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We have big plans for Spring Art Walk 2017 and can’t wait to share!

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Outdoor Food Vendors / Outdoor Art Market

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.

For more information, call the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787 or visit

Congratulations to the 2016 Art War winners:
students of Our Lady’s Catholic School and Danielle Nester

Student winners - Our Ladys Catholic School

Adult winner - Danielle Nester
Click here for more 2016 event photos, courtesy of Parker Brand

2016 Exhibits and artists:

1) 1911 Historic City Hall (1001 Ryan St): Delle Bates Palette de Couleurs, Artisans Gallery Spring Exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samera

2) 1910 Restaurant & Wine Bar (949 Ryan St): Heather Ryan Kelley

3) Pujo St. Café (901 Ryan St): Julie Groth, Phillip Conner

4) Salon Mixx (316 Pujo St): Victoria Ridgeway & Anna Sprigg, Perspectives: Studies on Female Mentality

5) Botsky’s (104 Pujo St): Emily Martindale

6) Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank (844 Ryan St): McNeese art students


7) 311 Broad (311 Broad St): CC Designs, Sparrow Minded

8) Freedom Life Church (314 Broad St): Andrea Mount, Richard Buckley, Jeannie Thibodeaux, Sharon McHale

9) Stellar Beans (319 Broad St): SWLArt, group showing

10) Cotten’s Downtown (110 Broad St): Daniel Castro

11) Salon Lindsay (725 Ryan St): Bohemian Sol, Lakeyn Bunderson

12) Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp (723 Ryan St): Danielle Nester

13) Downtown Properties (721 Ryan St): Ben Von Duke

14) Luna Live (710 Ryan St): Jeremy Price, Lindsey Johnson, Alex Landry, and more

15) 706 Ryan St: Students of LCB Academy’s Talented Art Program

16) Cedar Chest Antiques (210 Division St): James Orellana

17) Vallier at Home (625 Ryan St): Associated Louisiana Artists/Gallery by the Lake

18) Blue Dog Café (609 Ryan St): Photography by Dominique Abshire, Stephan Darnutzer, and Daniel Deville

19) Haute Couture Salon (601 Ryan St): body artwork by Angela Hoff, with additional works by Greta Painter, John Martel, Megan Stevens, Sarah Judice, and Tom Moss

Outdoor Art Market
, located on 800 block of Ryan Street, features over 35 local artisan vendors, including Morgan Allain, Ally-Gator BookBites, Art Associates Gallery, Art’s Desire, Beard & Pen, Peggy Borel, Wendy Boyett, Desi Bruchhaus, Cajun Moon Jewelry, Erin Casteel, Daneisha Davis, Marisa Getz Photography, Glassical Creations, Maggie Gregory, Chris Huff, Le Jardin Familial, JM Designs, The Little Pearl, Maplewood Middle art students, Moss & Magnolia, Naquin’s Woodworks, Erica Nelson, Pelican Sunsets by Kristie Ford, Jacqueline and Johnny Segura, The Southern Pallet, Jazzmiin Taylor, and Wehner Glass, with face-painting by AllMadeUp, Essence of Whimsy, and Facepainting by Evelyn. 

Check out a video of the Art Wars challenge by Parker Brand Creative!