Every fall, the streets of downtown Alpine transform during the annual Artwalk celebration, which celebrates its 30th anniversary from November 17 to 18. To mark this much-loved family-friendly occasion, approximately seventeen different art cars including hot rods and low riders will be parading through town on Saturday alongside a slew of butterflies, longhorns, and colorful characters from the beloved Austin Bike Zoo. With the streets closed off, visitors will be able to walk safely while exploring the host of delicious food vendors and talented arts dealers selling their handmade wares at the local market.
For the first time this year, the historic Granada Theatre will also be taken over by local and regional artists selling their diverse handicrafts. Meanwhile, four different stages will host a medley of musicians playing a range of musical styles and sounds throughout the weekend.
Each year, Artwalk Alpine honors a different artist. The 2023 selection is none other than the local talent, Tom Curry, who moved to the city in 1993. Curry, who is highly accoladed for his illustrations and graphic design work for clients like Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, has attended every Artwalk over the years. His latest work, a new painting entitled “Artwalk Jack” features a jovial jackelope, adorned in a western pearl snap shirt, with a crown of antlers holding guitars and palettes, brushes, and paint. Prints of the celebrated work are for sale online for $250. More broadly, Artwalk Alpine promotes the arts in rural West Texas through various efforts, be it the development of school art programs or the endorsement of community facilities.
Kerri Blackman is the Executive Director of this beloved West Texas affair, and says the event has an enormous economic impact for the community, including the local hotels, restaurants, gasoline stations, and retail shops. The fact that it is traditionally planned the weekend before Thanksgiving has also made it an unprecedented celebration for loved ones coming together.
“What we have found over the years is that locals invite their families to come for the weekend of Artwalk and stay through Thanksgiving,” she says. “It is a really good shot in the arm for the community, and it has become a family reunion too.”
Cover photo by Olaf Growald.
This article was produced by Texas Music’s content studio as part of a paid partnership with Visit Alpine.