The Downtown Arts Alliance is hosting this year's first Downtown Gallery Crawl on Thursday, February 6, from 6 - 9 p.m. The event provides a free and fun environment for the community to interact with, observe, and learn about fine art while continuing to revitalize our downtowns.
Visitors are encouraged to begin their journey through the crawl in downtown Monroe where they can grab a passport booklet and collect a stamp from all ten galleries. Upon completing the passport, it can be traded in for a slice of cheesecake at Copeland's or a Crawl merchandise booth for a discount.
The Monroe galleries include regular favorites like Art Alley's Big Room and the Upstairs with exhibits featuring chickens, fresh produce, screen printing, and more. Across the street, the Palace Gallery will honor February's Black History Month.
Emerald McIntyre, press chair for DAA, says of the exhibit, "The group of artists that are exhibiting this time are called the Black Creative Circle. Many of them will give artist talks, explain the inspiration and technique used for their creations, and discuss their purpose for joining the Circle. "
To get to the West Monroe galleries, there will be a shuttle service that runs between the two locations. One of the galleries, the Hamilton House, is debuting their space at Antique Alley and showing "Art is Theft" with works from South African artist, Celeste Potgieter.
In celebration of the Mardi Gras season, the galleries and local food trucks will provide their a wide variety of food, drinks, and music along with a special treat: King Cake.
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