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Fort Myers Art Walk returns on Friday

By Staff | Jun 2, 2010

The next Art Walk will be held this Friday, June 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. The seasonal Saturday Art Fair is taking a summer break and will return in the fall.

This month’s Art Walk will include more than a dozen art stops and will be highlighted by new art exhibitions, live music, and the traditional after party.

Held on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m., Art Walk features local and national artwork in the downtown art galleries and at several art stops in the Fort Myers River District. The evening culminates with an after party at 10 p.m. The June after party will be held at Spirits of Bacchus on Hendry Street.

Approximately 40 participants make Art Walk happen and they include the Alliance for the Arts, Art League of Fort Myers, Art of the Olympians, Arts for ACT Gallery and Boutique, Café Matisse, Cigar Bar, Coloring The World, Conch Sweet Corner Café, daas Gallery, Delicious Things, Digital Data Destruction, Downtown Deli & Market, Downtown House of Pizza, Enjewel, First United Methodist Church, Florida Repertory Theatre, Fort Myers Redevelopment Agency, French Connection, H2 Downtown Bistro, Happenings A&E Magazine, Hideaway Sports Bar, Hotel Indigo, HOWL Gallery, Ichiban Japanese & Chinese Restaurant, Iberia Bank, LaTrattoria Restaurant, Main Street Antiques, Morgan House Restaurant, The Oasis Luxury Condos, Potomac Bead Company, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Select Transportation, SKS PhotoShoot, Space 39 Gallery, Spirits of Bacchus, The Spot, The Veranda Restaurant, and the Young Artists Awards Program.

The Art Walk Information Center is located at Iberia Bank (Bayview Court at First Street).  See art work from each of the galleries and get information and brochures for the event here. The new Art Walk T-shirt is also available in the visitor center for a $12 donation (during the Art Walk only).

Another highlight of the extremely popular evening will be the weekly Friday Night Live, which takes place in the Patio de Leon. John Mooney will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

Always a collector’s item, new limited edition Art Walk buttons will be available at galleries that night. The buttons go fast, so arrive early if you are collecting them.

A free shuttle service courtesy of Select Transportation Inc., with stops planned near the art venues, and parking at the Harborside Event Center will be available for Art Walk patrons. Shuttle stops include The Oasis, Art of the Olympians and Enjewel on First Street.

A map of Art Walk, transportation and parking will be distributed by participating galleries. Art Walk is a rain or shine event. Art Walk was started by a group of art galleries and art enthusiasts and debuted in October of 2008.

For more information on Art Walk, participating galleries and links to gallery websites, visit www.fortmyersartwalk.com.