Annual Spring Art Walk set for Friday (with map)

By By Cliff Seiber / American Press

Live music, original fine and graphic

art, dance, drumming, good food and even Pueblo pottery and scenes of

the old West are

just some of the examples of cultural experiences that abound in

Southwest Louisiana, all to be showcased as Spring Art Walk

2013 unfolds in downtown Lake Charles on Friday evening.

“Art Walk shows the diverse and vibrant arts scene that is available in downtown Lake Charles,” Erica McCreedy, executive

director of the sponsoring Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana, said.

The annual cultural spectacular will be run 5-9 p.m., with galleries, shops, restaurants and unconventional venues opening

their doors to the public, many providing welcoming refreshments and entertainment.

Debuting this year at the

ever-expanding frolic are a kids’ art battle, a “pub crawl,” bright

knitted yarn adornments on light

poles, Outdoor Art Market and low-cost pedicabs to carry visitors

along the “walk,” practically from I-10 to Sallier Street.

Participants range from Pryce Street to the 1600 block of Ryan.

“Due to its popularity, Art Walk

continues to grow with more participants and more viewers,” Aimee

Herbert, community development

director of the Arts and Humanities Council, said.

McFarlane’s Celtic Pub will provide the Tartan Pedicabs service with rickshaw-type bikes to pedal art walkers from venue to

venue at a nominal fee, she said.

A students’ version of the annual Art

Battle is being introduced for youngsters in fourth through eighth

grades. Teams will

compete in front of the 1911 Historic City Hall Arts &

Cultural Center at 1001 Ryan St. The adult version, a highlight of

Art Walk every year, will be staged in the 700 block of Ryan

Street.

The YarnStormers’ knitting needles have been clicking to create brightly colored covers for the downtown light poles.

The pub crawl, to promote the thirst-quenchers and food and entertainment establishments in downtown Lake Charles, will have

new creations such at the “Artini” and drink specials until 11 p.m., she said.

Comic book illustrators are joining in this year with the colorful and dramatic “Pow! Bam! Zap!” works.

“There will be plenty of surprise public art and installation pieces,” she said.

If you go

• A complete list of venues, events and artists are listed at http://artsandhumanitiesswla.org. Entry forms for the adult and

kids art battles are on the Web site.

Most activities are free, and many entertainment businesses are without cover charges.

Spring Art Walk Map by American Press