Celebrating its 22nd year, ArtWalk has seen some changes over the years. The event began as a monthly gallery hop, asking businesses to partner by hosting art and music, and transforming their storefronts into art galleries. This tradition continues, with artists applying for placement within venues each year for special pop-up exhibits. In 2007, ArtWalk began closing Main Street between 3rd and 6th Avenues, presenting even more opportunities for artists and the public to experience the vibrant and growing culture of our city. Today, ArtWalk Longmont is held on two Saturday nights each year – this year’s dates are May 20 and September 15 – from 4-8 p.m.
Local artists participate in ArtWalk in three ways. Exhibiting Artists are juried and placed within businesses during the event. One of these artists will be chosen as the Featured Artist for the evening, and that artist receives special recognition and a stipend from ArtWalk Longmont. There will also be six to ten Artists-in-Action creating smaller-scale works along Main Street. These artists will share their process with ArtWalk’s patrons and some will have interactive art projects allowing the public to participate. Finally, Artist Vendors will be on hand showing and selling their work at a discounted rate celebrating this arts festival.
This is a great way to see local art and enjoy the vibrant Downtown Longmont Creative District. In 2014, Longmont received the prestigious designation of Certified Creative District by the State of Colorado. As one of over 20 such districts in the state, historic, downtown Longmont features dozens of interactive art venues including two community theaters, seven music shops, many art galleries, interactive public art and retail, as well as artisan restaurants, four craft breweries, two distilleries and a cidery. Find out more about the Downtown Longmont Creative District here.