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Fort Myers Art Walk celebrates the holidays on Dec. 3

By Staff | Nov 30, 2010

The Fort Myers River District is alive with many holiday events including the Fort Myers Art Walk this Friday, Dec. 3. The monthly downtown event will showcase several new art exhibits and be followed by the expanded Saturday Art Fair on Dec. 4.

The monthly Art Walk runs from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Fridays. The December Art Walk will include more than a dozen art stops and will feature new art shows, holiday displays, live music, and the traditional after party. This Art Walk welcomes a new gallery downtown. Syzygy Gallery recently opened on First Street at the Patio de Leon entrance.

Additionally that night, the Fort Myers Woman’s Community Club will hold their annual Holiday House displays at the Burroughs Home and the Langford-Kingston Home, both located at the corner of First and Fowler streets.

Growing in participation, the seasonal Saturday Art Fair has outgrown the Patio de Leon and has spread out to nearby Dean Street (between First and Bay). The art fair has also expanded its hours to 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and now features 23 local artist vendors.

Another highlight of the very popular evening is the weekly Friday Night Live free concert series which takes place in the Patio de Leon. Memphis 56 will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.

Always a collector’s item, new Art Walk buttons will be available at galleries that night. Art Walk has its own T-shirt (in red or black). Shirts are available for a $12 donation at the IberiaBank gallery showcase during Art Walk.

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 Condominiums, 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 started by a group of art galleries and art enthusiasts and debuted in October of 2008. Art Walk is a River District Alliance event.

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