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Did you realize downtown Shreveport has 10+ professional art galleries and exhibit spaces?  There are also 11 locations downtown that either sell, or take commissions for custom art? Did you know we have 2 museums downtown that focus in international art? And that we have over 30 pieces of public art scattered throughout downtown, that include the huge mural visible from I-20 titled "Once in a Millennium Moon" on the side of the AT&T building, a giant lighted dog, the bronze statue of Huddy "Leadbelly" Ledbetter pointing toward Fannin Street, the place he got his musical start, to the lighted "Bakowski Bridge" crossing the Red River.

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Well if you weren't aware that downtown Shreveport is an apparent treasure trove of local and international art, you should take part in a new feature the Downtown Development Authority is kicking off called Second Saturday.   On the second Saturday of each month, local art dealers, vendors and shops will be open from 10A-4P.  Many will feature special events and features, and most of these are free and open to the public.

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From Liz Swaine at the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority:

On Saturday, June 11, you will be able to:

Meet Artist Martin Welch at The Gallery at Andress, 717 Crockett Street, during a meet-and-greet, then watch a live paint session.
Become part of a community ‘Portrait of Patrons’ artwork at Big Sun Studios, 619 Edwards Street. Stop by and your photo will be part of this art piece.
Learn about ‘Herbal Medicines in Your Pantry’ from Lee Ann Monat of LionArt Creations at Andress Artist & Entrepreneur Center, 717 Crockett Street.
Try your hand at Cartooning and Super Hero Design, Graphic Design, Illustration and Background Scene, and Cosplay as part of the upcoming ‘Batman’ exhibit at Artspace, 708 Texas Street.
See the Fields exhibit at Minicine?, 846 Texas Avenue.
Enjoy the Hoover Watercolor Society Spring Show at Bailey Gallery, 214 Texas Street.
Watch (or try your hand at) glass blowing at Sanctuary Glass Studio, 421 Lake Street, or High Gravity Glassworks, 1200 Marshall Street.
And Much More.

It's very exciting there are more and more events happening downtown.  A healthy city starts with a vibrant downtown. This Saturday you can enjoy an entire day downtown if you start at the Shreveport Farmer's Market Saturday morning, and then enjoy the new Second Saturday from 10A-4P

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