invite the public to come downtown to enjoy these wonderful arts events in downtown Tyler,” Abell said, noting that though a ticket is required for the Guy Clark concert, all ArtWalk exhibit venues will be open free of charge.
ArtWalk is a project of the City of Tyler Main Street Department, Heart of Tyler, and the Downtown Tyler Arts Coalition (DTAC). DTAC is an all-volunteer artist organization that works to promote the arts and artists in downtown Tyler.
Gallery Main Street is also a project of the City of Tyler, and its management is assisted by members of DTAC..
For more information on ArtWalk or the arts in downtown Tyler, go to www.downtowntylerarts.com or call (903) 593-6905.