HHDA prepares for fall art walk

(The following is part of a press release submitted to WDAM7.  Visit www.facebook.com/downtownhattiesburg for more details on the art walk.)

HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI – On Saturday, November 7 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association will host the 2015 Fall Art Walk. This year's event will serve as a celebration of all arts, including eight different gallery exhibitions, four business open house receptions, various local artists, potters and sculptors in the street, live music (Mississippi Shakedown, PlainView and Dave Allen), silent movies at The Saenger, and dance exhibitions with the Southern Miss Dance Department and the Grand Ballroom.

"This year's event is a direct correlation with Hattiesburg's arts culture, and we are looking forward to showcasing what our artists have to offer," said Andrea Saffle, executive director. "It's going to be a full day and we hope everyone will make an effort to get downtown!"

Hattiesburg Arts Council will host art in three different locations throughout the event, including the HAC Open Studio on Front Street in the America Building, Hattiesburg Cultural Center and children-friendly activities on Front Street hosted by the SmART Space. Additional galleries open during the event include the Kress Gallery (a variety of artists),  Oddfellows (100 Years of Tasha Tudor), and the A Gallery (Amy Giust & Ali Stayer). 
Downtown businesses who will host artwork include: Juvo Technologies (Bob Schroder), Carter Building (James McCrory), Deluxe Art Studio, Playpen Hattiesburg (Matilda Jane Trunk Show), Front Street Salon (Everett Minchew), Mckenzie's on Main (Trapp Smith Tischner, Dr. Cathie Price and Robert Williams), The Little Building (Poetry by PechaKucha and Angela Ball), Main Street Books (pottery demonstration) and The Shop Downtown (Sean Starwars, Ryan Hughes and Rebecca Roberts). Merchants open for business include The Lucky Rabbit, Coney Island Café, Vicki's at Walnut, Walnut Square Gifts, Gratefull Soul Market and Bianchi's Pizzeria.

Art exhibits along Main Street will include: Bobby Walters, artist; Gary Delancey, artist; Sarah Greer, sculpture exhibit and demonstration; Khalid Duncan, photographer; 
Ethan and Leanna Manning, paper artists; Hannah Tavai, artist; Engage Ministries, art exhibit; Ray Glenn, artist; Haley Ford with USM Graphic Artists Association; Amanda Sanford, art and pottery display; and Johnny Little, artist. In addition to art exhibits and demonstrations, Southern Pines Animal Shelter, Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera and Ivey Swan, MS Leaf River Valley will also have tables.

This year's art walk will also include several open house receptions, with a focus on art. Participants will be able to walk through the spaces of DIME Entertainment, Juvo Creative, BodyBar, PlayPen and more.

"We are super thrilled to have just moved the DIME Entertainment office downtown and to get to be a part of events like Art Walk," said Jacqueline Lee, editor-in-chief of DIME Magazine. "We're looking forward to opening our doors to the public and showcasing some awesome work. We have great walls in this space and they need some loving, so it's the perfect excuse for us to hang art."