Annual festival recruits artists for exhibition


There are still spots available in the Texan Theater for exhibiting artists at the 2018 KilGogh Arts Festival.

Set once again in the South Kilgore Street venue, the Kilgore Main Street Program event will be able to host 30-plus artists and artisans during the sixth annual Art Exhibition & Wine Tasting Friday, March 23, and the all-day art festival Saturday, March 24.

KilGogh is named in honor of Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh, born March 30, 1853. This week, the festival will celebrate the life of the world-renowned painter with two free screenings of the feature film “Loving Vincent” Thursday evening.

Nominated for an Academy Award, the PG-13 movie is the world’s first fully hand-painted feature film: more than 68,000 paintings were used to animate the movie. Learn more about the selection at or view the trailer at

The free admission ‘Sweets & Cinema’ showings are set for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. and sponsored by Reel East Texas Film Festival with desserts courtesy of Downtown D’Lites. Open-to-the-public in the Texan, any donations Thursday night will benefit ongoing renovations at the downtown venue.

Guests at the screening will also be able to pre-purchase their tickets for KilGogh's upcoming activities.

Later in the month, KilGogh’s annual Art & Wine Exhibition runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 23 in the historic theater. A selection of wines, heavy hors d’oeuvres and gourmet cheeses await guests who come to the exclusive preview to peruse and purchase works by East Texas artists. Tickets for the event are $50 per person, available at

This year’s featured artists include Longview art instructor Jeff Hull and student artist Micah Huber, whose works won the 2017 competition.

The theme for the year – selected by Hull and Huber – is “Gogh With the Flow,” and participating artists will prepare a competition piece that illustrates the new motif. The best professional and student work will earn the artist or artisan a featured spot in 2019.

Artists in any medium can apply for a $40 exhibition space at or by calling the Kilgore Main Street Program at 903-984-5081.

After the Friday night exhibition March 23, the all-day festival welcomes anyone to view the participating artists’ wares from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (March 24) while Kilgore’s Ignition Station hosts 2018’s KidsGogh activities in front of the Texan Theater on South Kilgore Street.

Hannah Beets, who spearheads Harris Street fitness outreach, is developing an array of arts and crafts for children of all ages to enjoy for free during KidsGogh.

Learn more about the events at or log on to To volunteer or register for the 2018 festival, email