Friday night I checked out the French Quarter Art Walk, and tried my hand at videographing (is that a word?) for the first time! It was overall a good time with an increasingly fun crowd as the night wore on, but the focus definitely seemed more on the free wine than the art. I mean, it’s hard not to go into a frenzy when free wine and food is involved, but it’s a little frustrating when you can barely walk or check out the art without being shoved out of the way. And I’m not all about standing in line for 15 minutes for half a cup of warm gallery wine. My advice: the city should embrace what a popular, lucrative event they have going on and go ahead and close down a couple of the back streets in the French Quarter. Then get a few cheap food and drink vendors out there. Yeah, it wouldn’t be totally free anymore, but then the art walk could be about more than waiting in line. Instead, we could go back to enjoying it as a social event centered around … art! Do you have thoughts on how to make the art walks better? Feel free to comment if you do. And/or just watch my sweet (and shaky) video.

French Quarter Gallery Association’s Art Walk from Charleston City Paper on Vimeo.

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