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Price: $5; Kids 12 and under free

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Join us for the 2017 Art and Soul Festival! 

Saturday, June 24th from 3-10 PM in historic downtown Wichita Falls. Admission is $5, kids 12 and under get in free

Proceeds will benefit Downtown Wichita Falls Development.

Art and Soul combines the magic of music with the allure of art. The festival, hosted by Downtown Wichita Falls Development, features live music, food vendors, artists and artisans.

Experience the charm of Downtown Wichita Falls at this evening event. Enjoy culinary creations from area food vendors. Explore new forms of art or just relax and let the music carry you away.

Headlining for 2017 will be Big Sam's Funky Nation, a festival favorite across North America. Their contagious tunes and memorable music has sealed its mark on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, Bonnaroo Arts & Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Austin City Limits, Telluride Blues & Brews, Doheny Blues Festival, Wakarusa, Voodoo Music Experience & many more.

The festival is open to art lovers of all ages, and will feature chalk art for an interactive experience. Dress is casual to chic, and comfortable walking shoes are advised.



The Kickin’ Brass Band started with an idea – to bring the New Orleans brass tradition they grew up on, to Dallas, TX and beyond. They take that tradition, and lay it bare for all to see, as their live show brings the energy of the Secondlines they love to light. Born of a love for the New Orleans brass band tradition, and a quest for great musicianship, The band has settled on an nine-piece lineup and are building a career giving the people something to move not only their feet, but their soul.


The Wichita Falls Museum of Art at Midwestern State and Downtown Wichita Falls Development are pleased to announce the dedication of the Arts for All Community Mural.

The mural has been installed on the south exterior wall of the historic Zales building on Ohio Avenue between 8th and 9th streets. The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony on Saturday, June 24, 2017  at 4:30 pm during the Art and Soul festival in downtown Wichita Falls. 

Anne Farley Gaines of Chicago, who has completed several collaborative urban mural projects, orchestrated the design. Special thanks to Museum Program Director Mary Helen Maskill, Bundy, Young, Sims & Potter, Inc. and Cummings Construction, Inc. for their direction of construction and installation of the mural.  More than 500 local artists, students, and participants of all ages contributed to this mixed-media mural honoring Wichita Falls. The title and theme of the mural is “Blue Skies, Golden Opportunities, Red Sunsets.

Dedication details: 

Art and Soul Festival

Zales Building at 8th and Ohio

4:30 PM

Anne Farley Gaines

Anne Farley Gaines received her BA in Studio Art from Principia College, Elsah, Illinois in 1976 and her MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1980.  That year she moved to the Pilsen area of Chicago, now called the Chicago Arts District.  She now owns a Victorian home there which she remodeled and where she lives with Geoffrey Novelli, her sculptor husband, and has her studio.  Gaines has exhibited extensively in various parts of the United States, mainly in the Midwest, and has been both a member and later an affiliate member of A.R.C. Gallery since 1984.  In addition to having had numerous exhibits at A.R.C., Anne has shown at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and Mars Gallery in Chicago in addition to such alternative venues as the Health Clinic for the Arts at University of Illinois in Chicago, the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe, Raue Cultural Arts Center in Crystal Lake, IL, the Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and the Rockford Art Museum to name only a few. To view the full bio click here.


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