Huntsville’s Secret Art Walk

You want to get your dose of daily art, but you don’t want to be stuck inside of the museum for a few hours? Don’t worry, in Downtown Huntsville you can do both. Discover hidden art around Downtown Huntsville in places you’d never think to look.

Much of the art downtown can be found on the Downtown Huntsville Secret Art Trail, created by Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville.

It is located entirely in the Quigley Arts & Entertainment District. Now, let’s begin with our tour.

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Park in the Clinton Avenue Parking Garage and exit onto Clinton. Walk on Clinton toward Washington Street and turn left, then turn left again in 1 short block onto Holmes Ave. Just past the first building, turn left into the alley.

On your left will be the tiny Washington Park, home to stops #5 and #6, two metal sculptures. Sit on the benches and relax a bit.

Washington Park

Keep going down the alley as if you were headed back to the parking garage. Stop #9, a black and white retro mural is on the wall. Keep walking all the way to Clinton and turn right.

Gathering mural by Robert Bean (top) & Refuge of Change by Drop Metal (bottom) / huntsville.org

Next alley turn right and you’ll see multi-panel art exhibit of Color Walk (stop #12) as well as #7 and #8, both of which are painted door murals.

Backtrack to Clinton and head southwest toward the small of coffee wafting from Kaffeeklatch at the corner of Clinton and Jefferson.

Color Walk by Kate LaRocca, Katie Rosetta, Ann Vann, Christina Wegman, Serpouhie Wegman

When you cross Jefferson look up to your right. The oldest art on this tour is stop #13, 3 panels of stained glass hung at the Kaffeeklatch.

Glass artist Ron Hogan helps Kaffeeklatsch’s stained-glass

Just past the building that is the home of Kaffeklatch, turn right into the parking. Stop #4 is another painted door mural but this one blends into its surroundings!

Keep heading southwest and cross Clinton at the light then back track on Clinton. Stop #3 is in the alley to the left, directly across from the last stop.

Valles Marineris by Drop Metal and Frog Door by Susie Garrett / huntsville.org

Turn around and go back on Clinton the way you came, and turn left on Spraggins Street. When you get to the intersection of Spring Street (just 1 block down) you won’t be able to miss the large, brightly colored stop #2 up against the side of a parking garage.

Don’t turn onto Spring, walk into the cul-de-sac and pass the parking garage so that you enter Big Spring Park. Make an immediate left and stop #1 will be on the wall to your left.

Koi Mural by Dustin Timbrook

You almost made it, only two stops to go. Turn right on Jefferson aka West Side Square, then cross the street and left on Southside Square. You should be on the same side of the street as the Cotton Row restaurant. Walk northeast and turn right on Franklin. Stop #10 is on the wall to your left past the first building.

Turn and go back the way you came on Franklin and keep going. Franklin becomes Eastside Square. At Franklin Street, turn right and go one more block down to Green Street and turn right. Stop #11 is directly on your left.

Catalyst mural by Robert Bean

We hoped you enjoyed this tour, it’s time to go back home and rest!

Source: huntsville.org

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