What’s new Downtown?
The latest from the arts district
Wed, May 5, 2010 (6:25 p.m.)
Marty Walsh at Trifecta Gallery
• Marty Walsh, who has successfully run Trifecta Gallery for six years in a tiny cube-like space (250 square feet) near the back door of the Arts Factory, is about to move down the hall into the much larger space occupied by the vacating Valentino's Zootsuit Connection. The upsize will give Walsh plenty of room to continue rotating monthly exhibits by contemporary artists and illustrators, while showing other works in stock — and running a small boutique.
• The city of Las Vegas gradually has been decreasing its funding for First Friday. Last year, it contributed to four events; this year, only one: the G.L.O Festival, mixing visual and performing arts with a celebration of light, on South Casino Center Boulevard between Charleston and East California Street (May 7, 6-10 p.m.).
• Arts Factory owner Wes Myles is nearly done building a 12x60-foot bocce-ball court outside his Bar and Bistro on the east side of the Arts Factory, which will cater to patrons of that establishment.
Downtown Arts District
Officially known as 18b Arts District, the downtown arts district contains an eclectic mix of galleries, one-of-a-kind stores, and restaurants just a short walk or bus ride from Fremont Street. Known as "18b," the Las Vegas Arts District is located immediately south of downtown Las Vegas in an area bounded by Commerce Street, Hoover Avenue, Fourth Street and Las Vegas Boulevard (at Charleston) and Colorado Avenue.
The name, "18b," represents the original Arts District area, which consisted of 18 blocks. Today, the Arts District area has grown beyond those original 18 blocks and is a classic urban mix of residential, commercial and cultural uses that will continue to grow as the hub of the arts scene in Las Vegas.
On the first Friday of each month, an arts and cultural event is held in the district. The "First Friday" festival draws up to 10,000 visitors into the neighborhood. This event encourages people to flock downtown to browse, buy, eat, drink and mingle. The event is a festive environment with food and beverage vendors, music, visual performances and artists displaying their works.
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