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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
“Work selections for the Crawl can come from connections made at former shows or in our respective professional fields, through our artist network that the Downtown Arts Alliance has helped to build, [even digitally through social media]. Digital media is quickly changing the artistic landscape and changing the old ways of doing things. We look for artists that will exhibit work that will best align with the Crawl’s mission – to educate and expose our 318 community to fine art, in many different forms or mediums, at a free venue. ARENDER studio is always seeking to bring in something fresh that might push the envelope one Crawl or might uphold traditional artistic ideals the next. Supporting the artist community by guiding the narrative of our shows and bringing in the community to buy from local, regional and national artist…that’s what keeps us opening the doors 6 times a year for this event.
Every Crawl, about 20 minutes before it begins, I’m wondering why I do this…and then, when new faces show up, old faces are mingling on the street and in the galleries, and I look through social media the next day to read through the posts, or I see a photo of art hung on a wall that was previously bare, I remember how important a service we provide to the cultural environment of our community. The artists both in our local network and those we bring in from the outside have a great influence on the perceptions and understanding that our 318 folks have of art. Our goal is to break down that barrier. You don’t need to be a certain kind of “cool” to appreciate art, you don’t have to be from a certain side of town. You just have to show up and Crawl with us. “ - Kelsea McCrary, curator of the Arender Studio+ Gallery.
The ARENDER is located at 131 Art Alley in Monroe.
Big Room Gallery
135 Art Alley
By appointment only: Ph 381-2110
“Selecting artists and work for showings at the Big Room Gallery is based on the mission of promoting local art and artists. Most of the art we show is [local]. However, we are not completely limited to Monroe. We have shown work from surrounding areas such as Ruston, Shreveport and even from southern Louisiana. In order for artists to be considered for The Big Room Gallery there are some attributes that I look for.
First the artist should not be shy about getting their work out there. The best way for me to find work to show is for me to have noticed [an artists’] work somewhere. Approaching me about showing their work is the next best thing. The next thing I consider is their actual work. I ask myself things like ‘do they have a cohesive body of work. Does their work have a cohesive theme? Do they have an acceptable number of works? Does their work have proper hanging or display hardware for walks or pedestals?’ After that, it’s a matter of getting their work and displaying it as professionally as possible.
The Big Room Gallery works in conjunction with The Upstairs Gallery to display artists’ work for the Twin City Art [Downtown Gallery] Crawl. We do have other openings and events but the Art Crawl is our primary focus. Usually more than one artist is on display at a time.” - Rick Sikes, curator of the Big Room Gallery.
You can find Rick and all of the other great artists showing in the Big Room Gallery at 135 Art Alley in Monroe.
The Garrett House
520 South Grand St.
“I personally seek artists that are either local or regional to bring in for shows. I am looking for emerging or professional artists that create works that I feel will help enrich our community. I like to look for artists that are doing something a little different than we are used to seeing. I am looking currently for an artist to do some installation work in the Garrett house to shake things up a bit! I want artists at every venue I see them at to inspire me, to engage me, to remind me why I love art. I hope my artists and all of our artists for the Crawls are doing just that." - Brooke Foy, curator of The Garrett House.
The Garrett House will be finished being remodeled for the October Art Crawl! October 6th will be the grand reopening so be sure to come out and see what’s new at 520 South Grand Street in Monroe.
The Outside Gallery
North end of Art Alley
Outside Gallery is an experimental outdoor exhibition venue that shows artists working throughout the United States. Our exhibitions are the best, they are huge. We are open 24/7, but only because we are outside. We are a member of the Downtown Arts Alliance and are located at the north end of Art Alley next to the rail road tracks (you can see us from SQ's on the Ouachita).
Follow us on Facebook @outsidegallery and on instagram @outsidegallery318.
The Palace Gallery
220 DeSiard St.
Ph 376-3952 or 347-7888
Jarod Stokes took over the job of curating The Palace Gallery shows for the Downtown Gallery Crawl about 2 years ago. The Palace Gallery is owned by Portico Church, who decided to become a part of the Gallery Crawls when they moved downtown to help bring life to downtown and be a part of the already wonderfully successful Crawl scene.
“We wanted The Palace to be a hub for things going on downtown and wanted to bring awesome cultural and artistic influences to the Downtown community,” Jarod Stokes explained. Stokes communications with the artist he selects to show in the space months before Crawl time. He pulls artists from the local community as well as from his network of people he met through college and professionally from surrounding states. Usually the work is hung under directions from the artist just before the Crawl. The last preparations for the crawl are made by connecting with local restaurants and brewers to provide the refreshments and then it is show time!
The Palace Gallery is located at 220 Desiard Street in Monroe.
135 Art Alley
By appointment only. Ph 322-1632
“Sugar Gallery consists of six regular artists. Rather than curating the shows, each artist creates new work for each crawl. Sugar artists provide appetizers and occasionally [have] a band or musician to create a festive atmosphere. Sugar occasionally invites a guest artist to show. This gives new artists the opportunity to show their work as well as encourages them to grow. In addition, it gives the opportunity for collectors to find new art pieces. Sugar is a source of inspiration for students aspiring to become artists. The gallery artists love participating in a positive community event that promotes downtown development and provides support and opportunities to local surrounding businesses. Don’t miss out on a fabulous treat known as SUGAR.” - Melanie Douthit, Sugar Gallery resident artist.
You can find Melanie and all of the other great artists at 135 Art Alley in Monroe.
135 Art Alley
By appointment only. Ph 381-2110
“UPSTAIRS shows are totally different for each crawl. Shows remain up for a month, and can be seen by appointment after the crawl. We exhibit established and new artists, and enjoy working with new artists, including university students, to guide them in participating in a gallery crawl. Shows include a mix of painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation pieces ranging from abstract to representational work. UPSTAIRS was established in 2009, and we hope our love of art is contagious.” - Anna Rowan and Emily Caldwell, co-curators of the UPSTAIRS.
You can find Emily and Anna and all of the other great artists showing in the UPSTAIRS at 135 Art Alley in Monroe, just take a right at the top of the stairs!