By Bri Basco
Home to many of the city’s most electric art galleries, specialty boutiques, and creative culinary exploits, Mid City has become a natural creative hub of Baton Rouge. One of several art hops designed to celebrate and invite locals into the neighborhood, the 12th annual Hot Art, Cool Nights spread across more than 30 venues last Friday.
Local artists all over Baton Rouge of various ages displayed their art of all mediums in stores all down Government Street, Claycut Street, and Jefferson Highway, including Atomic Pop Shop, Circa 1857, Bistro Byronz, Brew-Ha-Ha, Reginelli’s Pizzeria, and many more. If walking wasn’t your thing, hopping on the shuttle was an option too. It ran through the area to pick up and drop off customers from each station and also allowed for some late night shopping.
Each venue had a unique vibe, from face painting to live demonstrations of chainsaw carving to aerial dancing at Radio Bar to a brass ensemble from the Dunham School. Victoria’s Toy Station had Rebecca Gardner’s art displayed that was produced as hope-ethnic fashion benefitting disadvantaged women.
“I love how it beings people to different parts of community and different pockets out for different types of interaction. It’s a good opportunity to get Costa Richa stuff out there to show that it exists,” Gardner said.
Purusa Yoga displayed paintings, paper mandalas, jewelry, and various types of ceramics while Lee Guilbeau performed live acroyoga.
“It’s a neighborhood event and we get to walk or bike around and everybody is really open to having a good time,” Guilbeau said. “Its nice because the performance I am doing is on my home turf. It’s a really comfortable setting and no stress. Nothing but smiles and good times as we do our favorite acro movements.”