Easels set up at the Spring Art Walk in Downtown Hattiesburg last year were open for artists of any age and skill level to showcase their artistic talents. This year, the Spring Art Walk is to be held Saturday, April 11 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. -Kara Davidson
The Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association (HHDA) will host the Spring Art Walk April 11 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in downtown Hattiesburg.
The Spring Art Walk is one of several art walks held in downtown Hattiesburg each year and will feature a variety of entertainment, including the artwork of several local artists, exhibits, open houses and live music in downtown galleries and businesses and throughout the streets.
“Spring Art Walk is a kick-off for the spring season downtown,” HHDA director Andrea Saffle said in a press release. “We want to welcome people back to downtown, who have been cooped up all winter, as well as show off some of the new and exciting shops, restaurants and clubs, highlighting a thriving arts community that exists downtown.”
Co-owner of Main Street Books Diane Shepherd said her business is always involved in the downtown art walks and it is an event her business, along with the other businesses downtown, looks forward to.
“We love the art walk simply because it brings so many people to the downtown community,” Shepherd said. “We always have the opportunity to meet so many new people – that is what we look forward to.”
Saffle explained that HHDA expanded the Art Walk so that there is something for everyone.
“We are really trying to promote the art scene in Hattiesburg,” Saffle said. “Whether it’s art, music or dance, there will be a way for everyone to get involved.”
In addition to local art and galleries on display, there will be a smART art program for children in Bianchi’s Pizzeria, Grand Ballroom dancing with free lessons in the Carter Building and The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Dance will be in screening “Dance for Camera” in the space where Click Boutique was located on Main Street as well.
Also, Shepherd said she will host a pottery demonstration in Main Street Books where people can have the opportunity to come and learn to use a pottery wheel.
Downtown shops and galleries will open for their normal hours on Saturday with extended hours into the evening and most downtown restaurants will be open for business as well.