Daylight-saving time has its advantages.

The sun stays in the sky a little longer, prompting evening walks, bike rides and outings in the car.

This is one reason Liz Walker believes she’s seeing a growth in Hot Art, Cool Nights’ yearly attendance.

This is the Mid City Merchants’ annual spring art hop, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary when businesses feature work by local artists from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, May 10. Thirty-seven businesses in the Mid City Art & Design District are participating.

And some of those venues will host live music.

“We have more music this year,” Walker said. “And we’re not trying to compete with anything going on in the city. People can attend Live After Five downtown, then come to Hot Art, Cool Nights and listen to our music.”

Walker is owner of Elizabethan Gallery, which is taking part in the art hop. She’s also spokeswoman for the event.

“Our fall art hop, White Light Nights, has always been bigger,” Walker said. “It’s still bigger, but we’re seeing more people come to the spring art hop. Some businesses opt to participate in the spring instead of the fall, because it’s more relaxed. And we’re seeing a lot of families coming out, because it’s more relaxed. There’s more light with daylight-saving time, and they can just walk over from the neighborhood and take part.”

But the relaxed atmosphere isn’t limited to those on foot. Plenty of people also drive to the event and often leave their cars in shuttle stops, where four Tiger Trails buses will travel the art hop route providing free transport to participating businesses along the way.

“And we’ll have officers from the Baton Rouge Police providing security,” Walker said. “The number of officers has increased, too. Last year, we had 12, and this year, we’ve increased that number to 20. We get our attendance estimate from the police, and they said we had between 8,000 and 10,000 last spring. We had between 10,000 and 15,000 in the fall.”

So, as attendance increases, it’s necessary to add more security.

“We’ll have policemen at the shuttle stops to help people across the street,” Walker said. “So, it will be safe to cross busy streets like Government and Jefferson Highway.”

The midcity area stretches from U.S. 190 to Lobdell Boulevard and from Claycut/Broussard Street to Main Street. Participating businesses within these boundaries will offer original artwork, including sculpture, paintings, jewelry, mixed media pieces and photographs. All of the work will be created by local artists.

“It takes about 10 years for an event to establish its identity,” Walker said. “White Light Nights has its own identity, and now Hot Art, Cool Nights has established its own. I tell people it’s always on the Friday of Mother’s Day weekend. That’s an easy way to remember it.”

And in the end, a portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Mid City Art District’s purchase of three public sculptures for the district.

“We want them to be created by Louisiana artists,” Walker said. “We’ve already raised $25,000, so we’re well on our way to placing public art in the district. One of the spots we’re looking at is the triangle between Government Street and Jefferson Highway. BREC owns that; it leads to Goodwood Park. We’re going to talk to BREC about partnering with them and placing a sculpture there.”

But that’s in the future. Hot Art, Cool Nights takes precedence now.

With plenty of art and music.

Participating in Hot Art, Cool Nights are:

