Do it in doMo!
Downtown Monroe is your destination for shopping, art, and entertainment. We have some of the best chefs in town and a lovely view of the Ouachita River. Experience the RiverMarket!
Downtown Monroe is home to several museums. Whether you enjoy art or history, you can find something of interest. For the children, the museums provide a fun and learning experience. Downtown Monroe also has an amazing compilation of art galleries filled with tasteful works from local, regional and national artists. Our art galleries display a variety of styles. The culture of the city can be clearly seen through these wonderful galleries and the superb pieces of art, which resemble the heart of their enthusiastic creators.
ARENDER Studio + Gallery
131 Art Alley
By appointment only: Ph 791-5115
Owned by professional photographer Brad Arender, this is an artist-run space delivering exceptional and original artworks created by some of North Louisiana's most talented artists.
The Becton Gallery
130 Art Alley
By appointment only: Ph 267-1634
Sure to inspire with the exposed brick walls and industrial piping, this gallery vibes with so much history that the space alone will have you feeling as if you have stepped out of the bounds of Monroe and into a trendy New Orleans setting.
Big Room Gallery
135 Art Alley
By appointment only: Ph 381-2110
Featuring resident artists Emily Caldwell, Rick Sikes,, Jon Aiken, and Robbie Jones, the Big Room also host guest artists, especially university students and other local talent, and often features live music.
137 Art Alley
By appointment only: Ph 282-5763
DOWNSTAIRS features resident artist Julie Pearson, as well as rotating feature exhibits with guest artists every two months. Artists’ talks are usually presented at 8 p.m. during Downtown Gallery Crawls.
222 S Grand St.
By appointment only. Ph 791-03071
This warm and inviting space on the Ouachita River is the studio of fine art and commercial photography produced by Joli Livaudais Grisham. The gallery’s schedule of guest artists and a description of the artwork currently on display available on their website. Artists' talks are generally at 6 pm during each Gallery Crawl.
The Palace Gallery
220 DeSiard St.
Ph 376-3952 or 347-7888
The Palace Gallery is “Revivin’ the heart and soul of Downtown Monroe through art, culture, and community.” Exhibits range from art by college students to children's art to special exhibits by area photographers. At some of the Gallery Crawls, guest artists do demonstrations of their work, such as throwing pots on a wheel or blowing glass.
135 Art Alley
By appointment only. Ph 322-1632
The Sugar Studio Gallery features work from resident artists Crystal and Scott Stone, Stacy Medaries, Leah Reitzell, Whitney Trisler, Burg Ransom (nature photography) and Diane Rosenberg (“rocks on” handcrafted jewelry).
135 Art Alley
By appointment only. Ph 381-2110
Artists Emily Caldwell, Robbie Jones, Rick Sikes, and Jon Aiken call this “UPSTAIRS” studio their home. Featured art includes mixed media assemblages and collages from Caldwell, sculptures and assemblages from Jones, and acrylic paintings/portraits from Sikes. Guest artists from area universities often exhibit here as well as other local artists.