CHEYENNE – The Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority has announced a new collaboration among DDA, local artists, the Cheyenne Art Walk and Arts Cheyenne in the form of a pop-up art gallery pilot program, centered around the monthly Art Walk and scheduled for May through September.

This program is centered around working with the owners of empty downtown storefronts to create temporary pop-up art galleries for the monthly Art Walk events over the summer. This project will kick off Thursday for this month’s Art Walk at 113 W. 17th St., where five local artists will be featured during the 5-8 p.m. event.

Each of the five months of this project will have a different theme. The themes include: May: Reclaimed; June: Smalls for the Walls+; July: Wyoming; August: Freeform; and September: Change.

May artists who are participating in the Fill the Space Art Gallery include: Bria Hammock (acrylic), Chad Blakely (acrylic on skateboards), Megan Jon (ceramics), Heather Smith (found object mixed media) and Steve Knox (mixed media on vintage sheet music).

DDA has partnered with Arts Cheyenne to have the “Fill the Space” Art Galleries included on the monthly Art Walk tours (www.cheyenneartwalk.com/" target="_blank">http://www.cheyenneartwalk.com/). DDA will also market the pop-up galleries through social media. Knox, local artist, organizer and member of the Arts Cheyenne Board, will provide outreach to local artists and handle the gallery space scheduling. The goal is to have different artists each month. Knox will also reach out to local musicians to check on the possibility of having live music at the pop-up galleries and schedule them.

DDA is working with property owners to secure additional spaces for the pop-up project.

More information on the “Fill the Space” Art Gallery Project can be found at www.cheyenneartwalk.com; on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DowntownCheyenne; or by emailing Vicki Dugger at vicki@downtowncheyenne.com.

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