Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Organizers of Saturday’s Downtown Tyler ArtWalk plan to combat the heat by bringing much of the event indoors, while still highlighting some of the favorite outdoor features on the T.B. Butler Plaza.
The ArtWalk is set for Saturday, June 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. throughout the downtown area. Nineteen of the event’s 20 artists and arts groups will be located in commercial buildings throughout the downtown area. Musicians, such as Mike Acoustic and Michael Morse, will also be indoors.
“We have to give a shout-out, though, to ArtWalk performers who are braving the elements by still providing entertainment outdoors,” said Beverly Abell, City of Tyler Main Street Department leader. “It wouldn’t be ArtWalk without fantastic dancers, and we have a great line-up of people who will perform on the stage at the T.B. Butler Plaza.”
At 6 p.m., Ballet Folklorico will perform, followed by a Zumba group at 6:30 p.m. FLY KiDS will perform their popular hip-hop routines at 7 p.m., and a new participant, Rockies ‘n Ropers dance club, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Behind the Wall will also perform at Salon Verve.
“We have a wide variety of art for the public to enjoy as well,” Abell said, noting that everything from oils to acrylics, photography to fiber art and jewelry will be available to view and to purchase.
Artists who have been selected via a jury process to participate in ArtWalk are: Valeria Barnhill, Casandra Bartley-Zemer, Dave Berry, Mason Buchanan, Dana Cargile, Suzan Chapman, Vickie Fears, Laney Glover, Penny Holley, Holly Izard, Sheila MacBride, Eva Malevanskaya, Matthew Martin, Dolph Miller, Lum Newburn IV, Joel Nichols, Connie Sherman, Leigha Sherman and Howard Thompson.
A map of the artists’ locales will be available at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin St.
The Eastside Fiber Arts group will have a display on the T.B. Butler Plaza near the staging area. In addition, the Downtown Tyler Film Festival will show short films in the conference room of the Gallery.
The Gallery’s popular fundraising exhibit, 6x6@110, will continue, with miniature works of art selling for $20 each, with all proceeds going to promotion of the arts in downtown Tyler.
Abell noted that David Wallace will be on hand next door to Jake’s in the 100 block of East Erwin to share his latest art installation.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.DowntownTylerArts.com  or call (903) 593-6905.