  • Abat-Jour, LLC: 545 S. Foster Drive, featuring lamp and furniture designs by William Evans and Scott Kirkland. For more information, call (225) 929-9620.
  • Aladdin’s Lamp Antiques: 248 Government St., featuring jewelry by Katherine Martin. For more information, call (225) 336-0969.
  • Arnold & Associates Interiors, Inc.: 3707 Government St., featuring paintings by Debbie Denstorff. For more information, call (225) 343-2702.
  • Artists Inside Circa 1857: 1857 Government St., featuring glass works by Denise Hall and mixed media by LSU Lab School art students. For more information, call (225) 235-1504.
  • Artvark, Ltd.: 627A Jefferson Highway, featuring mixed media works by Randell Henry. For more information, call (225) 892-3853.
  • Atomic Pop Shop: 2963 Government St., featuring Kerry Beary’s original illustrations and paintings in gouache and acrylic, and photography by Allie Stevens. For more information, call (225) 771-8455.
  • Bistro Byronz: 5412 Government St., featuring jewelry by Lynn Breaud, paintings by Emily Koro and live music by John Gray and the Dunham Jazz Band. For more information, call (225) 218-1433.
  • Brew Ha-Ha!: 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 2, featuring mixed media works by T.J. Black. For more information, call (225) 923-1923.
  • Brew-bachers Grill: 5580 Government St., featuring mixed media works by Ellen Feehan Gray and live music by various local musicians. For more information, call (225) 927-8131.
  • Caffery Gallery: 4016 Government St., featuring work by artists Charles Barbier, Marsha Barkemeyer, Anne Bigger, Dennis Demcheck, Lisa Devlin, Barbara Donovan, Kjell Flanagan, Father Henry Gautreau, Rosemary Goodell, Frankie Gould, Elma Sue McCallum, Paul Neff and Dixon Smith. For more information, call (225) 388-9397.
  • Corks N Canvas: 711 Jefferson Highway, featuring work by artists Beth Gold, Becky Hess, Jenna Holmes, Gretchen Keller, Guece Abarca and Jacob Fontenot. For more information, call (225) 927-7077.
  • Custom Audio Video: 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 1B, featuring acrylic paintings by Madeline Hicks. For more information, call (225) 291-0060.
  • Decor Rouge: 1857 Government St., featuring jewelry by Cee Gee Jewelry and live music by Chris Belleau. For more information, call (225) 936-1438.
  • Denicola’s Furniture & Upholstery: 2931 Government St., featuring Mid City Handmade/Andrew Moran, Mimosa by Madeline Ellis and work by artist Natalie Clay. For more information, call (225) 357-0370.
  • Elizabethan Gallery: 680 Jefferson Highway, featuring work by artists Carol Hallock, Keith Douglas, Andre Savoie, Taufeeq Muhammed, Krista Roche, Janice Evans, Nancy Stutes, Mary Monk and Wilma Roy, along with live music by Kenny Acosta. For more information, call (225) 924-6437.
  • Fleur de Lis Pizza: 5655 Government St., featuring mixed media works and prints by Jennifer Reed, mixed media work by David Miller and jewelry and mixed media works by Shaynna Gueno. For more information, call (225) 924-2904.
  • Insurance Associates of Baton Rouge: 4041 Government St., featuring Maylia G. Trahan’s “Restore the Arts” art on canvas, oil paintings by Meg Jones, Natilie Landry’s custom mosaics, work by C’est Jolie Studio’s Mignon Varnado and Dominique Begnard; and Bark Boutique’s collars, leashes and tote bags, along with live music by the Blues Cousins Band. For more information, call (225) 408-3333.
  • La Carreta Mexican Cuisine: 4065 Government St., featuring abstract oil paintings by April Charles and oil paintings by Nancy Charpentier, along with live music by Cuban Duo. For more information, call (225) 334-9940.
  • Laurin Maier State Farm: 672C Jefferson Highway, featuring oil paintings by Lisa Rainwater. For more information, call (225) 926-5744.
  • Match Point Tennis & Fitness Boutique: 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 1C, featuring oil paintings by Brook Bamlett, acrylic paintings by Carolyn Fox and jewelry by Kelly Lachney. For more information, call (225) 246-8912.
  • Monjunis Italian Cafe & Grocery: 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 4, featuring oil paintings and portraits by Heather Ricard and live music by Kirk Holder. For more information, call (225) 231-1595.
  • Mosaic Garden: 1857 Government St., featuring mixed media work by Brittany Howard, Dina Leon, Lisa Passman and Terry Galloway, pottery by Pam Steinsiek and live music by Chris Belleau. For more information, call (225) 389-0068.
  • My Louise: 1857 Government St., second floor, featuring acrylic paintings and mixed media works by Hannah Lane. For more information, call (225) 448-2093.
  • Piggly Wiggly: 5355 Government St., featuring pastels by Molly Phillips and custom made hats by Linda Butler. For more information, call (225) 925-1522.
  • Pretty in Rouge: 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 7, photography by Maggy Marsh. For more information, call (225) 384-0711.
  • Reginelli’s Pizzeria: 684 Jefferson Highway, featuring acrylic paintings by Sharon Furrate. For more information, call (225) 231-1313.
  • Rue Cou Cou: 1857 Government St., featuring acrylic paintings by Kevin Leblanc and live music by Chris Belleau. For more information, call (225) 343-9722.
  • Sabai Jewelry Gallery: 711 Jefferson Highway, featuring mixed media works by Michelle Conques, jewelry by Joanne McMullen and Terrie Day, photography by John Gallagher and live music by Matt Lanius.
  • Sally’s Circa 1857: 1857 Government St., featuring work by green artist metalsmith Joseph Jilbert and metalsmith Nathan Logsdon, mixed media works by Sally Conklin and live music by Chris Belleau.
  • Shavarsh K Jewelry Design Shop: 711 Jefferson Highway, Suite 2B, featuring the fine art of gun engraving by Layne Zuelke. For more information, call (225) 928-4661.
  • Studio C: 3786 Government St., featuring photography by Julia Morgan and watercolor and collage pieces by Greg Vernice. For more information, call (225) 381-8111.
  • Superior Bar & Grill: 5435 Government St., featuring acrylic paintings and mixed media works by Jenn Prochaska and live music by the Chris LeBlanc Band. For more information, call (225) 927-2022.
  • The Sanctuary Day Spa & Spiritual Retreat: 5557 Government St., featuring acrylic paintings and mixed media works by Jessica M. Tregre, acrylic paintings by Megan Buccere and Lauren Conerly; metal works by Misty Taylor, photography by Megan Dupre and live music by Josh Brumley. For more information, call (225) 278-9187.
  • Time Warp Boutique: 3001 Government St., featuring jewelry by Lauren Collignon. For more information, call (225) 377-8550.
  • Victoria’s Toy Station: 5466 Government St., featuring Lisa Cortese’s “Modern Vintage Jewelry by L,” and landscapes, nudes and abstract paintings by Monroe Godfrey. For more information, call (225) 924-3632.
  • Wooden Haven Furniture Company: 4173 Government St., featuring Edgeful Art by Jeana Esser, oil paintings by Adrianna Speer, live music by Zen Bayou and live performance by Valkyrie Rouge Tribal Bellydance. For more information, call (225) 454-6477.
  • Yvette Marie’s Cafe: 1857 Government St., featuring abstract paintings by Andrew Brown. For more information, call (225) 383-0388.