One of the most popular free events in Galveston is ArtWalk. ArtWalk is an evening of visual arts when galleries and other businesses open their doors on a Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. for an opening night reception to show off the works of local and regional as well as national artists.
Art enthusiasts have the opportunity to browse the walls of 20 to as many as 30 galleries and businesses during the evening. Since there are so many to cover, here are some quick tips.
1. Pick up a brochure so you can check the locations. They are available at all of the participating galleries or download from the Galveston Arts Center website at http://www.galvestonartscenter.org/artwalk.html. Several of the local magazines will highlights some of the artists featured at ArtWalk which may give you an idea of what you want to see.
2. Wear comfortable shoes. Heels can be a challenge when you walk on some of the bricked crosswalks on The Strand. Plus, you have a lot to cover.
3. Dress cool. Galveston cools off in the evenings but it can be a little humid.
4. If you are planning to have dinner before, after or during ArtWalk, make a reservation. The restaurants will be very busy.
5. Try to park midway between The Strand and Postoffice Streets so you enjoy both districts.
6. Start on The Strand, there is always an exhibit on the second floor of the Hutchings-Sealy Building, 2326 Strand. You’ll also find other businesses that host exhibits.
7. Stop by The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic. If time permits and the weather is good, make sure that you check out The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House. It’s open from 5 to midnight (weather permitting) and offers a fantastic view of Galveston’s harbor and historic downtown.
8. Make sure that you venture to the Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand (back to its orginal location since this was orignally published), in route to Postoffice Arts and Entertainment District. You’ll also see other participating businesses on 25th street.
9. A majority of the galleries are located on Postoffice Street. You’ll find plenty of galleries as well as antique stores and businesses that are hosting an artist. Sometimes there’s live music and there’s plenty of activity.
10. Mark your calendar for future dates in 2017: Jan. 14, March 4, April 22, June 3, July 15, Aug. 26, Oct. 14 and Nov. 25 . By the way, the Thanksgiving ArtWalk is usually the biggest of the year with the most stops and huge crowds.
It’s nearly impossible to make a stop at every participating gallery and business but you’ll find your favorites for the next time.