April 07, 2010

Stroll Front Street this Friday at the Alive After 5 Art Walk

The Natchitoches Main Street Program will continue the Alive After 5 program on Friday, April 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a downtown art walk.

The art walk will take place on the south end of Front Street from Church Street to Trudeau. Over 15 artists will be displaying demonstrating and selling unique works of art such as pine needle art and baskets, batiks, pottery, paintings, photography, wire art and much more.

Children will also have the opportunity to create their own finger painting master piece at the art walk. In addition, there will be a wine tasting by On Cloud Wine and live jazz music by Luke Brouillette. Of course, downtown shops and restaurants will be open for the public’s enjoyment.

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.

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