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Downtown Artwalk helps local artists sell work during pandemic

First time some artists have sold artwork since pandemic began in 2020
Art piece by Linda Moss
Art piece by Linda Moss(KSLA)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 7:42 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on everyone, including artists.

Quarantines and social distancing led to the closing of museums and galleries, making it more difficult for artists to display and sell their works. Now restrictions being loosened, events like Shreveport’s Downtown Artwalk are back.

For several artists at the event, this is the first time they could sell their work.

Dawn Ash is an Army veteran and now a full-time artist. She, along with her daughter, are showcasing her art.

“I didn’t sell anything over the entire pandemic,” Ash says. “We had to cut back on many different things, like meats and vegetables are expensive.”

Once the pandemic started, she feared going to any open event. Now, she is thankful to have the opportunity to sell her art.

Right next to Ash, Linda Morris has several paintings up for sell. Before the pandemic hit, she was a massage therapist.

She says she lost and her job and then decided to devote her time to art. Using online marketplaces to sell her pieces, she missed being able to meet people in person.

These are just two of the many artists at the Artwalk.

On the first Thursday of every month, starting May 3 at 5 p.m., the Downtown Development Authority will host the Artwalk.

To learn more about the Artwalk, please click here.

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