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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - For the second time this year the twin cities are hosting an art crawl. There are 10 different galleries that are free and open to the public. Nolan Crane shows us why the event is important to local artists.

Mark Dooley has been playing his guitar since he was 14 year old. He might not be an international superstar but he has fun.

"A lot of times the best art maybe isn't recognized until after your dead but we try to do something while we are alive," said Mark Dooley.

For artists with their instruments or paint brushes, having people see and appreciate their work is one of their rewards.

"It's your heart and your soul. You're putting yourself out there so when people come in and view your work and then seeing their responses, a lot of them will connect to certain pieces and they'll tell you," said Melanie Douthit.

Melanie gets her inspiration from music which is also the theme of each masterpiece. From John Lennon's let it be, to the King of Rock and Roll, down to the simplicity of a bird, her pictures just don't say a thousand words, each one sings a thousand words.

"I have little song lyrics in the title. For instance there is one that has a bird holding an umbrella that's called ‘It might be raining but there's a rainbow above you," said Douthit.

If music isn't your thing there are nine other art galleries currently taking place. Everyone has an artistic side and there is something to both see and hear during the art crawl.

There are ten different art galleries involved in the art crawl. They are located on Desiard Street, Grand Street and Art Alley in Monroe. The galleries in West Monroe are located on Trenton Street.

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