Press release from the Downtown Improvement District:
DID Introduces New Event to Support Downtown Businesses & the Arts
The Downtown Improvement District (DID) is launching a new event presented by Comcastâ€”DROP YOUR AVANT GARDE: Breaking Down the Barriers to the Art Worldâ€”that will change the way you think about artâ€¦and the places where art can be found. Join us for art, live music, food and drink specials, and more as we create four unique art exhibits in unconventional urban spaces.
“When you’re longing for something new and fun to do this winter, downtown has the answer.” says DID Marketing & Events Coordinator Courtney Tritch. “This event is the perfect way for the DID to nurture downtown’s bourgeoning arts scene, while driving traffic to local businesses during a traditionally slow month for restaurants and retailers.”
DROP YOUR AVANT GARDE, the first DID event of 2010, will take place on Saturday, February 6, 2010 from 6pm – Midnight. The twist? It will be a multi-venue event incorporating four pop up galleries allowing you to” pop up” anywhere you like throughout the evening!
Dash In (814 S. Calhoun)
This exhibit features “Art by Numbers”, a show where artists’ names are omitted and pieces are labeled by number. This intriguing methodology allows you to fully view a painting without being influenced by an artist’s name. Live jazz by the West Central Trio and food and drink specials complete the evening at this venue. (21+ only). Website
816 Pint & Slice (816 S. Calhoun)
Local graphic artists present The Poster Show featuring band posters and t-shirts created by local designers, many of which will be available for sale. Great beer specials, live music by Samuel Troubadour, an amazing art display upstairs and a family-friendly environment make this a perfect stop on your art tour! Website
Loaf N Ladle (817 S. Calhoun)
A special black and white photography exhibit featuring pieces by local artist Ryan Hadley will be on display at this trademark downtown venue. Nonalcoholic drinks and food will also be available.
Ryan Hadley Studio (819 S. Calhoun)
This exhibit called “Dry Illusions,” features the work of several nationally known fine artists working in graphite, charcoal and pastel. Live music by Darkroom, a complimentary wine tasting and silent films shown on the wall of the gallery complete this venue’s unique appeal. Website