For over 25 years, the Galveston Arts Center has organized ArtWalk on eight Saturday evenings each year in the heart of Galveston’s historic district.
In light of the escalation of cases of COVID-19 over the past month, the leadership team at GAC has decided to halt promotion of the ArtWalk originally scheduled for July 11th, or any future events, until the severity of this public health threat has significantly lessened. ArtWalk typically draws thousands of visitors from Galveston and Harris counties and beyond. Following the lead of the City of Galveston, which has postponed special events permitting for the month of July, GAC’s marketing team will instead focus on safe, fun ways for individuals to patronize artists and the local businesses that support them.
It is in this spirit of civic solidarity that GAC announces, in lieu of the traditional ArtWalk, the new Galveston Gallery Guide – a free online tool where art lovers can find the most up-to-date policies, hours, and locations to see and purchase original art in the downtown area. The guide can be found at www.galvestonartscenter.org/ArtWalk and on printed map cards at participating locations throughout the city. Each locations’ hours, capacity limits, and mask policies are set by their respective owners. All in-person visitors are strongly urged to follow experts’ recommendations to prevent the transmission of the virus by social distancing, wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and refraining from touching the art.
With a little flexibility, art lovers can still see and purchase original art in Galveston on any day of the week without gathering in large crowds. Most ArtWalk locations are open for business and showcasing new work or curated exhibitions. Some will have extended hours on July 11th to accommodate more visitors over the course of the day. Others are open for online business or by appointment. Art enthusiasts are encouraged to support these establishments throughout the month.
Galveston Arts Center itself will remain open until 7:30 PM on July 11 for the premier of Will Henry’s new exhibition, Watching Paint Dry, featuring recent paintings exploring landscape, abstraction, and mark making. All visitors and staff are wearing face coverings inside the building, as per GAC policy. Refreshments will not be served. On the second floor, two smaller exhibitions featuring Katy Heinlein and Xochi Solis, which opened on May 30th, will also be on view through August 16. The museum is open every Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 PM, and closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is always free.
For 34 years, Galveston Arts Center (GAC) has organized ArtWalk, the popular, bi-quarterly Saturday evening affair of gallery openings and live events to celebrate Galveston’s vibrant arts community. Presented in partnership with a diverse array of galleries, artist studios, nonprofit arts spaces, and other downtown businesses, ArtWalk is an economic driver for the cultural and tourism sectors of Galveston’s local economy. GAC’s staff takes pride in this tradition and remains committed to promoting the business of artists and galleries through good times and challenging ones.
ArtWalks will be held: July 11th, August 22nd, October 10th, and November 28th.
ArtWalks are FREE to attend at all of the participating galleries and other locations.
ArtWalk takes place inside existing art galleries (both commercial and non-profit) and other spaces such as cafes and shops that showcase rotating art exhibits.
One of the Galveston Arts Center’s largest programs, ArtWalk supports our arts community and connects a diverse assortment of local places to see, learn about and purchase original art. Galveston Art Center is located at 2127 Strand St. in Downtown Galveston, (409) 763-2403, galvestonartscenter.org.
For detailed information including what to find at each participating location, pick up the latest official ArtWalk Guide and Map at participating locations, the Galveston Island Visitor Center at 2328 Broadway, the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce at 2228 Mechanic St #101, and many Galveston hotels, or download the PDF at www.galvestonartscenter.org/artwalk.
Click for a Map for ArtWalk!