A Cajun Fest ArtWalk in Downtown Abilene Entranced Spectators with a Magical Potion

A Cajun Fest ArtWalk in Downtown Abilene Entranced Spectators with a Magical Potion

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

While walking along downtown streets of Abilene, spectators young and old became entranced by the magical potion that was in the air as they entered into the joyous creative atmosphere. The taste of cotton candy was a treat to many who stood and watched a woman spin and sell the confection to her customers on the spot. The theme for the ArtWalk was Cajun Fest. The sound of music attracted some of the community to watch young performers playing their violins and drums on one street corner. Tables were also set up to accommodate many who had the leisure of dining outside while enjoying the performance. The restored Paramount Theatre across the street added pizzazz and brought authentic history to life. Different affiliations set up booths all around in the same area that was blocked to keep the traffic away. It was an evening of enjoyment as everyone had the opportunity to use their senses of sight, taste and smell. Minter Park was also filled with spectators, as musicians and singers brought a relaxing feeling to onlookers. {{more}}With all the music in different corners, there was no time to get bored. Across the street was the brightest sun shining upon some performing women “belly dancers” that were colorfully dressed in costumes as they danced to a different kind of beat. The Art Galleries downtown were open to the public that displayed beautiful paintings by local artists. The ACU Art Gallery displayed a series of warm colorful paintings that belonged to a popular artist. There were cookies and a non-alcoholic punch for those who walked around enjoying the display. Face painting for the children was lots of fun for the artists and the participants who were set up outside the gallery. It was an evening of artistic experiences for all to remember in the bright sunlight that brought smiles and joy to the community.Polly Jones with her paintings at the ACU Art Gallery. Photo by Frances Gonzalez Boyd Musicians at the Cajun Fest. Photo by Frances Gonzalez Boyd Crystal Lopes with her children Destiny and Tristan . Photo by Frances Gonzalez Boyd Belly Dancers at the Artwalk. Photo by Frances Gonzalez Boyd Masci Sledge, ACU Intern at the Regional Victim Crisis Booth. Photo by Frances Gonzalez Boyd Sheila Richardson with Cotton Candy Creations. Photo by Frances Gonzalez Boyd