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Downtown Gallery Crawl

By Melanie Moffett
In Bayou Scene
Jun 30th, 2015

The seven galleries comprised by the Downtown Gallery Crawl threw open their doors June 4 for the bi-monthly art crawl in downtown Monroe and West Monroe.

Strolling from gallery to gallery, visitors took in artworks by some of the region’s best-loved artists while also gaining exposure to a few up-and-comers, as well. ARENDER studio + gallery featured a retrospective of work by the talented Hilton Lyle. At The Big Room on Art Alley, Jason Byron Nelson was on-hand to sign and sell his new book, Robert. Next door, the UPSTAIRS gallery hosted a special joint show titled “From Here and There” by both Louisiana Tech and ULM art students.

In addition, some lucky art lovers were able to enjoy a special group of singers from “The Barber of Seville,” a comic opera by the Louisiana Opera, as they wandered down the streets and through some of the galleries.

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.