Artists gather in downtown La Crosse for special art event

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Local artists are participating in the Downtown Paint Around event.

Artists painted within a one-mile radius of downtown La Crosse and all of the work had to be done outside.

Organizers say that the event is an opportunity to prepare artists for a painting festival in September.

There was no entry fee and all the paintings will be displayed at the River City Gallery for the event’s Saturday opening for two weeks.

The event was open to the public so they can experience what it takes to be an artist.

“We’ve just got a lot of artists out on the streets and sidewalks and parks painting wonderful images of downtown right there on the spot. So you can see them as you go by and chat with them and just kind of see what it takes to put together a piece of art,” said River City Gallery and Art Market founder, Robin Moses.

The event ended today, but in case you missed out, there will be another Downtown Paint Around event Aug. 20 and 21.