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Art Crawl Ties the Twin Cities Together

City of Monroe
The Downtown Gallery Crawl opens art galleries to the public.

There are many things that separate the cities of Monroe and West Monroe, but a love of art is one thing that unites the two. On Thursday, June 2 from 5-9 p.m. the Downtown Arts Alliance celebrates this common chord with the Downtown Gallery Crawl.

This month's crawl features seven galleries spanning the historic river fronts of both cities and promises some unique events. In addition to an exhibit of paintings by Arkansas native Jon Edelhuber, the Palace Gallery plays host to the second performance of the New Music on the Bayou Festival. Composers from around the world will be in attendance to hear local performers play new compositions.

The Upstairs Gallery houses an exhibit entitled "More Than Words" by a Ruston collective  known as the Women's Art Group (or WAG!).  The Big Room Gallery features two other Ruston natives, Louisiana Tech University Students Tess Stickney and Whitney Trisler.

The Arender Gallery presents an exhibition called "Humble Clay" by sculptor Emma Case Melville, who gives an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. The River Gallery, Louisiana's oldest and largest art co-ops, in addition to housing the works of over 30 artist, highlights the works of New Mexico native Debra Heard.

Combining the worlds of art and music, the Sugar Gallery features the photographs and decorated guitars of Scott Stone. Additionally the works of Leah Reitzal will join those of Mary Thompson and Malanie Douthit. For more information, visit the Downtown Gallery Crawl's website.

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