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Fort Myers Art Walk takes to the streets in April

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Art Walk takes to the streets in April. That's right. On Friday, April 4, First Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from Monroe to Royal Palm Boulevard, with the thoroughfare serving as the venue for a number of interesting visual and performance art demonstrations.

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"Yes, we have seen the art scene in our town flourish," states Art Walk in its press release announcing the change in format. "This unbound creativity is spilling out onto the pavement and across walls, occupying the nooks and crannies of downtown Fort Myers, for art's sake."

Art Walkers will share the street with choirs, video artists, circus performers, digital artists, performance artists, actors, musicians, and painters during April Art Walk, which starts at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 or even later. Here is some of what you will see:

Circus Arts United will be located at the intersection of First and Hendry. As the name suggests, this art/performance troupe will entertain Art Walkers with fire, magic, aerial silks, juggling, chalk art, graffiti, dance, stilt walking, and live music by Frisson. "Experience these colorful and dangerous acts live and up close with an audiovisual treat that will move your body and inspire your creative," Art Walk entices.

Local performance artist Lily Hatchett has performed Paper Grotto Live at The Gallery at Florida Gulf Coast University and the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. During Friday night's Art Walk, she is bringing the Grotto to Broadway, across form the Post Office Arcade between Main and First Streets. If you aren't familiar with Paper Grotto, it's a giant paper sculpture that builds itself from the inside out. Combining paper, video projection, music and the Edison Jazz Buccaneers, the Grotto is an art performance piece that you won't soon forget.

The newly-opened Fort Myers Regional Library will host the Fort Myers Greenwave Choir. The Fort Myers High School Choral Department is made up of seven choirs comprising 150 students. They have performed several master-works including Schubert’s Mass in G, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Faure’s Messe Basse, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. They will be performing some amazing classic, pop and modern choral works, with live video projection being provided by award-winning architect and video artist Zachary Smith.

At the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Nina & Lily Griffith's Band: Hi Society will be playing at the stage on the entrance steps. They are a unique band formed by teenagers Nina, Lily, Jacob and Grace. All four have been educated in music and formed their band early this year The music that they perform is usually indie alternative, but they also love to break out in the oldies, modern rock and pop.

This is just some of what you will see and hear in the resplendent downtown Fort Myers River District during Art Walk on Friday Night. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. and there's plenty of free parking downtown.

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