Local artists shine at Spring Art Walk - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Local artists shine at Spring Art Walk

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It was a celebration of all the various talents of Southwest Louisiana.

The annual Lake Charles Spring Art Walk was held in the Charleston Cultural District of downtown Lake Charles on Friday.

Artists had a chance to display their talent as coffee shops, businesses and restaurants became art galleries for the night.

Residents browsed the artwork and could purchase items during the free event.

Teams of artists competed in a one-hour live art battle. This year, the SWLA Arts and Humanities Council held the first student art battle.

Local artist, Erin Barker, displayed her work at the Central School. Barker was awarded "Artist of the Year" by the Louisiana Cultural group.

"It's awesome to be recognized for hard work," Barker said. "A lot of times, artists will work for years and years and have to have all of these other jobs so it's awesome to be recognized."

While her designs are displayed on canvas, some artists used light poles and benches to show their creativity.

The group, known as "yarn stormers," covered city benches, light poles and even the cannon in front of the courthouse in yarn.

"You see things like this happening in other communities and there is absolutely no reason why it can't happen right here," said Amie Herbert with the Arts and Humanities Council.

Those involved hoped the colorful pieces would bring excitement to people at the art walk.

"I hope when people see this they think, wow, this is great," Herbert said. "I hope they are surprised. When people are surprised, it makes them feel more alive and that is what we want to happen here. We want a living, breathing cultural community in downtown Lake Charles."

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