From our friends over in Monroe/West Monroe. Check out what’s happening at the last crawl for 2017….
The Downtown Gallery Crawl’s 10th Anniversary celebration will continue Thursday, December 7th! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see wonderful art while enjoying great, local food and listening to live music throughout nine galleries in downtown Monroe and West Monroe. All ages are invited to the party, 5-9 pm!
There will be food trucks/tents and a booth for the new Crawl Companions—the new “friends group” that will help to keep the Crawl a free event. At each Crawl during this anniversary year, there will be new swag for Crawl Companions and other fans of the Crawls. You’ll love the new Crawl logo designed by Jason Byron Nelson!
To kick things off, the “Byway Blues” driving tour will be revealed at the Garrett House! This photo and video exhibit will spotlight several musicians/venues and their significance to Northeast Louisiana Blues. Outside, cuddle up next to the fire pits and keep warm with Castor and Chicory’s fresh beignets and hot chocolate while Twin City Roots and Joel Jordan are sure to entertain, playing live blues on the front porch. The Garrett House will also have children’s holiday craft activities, so bring the whole family!
Haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet? Sugar Gallery artists will deck the walls with new works that could be perfect for a friend or loved one! December’s show will include Leah Reitzell’s new series of colorful, interpretive, Louisiana native Whitetail Deer, Melanie Douthit’s “Vintage Label” paintings and ink drawings, nature photography by Burg Ransom and Scott Stone, and Doug Breckenridge’s architectural oil paintings. Also enjoy handmade lamps by Chris D. Cox and unique buttons and jewelry by Lisa Harp with Harp Strings Jewelry. Sugar Gallery’s guest artist is high school student Arielle Douthit with her unique ink drawings. Tasty treats will be provided by Patrice Reppond from “Sweet P. Sweets.”
Next door, curator of The Downtown Gallery Rick Sikes is proud to present North Louisiana artist Caroline Youngblood. Youngblood’s use of dreamy colors and loose brushwork in “Louisiana Magnolia: Southern Entitlement” is sure to hold your gaze.
The Big Room will have an “Open Studio” exhibiting works in progress along with finished paintings, photography and mixed media pieces of resident artists Anna Rowan, Jenny Ellerbe, Leigh Buffington, Emily Caldwell. New resident artist Amanda Roe will exhibit her paintings and mixed media work as well. Also in The Big Room will be nature-inspired jewelry, the specialty of Amy Ouchley, and ceramic pieces by Alyssa Guidry Posey.
Across the river on West Monroe’s Antique Alley, Rumo’s Gallery will feature works by local artist Rachel Barnes. Barnes’ colorful figurative paintings draw inspiration from her twin sister Rebekah Barnes’ writings. RUMO’S Gallery is curated by Austin Bantel and hosted by owners Russell and Morgan Moore.
Two galleries are partnering with The Masur Museum (through its Alt-Ex program) to present two special projects this December! The first will be an installation in The Upstairs Gallery of graffiti tags and oil paintings by Allen Spurlock. Some may remember Spurlock’s mural from Outside In, a 2012 exhibition at the Masur Museum.
The second Alt-Ex project will be an installation of images at The Outside Gallery from Julian Montague’s Secondary Occupants series. Julian Montague is a Buffalo, N.Y.-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. He employs his design, illustration, and photography skills in a series of art projects that explore the peripheral features of the domestic and urban environment. He is best known for a project in which he developed a system of classification for stray shopping carts. His book, The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification, was published in 2006 by Abrams Books.
Next, crawl on over to ARENDER studio + gallery for vibrant, abstract works by Joey Slaughter in his show “Everyone is the busiest person in the world.” Slaughter explains, “I wonder how a simple conversation is absorbed between people, how they’re connected, and what the conversational wavelengths would look like. The main idea is to create abstractions from conversations if you could see sound waves from analogue and digital devices passing through and around people. I imagine it to be very chaotic, yet beautiful.”
The Palace Gallery, curated by Jarod Stokes, wraps up our list with its annual makers-focused Gifts Show! This exhibit will truly celebrate artisans and makers and will be a perfect opportunity to do some Christmas shopping.
The artists of the Downtown Arts Alliance, as well as their appreciative public, sincerely thank the always-generous DAA sponsors, especially Sunquest Properties, Louisiana Pain Care, Creed and Creed Law Firm, Fiesta Nutrition Center/The Good Earth Salad Bar, Cross Keys Bank, Lavalle Salomon Law office, Dr. Terry Tugwell, Bayou Roux Restaurant, Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, Masur Museum of Art, Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, Sir Speedy, the News-Star, KEDM Public Radio, DeltaStyle, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Choice Brands and Marsala Beverage. Sponsorships are still available. For information on levels of support and benefits, see the organization’s website at www.downtowngallerycrawl.com and Facebook page.
The next Downtown Gallery Crawl will be Thursday, February 1, 2018, when the galleries will continue to celebrate their tenth year of entertaining their neighbors.