Each year on the last Friday in April, the Arts Council of SWLA and the City of Lake Charles brings Spring Art Walk to downtown Lake Charles. This free event concentrates the Lake Area arts community into a few square blocks of the Charlestown Cultural District as a way to draw the public into downtown businesses while supporting the local art scene.
Coffee shops, salons, restaurants, and even vacant buildings are turned into pop-up galleries for the evening, and the 600-1000 blocks of Ryan Street are full of live music and arts performances, food trucks, the annual Art War, and an outdoor art market. Venues also offer drink specials, demonstrations, after parties, and giveaways.
The popular Art War challenges adult and student teams to create a mural in one hour in front of a live audience, and the public chooses the winning team by depositing tips into their favorite team’s tip jar. Mediums and styles range from ink and brush to traditional oil and acrylic will be used as the audience gets to watch the entire creation process.
Maps of participating locations and artists are at each venue during the event.
Historic City Hall (1001 Ryan St):
1st floor – Artisans Gallery
2nd floor – PAN: A Graphic Arts Time Capsule of Avant Garde Europe 1895-1900
3rd floor – National Geographic’s Rarely Seen Photographs
Performance by F.G. Bulber Youth Orchestra
1910 Restaurant & Wine Bar (949 Ryan St):
Pujo St. Café (901 Ryan St):
Amanda Bebee, Steve Whatley, Katherine Petty, Julie Groth, Evan Johnson, Jody Breiert, Jamar Simien, Jonathan Nutt, Greta Painter, Kevin Leveque, Lyd Walls, Candice Alexander
Salon Mixx (316 Pujo St):
Chad Whited Creative Photography
Salon Mixx Team Hair Show
The Villa (324 Pujo St):
Botsky’s (104 Pujo St):
The Petite Matisse (children’s art – ages 3-11)
Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank (844 Ryan St):
McNeese Visual Art students
Sloppy’s Downtown (329 Broad St):
Abigail Derouen, Alex Landry, Morgan Allain, Daneisha Davis, Erik Jessen, Shawn Ardabili, Charles Ritter, Chris Walkin, John Davis, Donald Buckner, Lyd Walls, Erin Corcoran, Victoria Henson, Maggie Gregory
Stellar Beans (319 Broad St):
Kelly McDevit, Tademy Photography
The Round About (311 Broad St):
Goldband Records exhibit (courtesy of Music Museum of SWLA)
Vinyl tunes from Paul Dufrene of Platter Playlists
3b & e Marketing (727 Ryan St):
Jason Carroll of Monsour’s Photography
Video production segments by Hal Comeaux (Cabana Media)
Luna Live (710 Ryan St):
Jeremy Price, Danny Allain, Morgan Allain, Heather Boston, Emilio Hidalgo, Phillip Conner
SHOP 706 (706 Ryan St):
Olive and Indigo
Performances from Young Band Nation
Blue Dog Café (609 Ryan St):
Cedar Bough Fine Birdhouses
Haute Couture Salon (601 Ryan St):
Body and makeup art by Angela Hoff, Rachel Fast, and Angel LeBlanc
Outdoor Art Market, located on 800 block of Ryan Street:
featuring works from Pixel & Ink Creative, Ink.House Design Co., All Made Up Face Painting, Marisa Getz Photography, Le Jardin Familial, JM Designs, Rock Paper Silver, Harry’s Happy Tails, Heather Arsement Photography, Wind & Sun Reflections, The Inkling Girl, Abstracts by Lyd, Sharp Art, Crafty Panda Creations, Snake & Monkey Studios, Naquin’s Woodworks, Southern Draw Portrait Works, El&L Embroidery and Vintage, Wehner Glass, Lake Charles Photos, Street of Dreams: Art by Jenga, Southern Strait Clothing, Pastel Puddin’ Projects, Moss & Magnolia Boutique, Street Art by Charles, K. Petty Prints, Alex Landry Art, Debbie Wilfer Pottery, and more!
Indoor space at Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank: readings from local authors of the Bayou Writers Group, Coushatta Dancers, and the Lake Area Ballet Theatre presents “JUKEBOX”, a showstopping performance bringing audience members back to the 50’s when Fonzi and the gang got together at the diner!
Ryan & Broad Street outdoor space: KC Productions performs musical numbers from upcoming production of Rock of Ages, fire-dancing from the International Dance Co, local acoustic musicians, and more!
For more information, call the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787 or visit www.artscouncilswla.org
Check out a video of the Art Wars challenge by Parker Brand Creative!