A guided art walk is planned for September in the Railroad Square area

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Tallahassee’s new art appreciation adventure begins Saturday, September 4 with a free guided walk through Gaines Street – Railroad Square.

The tour leader will share stories and stories of the artists and their murals and sculptures as they walk around. Stories of love and tragedy will be mixed with a dive into the history of Gaines Street, the railroad depot and Railroad Square. The easy pace will allow walkers to familiarize themselves with the shops and restaurants in the region.

A tour will begin at 9 a.m. each Saturday from September 4 to November 27. The 1.5 mile flat path begins at the Gay Street and Gaines Street Bus Bench and takes approximately two hours.

Retired journalist Don Ruane will lead the art tours in September.

The tour is modeled after the San Francisco City Guides program, which offers free tours throughout the city. Like the City Guides, a donation envelope to support the tour will be given at the end of the tour. Donations will be used for expenses or donated to a local non-profit charity.

Retired journalist Don Ruane is originally and will lead the tour. He began researching records and interviewing artists in late 2019. He spent most of his 40-plus years in journalism in Southwest Florida, where he covered everything from mundane government meetings to a shootout between rivals in a marijuana grow house.

No registration is required, but it’s helpful to know how many people are planning to attend so that the walks can start on time. Use this email address to register: [email protected] or call Ruane at 239-464-3429.

See Tallahassee Art Walks on Facebook.com for more of the art you’ll see.

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