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SPECIAL COLLABORATION

STORY CORPS

Your Lynchburg Story is a special program designed to promote, preserve and share a collection of Lynchburg history with recorded testimonies of memories from the members of the community to be shared on social media and other avenues.

The City of Lynchburg is looking for citizens who are interested in sharing their notable stories and memories on camera. Those interested are invited to come to Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson Street during First Fridays, April 5, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. to record up to a three-minute Lynchburg story—personal experiences, family history and traditions, childhood memories, food, music and much more!

For more information call (434) 455-3800.

ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS

600 Main Street  |  5PM - 8PM

THE ANN WHITE ACADEMY GALLERY & UP FRONT GALLERY

Annual National Juried Art Exhibition | Juror: Joan Ranzini | 49 Artists from 12 States

ARTS & EDUCATION LOBBY

Zeta Chi Honor Society – Juried Student Show | Arnulfo Jacinto - Instructor

FIRST FRIDAY OPENING

Friday, April 5 from 5-8pm with a Juror’ Talk at 5:30 pm. Cash Awards will be presented at 6:00 pm.

MUSIC: Curtis Sydnor, pianist CATERING Peakland Catering

These events are free and family-friendly.

WAREHOUSE THEATRE

North Mississippi Allstars: A southern rock and blues band straight from Hernando, Mississippi will bring their rockin’ energy to the stage this Friday. Tickets to this event are on sale for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm. Music begins at 7:30pm.


AMAZEMENT SQUARE

27 9th Street  |  4PM

 ART EXPEDITIONS  |  WEAVE YOUR OWN MANDALA

Make your own mandala through weaving techniques using string and popsicle sticks!

This program is free with museum admission or membership.


LYNCHBURG MUSEUM

901 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

EXHIBIT: LYNCHBURG FLORISTS

This month, the Museum will display arrangements and other items from Lynchburg Florists. Flowers have been a part of Lynchburg celebrations and holidays for centuries. Special occasions like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, weddings, and funerals all showcased different floral arrangements created by professional florists. In honor of Doyle’s Florist celebrating their 100th anniversary, the Lynchburg Museum will feature items from local florists and their creations. Florists’ cards, photographs, and memorabilia will be on display, dating from the early to mid-20th century.

This event is free and family-friendly.


riverviews artspace

901 Jefferson Street  |  5PM - 7PM

MAIN GALLERY

EXHIBIT: POLITICAL DISCOURSE  |   Group showing featuring George Lorio, Howard Skrill, and Jenny Wu

Discourse is defined by Merriam Webster as the “formal and orderly and usually extended expression of thought on a subject.” At Riverviews Artspace, we have seen an uptick in contemporary artists expressing their thoughts and reactions through political work. With a predominant link to America’s current social and economic landscape, Riverviews has invited artists, George Lorio, Howard Skrill, and Jenny Wu for the upcoming exhibition, Political Discourse. Each artist uses their differing media to express their views, while using these works to create awareness and conversation. Riverviews Artspace is a nonpartisan organization with a mission in presenting contemporary art exhibitions, focusing on contemporary trends, as diverse as our community.

STUDIO 106

Allegra Photography: City of Lynchburg Story Corp, walk-in interviews

CO-OP GALLERY

Featured Artist of the Month opening for Lynell Hilt

STUDIO 109 

Emerging Artist series featuring Reed Dillon  |  "SEMI-PRECIOUS”

Artist Statement:  Memories cling to us like skin. Indelible ink stained in our conscious and sub-conscious forever. Memories are precious and are tragic. Objects are connected to memories; they evoke emotions and become metaphors of another place and time

STUDIO 207

Yoga Goodness: Kitty Cats, Snakes and Palm Reading, paintings by Azalea

Be sure to view all of the open Artist Studios throughout!

These events are free and family-friendly.


SPEAKERTREE

901 Jefferson Street, Suite G7  |  7PM - 10PM

RWANDA NIGHT

Please come out for Downtown Lynchburg’s First Friday’s event and stop by Speakertree and experience “Rwanda Night”. A free event where we will be playing Rwanda contemporary music, serve light refreshments, look at amazing African artwork by Figy Art and you can meet the artist himself! We will be displaying pictures of our work in Rwanda, Africa and videos for all to see. We want to introduce you to this amazing country and fall in love with it just as we have. Stop by also to support some of the Rwandan team members who be traveling with us to Rwanda in July. Free event but donations are always welcome to support loving, growing and empowering people in Rwanda.

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vector space

402 5th Street  |  5PM - 8PM

BOOMERANGS

How do boomerangs work, anyway? Learn the physics of the boomerang, see some big ones in action, and make your own cardboard version to take home. 

"Each month we offer a free and family-friendly activity. Learn new skills, see demonstrations, and meet other makers."

This event is free and family-friendly.


THE VIRGINIAN HOTEL

712 Church Street

Oil Paintings by Arnulfo Jacinto displayed throughout first floor presented by the Academy Center of the Arts.

ADDITIONAL FIRST FRIDAYS EVENTS OUTSIDE DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG


Lynchburg Art Club

1101 Rivermont Avenue  |  5PM - 8PM

The Lynchburg Art Club’s April Exhibit, “From Lynchburg to Scotland,” features work by Sherry Moore Pope and Carolyn Prince

The Lynchburg Art Club’s April Exhibit, “From Lynchburg to Scotland,” will showcase paintings by Sherry Moore Pope and Carolyn Prince. The exhibit will open on First Friday, April 5, with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will run through Sunday, April 28.

Sherry Moore Pope has been interested in art ever since she can remember and took every art class available in grade school. She remembers her mother encouraged her by letting her paint a Christmas mural on their kitchen wall. Years later, while driving a school bus, her drawing of a school bus was transferred to T-shirts for other drivers in the area. Further encouraged, she took art classes through Campbell County and realized painting was exactly what she must do! She has taken many classes with local instructors and is currently studying with Ron Boehmer, a well-known plein air artist and teacher.

Sherry explains, “I strive to convey my thoughts and feelings through my works. My subject matter is widely varied, although I am drawn to architecture and still life. While oil is my favorite medium, I also work with acrylics and charcoal, and I love using color.” She is a member of 7 Hills Art Club and the Lynchburg Art Club and she serves both clubs in vari- ous capacities. “I thoroughly enjoy meeting and working with other artists,” Sherry says. “My paintings can be seen at various galleries in Lynchburg and the surrounding area. They may also be seen at my home gallery by appointment only or on my Facebook page, Artworks by Sherry.”

Carolyn Prince, who has a number of images of Scotland in this exhibition, has been painting on and off since she was a student at Perrymont Elementary School. She says, “I have always enjoyed just doodling.” This enjoyment led her to take a few art classes at E.C. Glass High School and then to enroll in some art classes at Wilmington College in Ohio. In Lynchburg, she has taken numerous classes at the Academy Center of the Arts, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation, and the Lynchburg Art Club.

When her children were in school at Sandusky Elementary, several mothers began teaching art on a volunteer basis. Carolyn describes herself as lucky to have been a part of that program and to have taught art to children for eight years. Continuing her love of teaching, Carolyn has more recently taught “paint and sip” classes for non-profit groups on a volunteer basis. Having come a long way from “just doodling,” she has painted in watercolor, acrylics, created pastel portraits for a number of years, and now works primarily in oils.

This event is free and family-friendly.