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Downtown Gallery Crawl

By Melanie Moffett
In Bayou Scene
Apr 28th, 2015

The seven galleries which comprise the Downtown Gallery Crawl threw open their doors April 2 for the first art gallery event of the Spring. And in keeping with tradition, the annual River Jam was held that night to cap off the evening.

Strolling from gallery to gallery visitors took in artwork by some of the region’s best-loved artists while also gaining exposure to a few up-and-comers, as well. A themed exhibition spanning two galleries—UPSTAIRS and The Big Room—honored the works of Louisiana native and Virginia poet Ferrell Mercer. Caroline Youngblood returned to the Gallery Crawl with an exhibition of new works at MAD Gallery. Meanwhile, across the Ouachita at the River Gallery, Marlen Waters debuted a new collection titled “Live, Love, Laugh, Letter and Paint.”

The Downtown Gallery Crawl is one of the most popular recurring events downtown, and it brings together a diverse cross-section of the Monroe art, business and social communities.