Galleries will stay open into the night and thousands of art-lovers will fill the streets as the 37th annual Art for Art's Sake kicks off the season on Saturday.
The fun commences with a free family-friendly event at the Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Community Print Shop offers hands-on demonstrations of the printmaker's art. Other art workshops will be led by teaching artists. And there will be performances by Dancing Grounds, the theater group Goat in the Road, and the youth marching band Roots of Music.
At 6 p.m., the atmosphere at the CAC takes a sophisticated turn, with an opening reception and party that goes on until midnight ($10; CAC members free). On view: Ephemera Obscura and Pippin Frisbie-Calder’s Canceled Edition.
Nearby in the Warehouse Arts District, galleries along Julia Street are open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. featuring contemporary and classic art, sculpture and photography. A festive mood prevails, with cash bars outside many galleries and musical entertainment inside the doors.
For more information on galleries, openings and other events, as well as the Contemporary Arts Center party, call (504) 528-3805 or go to cacno.org.
Gallery hopping is just the start for Art for Art's Sake Uptown, as the Magazine Street Merchants Association sponsors a night of music, wine, art and shopping.
Art galleries will be hosting receptions for the first shows of the fall season. But gift shops, antique stores, jewelers and boutiques also stay open late for the event, and the socializing spills into area restaurants and lounges.
The Magazine Street event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, go to magazinestreet.com.