How cowboys do the Artwalk

Official True Grit book launch takes place at gallery locations across the city Fri Feb 6.


Next First Friday, ditch your friends and instead hang out with Mattie, LaBoeuf, Rooster and that wild card, Tom Chaney. Here’s your chance to include the celebrities of classic Western novel True Grit in your Artwalk entourage.

The Big Read will be infiltrating typical gallery happenings with True Grit book giveaways, Western-themed activity, drinks and food and a general spirit of adventure Fri. Feb. 6, 5:30-8 p.m. at the following locations:

True Grit

  • Alice C. Sabatini Gallery | 1515 SW 10th in the Library | Photography of F.M. Steele exhibit, “What True Grit (Might Have) Looked Like” featuring works that highlight the ranching and early Western culture of the Great Plains region interweaved with scenes from True Grit. Co-sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies.
  • SouthWind Gallery at Framewoods | 3074 SW 29th St. | Get your pic with a facsimile John Wayne, Academy Award winning star of 1969 film True Grit and get the chance to take home a copy of the book. | Art by Zak Barnes and Michael Young


  •  Warehouse 414 | 414 SE 2nd St. | Camp food and book giveaways | Western art by Bob Hayes, Cally Krallman, Lois Druse, Traci Osborn, Susan Poitevin, Judith Sabatini, Linda Shoults and Teresa Taylor

  • XYZ Magazine at Gravity Gallery and Shops  822 1/2 N. Kansas Ave in NOTO | True Grit giveaways and Little Read giveaways featuring Fake Mustache by Tom Angleberger and fake mustache-themed activities for kids. Read More
  • NOTO Burrito and Serendipity | N. Kansas Ave. in NOTO | Book giveaways at both locations. NOTO Burrito has a Cowboy Burrito Special and Serendipity will offer two special cocktails, The Cowboy Breakfast and the John Wayne
  • Portico | 802 N. Kansas Ave. | Book giveaways, a tribute to John Wayne and featuring a life-sized likeness of Wild Bill Hickock by artist Melissa Rau.
  • Also participating: 4 Girls Garage (837 N. Kansas Ave.), Vintage Vibe (833 N. Kansas Ave.), Rusty Haggles (826 N. Kansas Ave.) and Pinkadilly (824 N. Kansas Ave.)

TBR-Logo-InverseThe Big Read is a program of theNational Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of reading in American culture by exposing citizens to great works of literature and encouraging them to read for pleasure and enrichment. 

Leah is a former employee and wrote many stories and articles for the library.