After Hours Artwalk kicks off 3rd year

After Hours Art Walk launches - KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (TNN) - Artists came to showcase their work in front of hundreds of attendees at the launch of the third annual After Hours Artwalk.

For Byers resident Dee McMahan, fine art photography is her hobby, but for many Texomans her pictures carry a lot of meaning.

They show historic structures like the original Nocona Boot Company and Red River Bridge. She said that often the images bring a wave a nostalgia over those who come across her work.

“I just love to go out and take pictures for things that have memories for people,” she said.

Thanks to events like the artwalk, she is able to show her pieces to a community that truly appreciates the photographs she has taken.

“I think it's great. My husband and I had been gone from this area for 25, 30 years living in Dallas Houston, Abilene. Some of those places for several years had art walks,” McMahan remembers.

Organizers in Wichita Falls would like to see the After Hours Artwalk continue to grow, and one reason it has in the last three years is thanks to the effort from those passionate about Downtown’s development.

Artwalk Chair Becky Raeke said, “A lot of it's just about community. Everybody does their part to make this happen. It's not just one person, or one artist, or one business that's doing all of it. It's all people coming together to do it.”

It is clear that the time put into each art walk is paying off. “I think that truly that having something like this is what’s going to keep communities alive,” McMahon said.

The artwalk will continue through October and it will be held on the first Thursday of every month.

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