Eleven galleries welcome guests Thursday night for a holiday art crawl in downtown Monroe and West Monroe. The evening features artist talks and live music at several venues as part of the celebration. "It's a variety of holiday art, from paintings to sculpture, even jewelry" says Downtown Arts Alliance Communications Consultant Ann Bloxom Smith.
The crawl welcomes two new member galleries in this event - Hamilton House and Sacred Expressions. They join The River Gallery on Trenton Street in West Monroe. On Art Alley in Monroe, the MAD gallery hosts an exhibit from singer/songwriter Doug Duffey. "Doug is a member of the Louisiana Hall of Fame and the National Blues Hall of Fame. Beyond his music, he's also a serious multi-genre visual artist" Smith said.
Upstairs Gallery celebrates five years with the OG (Original Gangsta) Show. Including works from founding members Emily Caldwell, Jason Byron Nelson, and Anna Schriefer. Their works include sculpture, oil painting, collage, and mixed media pieces. Arender Studios welcomes an exhibit by Louisiana Tech art professor Joey Slaughter titled Making/Decisions. Art Alley also houses the Big Room, Sugar, and Downstairs Galleries.
The Palace Gallery presents it's fourth annual Christmas gifts show. The gallery also presents the work of Tommy Matthews. Smith said, "Tommy's painting are unique artsy-illustrated decorations." The Palace and Luna Blue Yoga Studio and Gallery are located on DeSiard Street. Live music is presented at several galleries as part of the celebration. The crawl is open from 5-9 p.m.