Downtown Roanoke, Inc. is excited to provide horse drawn carriages during Friday night’s Art by Night event, which has now been moved to the first Friday of each month. The carriages, run by Lexington Carriage Company, will be available at five stops throughout the Market District and the Arts District from 5pm until 9pm, and will run on roughly 15 minute intervals. Carriages will be free to use.
The carriages will continue to be part of Art by Night throughout the spring on an experimental basis. The goal is to provide a convenient and fun way to get people moving further throughout downtown concurrent with this great event showcasing downtown galleries and studios.
DRI President and CEO Sean Luther said “This will offer a great way for visitors of the Market Area to reach all the participating galleries in Art by Night, and it’s also a great way for Art by Night attendees to experience all the dining options that downtown has to offers.”
Stops include intersections of Market St. and Salem Ave., Campbell Ave. and Wall St., Jefferson St. and Kirk Ave., Kirk Ave. and First St., and in the 200 block of Campbell Ave. SE.
A map with galleries and stops can be found here.
Below is information that was released earlier by the City of Roanoke:
Roanoke’s monthly premier art event, Art by Night, will open the 2011 season with a new night to better accommodate the schedules of its art loving public. The kick-off is Friday, April 1, with galleries opening from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Art-lovers enjoy gearing up for the weekend and what better way to celebrate the First Friday of each month than with Art by Night. This Roanoke favorite, which began many years ago, showcases the thriving local arts community and features diverse art galleries and artist’s studios in the downtown area. The welcoming informality of Art of by Night attracts crowds of casual browsers as well as serious buyers to each of the venues.
Art by Night evenings feature artist openings, demonstrations, refreshments, live music and face-to-face interactions with local artists. This no admission event is one of Roanoke’s most well-attended cultural amenities, brings together the community and is an opportunity to support and purchase the artwork of Roanoke’s amazing talent. Over 120 artists participate in Art by Night with their works found in the 10 downtown Roanoke galleries.
A self-guided walking tour is encouraged for individuals not familiar with the galleries. A brochure of this tour is available at all galleries, as well as tourist locations which include the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, local hotels, and businesses. Visit the website at www.roanokeartbynight.com for a printable brochure and map.
The event is organized by local artists. Free Friday evening parking begins at 5 p.m. and is available in the Warehouse Row Lot on Salem Avenue, the Williamson Road Lot, and the Elmwood Lot and Parking Garage. Reduced parking fees are available at all other parking lots and garages on Friday nights starting at 4 p.m.
Downtown Roanoke, Inc. is a tax-exempt member organization first chartered in 1960 to provide services and support to downtown property owners, businesses and residents. DRI provides services throughout the Downtown Service District under a contract with the City of Roanoke and also manages the Historic Roanoke City Market which is the oldest continuously-operating open air market in Virginia. DRI also presents a number of showcase events in downtown Roanoke including the Harvest Festival, and the SunTrust Dickens of a Christmas - a major holiday season street festival taking place each year on the first three Fridays of December.