The inaugural Downtown St. Louis ARTWalk was held last night under perfect weather conditions. The walk’s starting point was downtown’s artist hotbed Leather Trades Lofts on 1600 Locust. All floors were open to the public, from the ground floor studio spaces, to the dance studio, music studio and community room on the higher floors. The hallways were adorned with art, be it paintings, sculptures or jewelry.
After the tour through the entire Leather Trades building the walk jumped a block north to Washington Avenue and then east, all the way down to 6th Street. Along the way there were street performers, musicians and painters showing their skills. Many downtown establishments, like Lola, Copia, Gelateria Tavolini, Side bar, Blondie’s and Lucas park Grille, to name a few, offered special pricing for ARTWalk participants.
One of the participants that opened its doors for ARTWalk was the new Phantom Gallery and Bookstore on 13th & Washington.
Phantom opened just a few weeks ago in the Knickerbocker building in the space formerly occupied by the downtown Children’s Center (which moved to Motor Lofts, about 7 blocks west). Immediately next door to Phantom another newbie could be found: St. Louis Popcorn Co.
The walk ended at Art St. Louis on 555 Washington with an exhibition by local landscape painter and photographer Garry McMichael. All in all, it was a nice new event that was helped by great weather.
Hopefully, we’ll soon see another, expanded edition of the Downtown St. Louis ARTWalk.