McAllen Art Walk
From September through May, every first Friday of the month, you can walk to the Art Village on Main to Archer Park from 6 to 10 p.m. discovering new local cuisines, musicians and local artists.
The night ambiance is filled with local artists sharing their talents on stage at Archer Park as crowds filter through the unique arts and crafts that encompass numerous vendors at the McAllen Art Walk. Up and down the sidewalks, people are exploring the McAllen Arts District which encompasses several galleries filled with paintings, poetry exhibitions and musicians. From September through May, every first Friday of the month, you can walk to the Art Village on Main to Archer Park from 6 to 10 p.m. discovering new local cuisines, musicians and local artists.
One such talented artist is Mission resident Elbert Avendaño whose been showcasing and selling his art at the Art Walk for three years.
“The McAllen Art Walk has enabled me to sell my art; it’s what I do for a living,” said Avendaño. “I’ve been drawing since I was a kid but I’ve been painting for seven years now. The Art Walk has allowed me to meet new people and get prospective commissions.”
The McAllen Art Walk is located along Main Street in McAllen’s Art District, home to more than two dozen art galleries, including the Nuevo Santander Gallery, Art Village and the McA2 Creative Incubator.
The McAllen Chamber of Commerce serenades visitors with the popular outdoor series “Music After Hours” at the historic 100-year-old Archer Park alongside numerous handcrafted arts by local vendors. An abundance of eateries are within walking distance on Main Street, including Salt New American Table, Roosevelt’s at 7, Infusions Eats & Drinks and Birdie Bistro. McAllen’s popular Food Park across the street from Archer Park provides additional options.
The McAllen Art Walk has paved a way for local artists to promote awareness, appreciation and interest in local arts. Catch Avendaño, some local cuisine, and the gifted musicians at next month’s Art Walk from 6 to 10p.m.
By Clarissa Martinez