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The art of the Artwalk

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Lillie Minnifield using acrylic, oil and fibers incorporated with wood on canvas.

Photos by Stephonia Taylor Mclinn

Lillie Minnifield using acrylic, oil and fibers incorporated with wood on canvas.
Lillie Minnifield using acrylic, oil and fibers incorporated with wood on canvas.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary last week, Artwalk is a festival that transforms Birmingham’s loft neighborhood into an arts district, featuring the work of more than 100 visual artists, live musicians, street performers, food and drink vendors, and children’s activities.

More than 10,000 people walked the streets of downtown during the two-day event which hosts established and emerging regional artists in the unique and architecturally rich setting of downtown Birmingham.

Art lovers see original work in all mediums priced from the affordable to the extravagant. Participating artists are predominantly from Birmingham and surrounding communities, showcasing the wealth of regional talent.

The event stretches along the historic cobblestone street Morris Avenue and First and Second Avenues North. Artwalk’s atmosphere resembles a big block party, attracting a high-energy crowd that enjoys free live entertainment, block upon block of artists and restaurants, bars and vendors offering food and drink.

Artwalk opened earlier this year to attract early risers who often go to the Pepper Place farmers’ market, a few miles from the loft district.  Artwalk focuses on promoting many types of art, including visual, performance and musical.