April 05, 2010

Alive After 5 Art Walk in downtown Natchitoches on April 9

On Friday, April 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Natchitoches Main Street Program will present an art walk as part of the Alive After 5 series of events. The art walk will take place on the south end of Front Street where area artists will be displaying artwork for sale and providing artist demonstrations.

Children will have the opportunity to create their own finger painting master piece at the art walk. In addition, there will be a wine tasting, live jazz music by Luke Brouillette and friends and downtown merchants will be open late for shopping.

The Natchitoches National Historic Landmark District has been designated as one of Louisiana’s Cultural Districts, which means qualifying art work will be tax exempt to buyers at the Alive After 5 Art Walk.

Artists’ exhibit spaces are available at no cost but must be reserved in advance by contacting the Main Street Office at 352-2746. Exhibit forms are also available at the Natchitoches Art Guild and Gallery located on Front Street.

Alive After 5 is a six month series of evening events taking place in the Natchitoches Historic District. The series includes art events, concerts, theatre and other cultural activities.

All events are free to the public and tourists and residents alike are encouraged to become more engaged in downtown arts and culture. Additional Alive After 5 events will be held on May 22, June 12 and July 4.

Alive After 5 is supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. Additional funding is provided by the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission.

For more information about Alive After 5, call the Main Street Office at (318) 352-2746 or toll free at (866) 941-MAIN.

By: Leslie Smith, Main Street Manager, City of Natchitoches