For the fifth year of the local ‘East Texas Arts Experience,’ KilGogh’s volunteer committee – part of the Kilgore Main Street Program – is crafting an evening art stroll and all-day arts festival downtown March 31 and April 1.
In addition to the year’s private, pre-festival exhibition, organizers are bringing back family-friendly KidsGogh outdoor art activities as well as a full line-up of live performers and a Cinema Under the Stars showing of a new Disney blockbuster.
First up, the exclusive Friday evening event brings back KilGogh’s annual art and wine exhibition, distributing local artists and artisans throughout businesses and restaurants along Main Street and North Kilgore.
Admission for the private showing is $40 per person, available to adults 21-and-older, and includes wine samples from East Texas vineyards, select hors d’oeuvres, live music and an array of artwork from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, March 31. The ticketed event falls a day after the 163rd anniversary of the birth of the festival’s namesake, Dutch post impressionist Vincent van Gogh.
Tickets are available for pre-purchase at KilGogh.com/pages/Tickets or at Facebook.com/KilGogh.
Activities on Saturday, April 1, begin at 11 a.m. downtown, free and open-to-the-public. Participants can expect a litany of activity including various artists showcasing and selling their exhibitions as well as hands on art projects for children and adults to enjoy.
The art festival has organized a student art competition built around a theme titled, “Goghing Places,” which was chosen by the festivals featured artists, including Mary Lou Rhodes,an Overton ISD art instructor who won Best in Show in 2016.
Other artists include KC dance group, Industry Dance Company, who will take the stage to entertain and dazzle attendees. As the event winds down an after dark showing of Disney’s “Moana” will be projected on a screen courtesy of Longview-Kilgore Cable TV.
The art festival is partially sponsored by Longview-Kilgore Cable and the Kilgore Herald and facilitated by local volunteers. Artists taking part in the event also help contribute a portion of their sales into the festival.