There will be music and lots of festivities, but the spotlight will be shining on the artwork when Forum 35's 13th annual Art Melt opens Saturday in the Capitol Park Museum.
The show is billed as the state's largest juried, multimedia art show and features work only by Louisiana artists.
Sixty-five pieces were chosen for this year's show, and winners will be announced Friday at the annual ticketed Preview Party. The show will run for six weeks after this weekend's opening. All of the artwork is for sale.
Forum 35 takes a 30 percent commission on all sales, which will benefit next year's Art Melt. The rest of the money goes to the artists.
Art Melt Committee Chairman Jeremy Meiske said Forum 35 is following the same Art Melt format from previous years. The Preview Party on Friday will be catered by Ruffino's with entertainment by a Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra quartet.
Saturday will include an arts marketplace outside the museum, where local artists will sell their work in booths, along with a kids' activities booth. Food trucks also will be on site, and beer and wine will be sold.
Saturday night's entertainment includes Kenny Acosta, Dr. Green and the Funk Machine and Captain Green on the Main Stage. The Cultural Arts Stage will include performances by the Cangelosi Dance Project and Family Dinner Improv comedy troupe.