Laramie’s creative community will be out in full force this weekend as the Pop-Up Art Walk returns for the third year. The Art Walk is scheduled to run from 3-8 p.m. today and 1-7 p.m. Saturday at venues across the downtown district.
During the art walk, artists, musicians and performers will display and demonstrate in galleries, businesses, restaurants, offices and public spaces.
Display spaces will be marked with large red balloons.
“We’re aiming to activate these spaces with visual and performing art,” said organizer Adrienne Vetter, a member of Wyoming Art Party.
Organizer June Glasson, also a member of Wyoming Art Party, said close to 50 locations will be part of the event, along with about 150 artists of all types and ages.
“At the heart, we’re really trying to celebrate our creative community by creating a really, really inclusive event that anyone in the community can participate in,” she said.
Everyone in the community is invited to participate in the event, even in impromptu fashion.
“We’ve created this great formal structure for promoting the event and making it happen, but if you play the violin, mime, do chalk art or have some other ability you want to share with the community, you can come downtown and bring it and share it,” Glasson said.
An area called the Artists’ Village is set to be located in front of the mural called Hollyhock Haven at the corner of Second and Custer streets. In this area, visitors will find a performance stage, vintage trailers, a sheep wagon, a table for making community art and several photo booths.
Live music, dance and theater performances are scheduled for the Artists’ Village stage throughout the weekend. At 6 p.m. today, the University of Wyoming Art Department will be conducting a community iron pour.
Across the street, the NU2U Street Dance and Costume Party is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
“That’ll be going on simultaneously Friday night,” Glasson said.
New this year, artists from outside Albany County have been invited to participate in the art walk, allowing they either collaborate with a local artist or share a gallery space.
Glasson and Vetter, who both plan to have work on display during the art walk, said the event offers an opportunity for artists to be part of the bigger artistic community.
“The idea of transforming the core of downtown into one big gallery space for the weekend is just a great thing to be a part of,” Vetter said. “You’re one of 150 other creative people who are all going to be in that space.”
Wyoming Art Party was founded in 2014 with the goal of connecting artists across the state and across disciplines.