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ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS

600 Main Street  |  5PM - 8PM

THE ANN WHITE ACADEMY GALLERY & UP FRONT GALLERY

Annual National Juried Art Exhibition  |  82 Artists from 17 States
Juror: Laura McManus, Curator of Education, Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College

ARTS & EDUCATION LOBBY

Juried Art Exhibition  |  College students from Lynchburg College, Randolph College, and Sweet
Briar College

Join the Academy for First Fridays Lynchburg as they unveil their latest art exhibits, featuring an array of local, regional, and national artists presenting works in varying mediums. Refreshments will be served.

MUSIC: Daniel Kepel Young        CATERING: Marianne Rhodes & Rosalie Short

This event is free and family-friendly.


AMAZEMENT SQUARE

27 9th Street  |  4PM

 ART EXPEDITIONS  |  FINNISH LAPLAND FELT SQUARES

Learn about art, world traditions, and geography! At each stop, explore and celebrate a different culture and create inspired artwork.

"This month journey to the Finnish Lapland where we will learn about the Sami people and create artwork inspired by their intricate clothing!"

This program is free with museum admission or membership.


LYNCHBURG MUSEUM

901 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

EXHIBIT: WEDDING GOWNS

Wedding items from the 1830s through the 1960s will be showcased. Objects include wedding
gowns, gloves, shoes, invitations, and wedding planning guides. Of special note: the gloves and
ribbons worn by Elivra Daniel on her wedding day in 1836 at Point of Honor will be on display.

This event is free and family-friendly.


riverviews artspace

901 Jefferson Street  |  6PM - 8PM

MAIN GALLERY

EXHIBIT: TRUE NATURE  |   Ceci Cole-McInturff and Suzanne DeSaix

“What are the common threads within each human, including consciousness, which extend outward beyond ourselves? How do we humans fit into the natural world, the complex, ecosystem of which we are a part?” These are the questions Ceci Cole-McIntruff and Suzanne DeSaix contemplate in their site specific installation at Riverviews Artspace. The artwork created by both artists uses an abundance of natural material, from horse hair and various animal skins to sand, wood, and vines, along with handmade paper. By using these materials, the artists hope viewers will reevaluate their awareness and connection to the environment and natural world. 

CO-OP GALLERY (GROUND FLOOR)

FEATURED ARTIST: Cheryl Hawkins  |  "Gardens & Pastures"

G9 (GROUND FLOOR)

AFRICA HOUSE  |  PHARAOH'S MARKETPLACE

Meet owner, Cynthia Merchant and find authentic African carvings, woven baskets, fabrics and other crafts are available for purchase; she will also be promoting African and American artists.

STUDIO 109 

EMERGING ARTIST: Ryan Cranes  |  "VIBES"

Enjoy this exhibition & album listening with special guest DJs JXN and Tony Day.

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

LIVE MUSIC & LOCAL ART

You're Jovian has a vibe reminiscent of something The Cure might have released in between "Seventeen Seconds" and "Head On The Door"—that is, if Thurston Moore had stepped back in time to team up with Robert Smith. 

TLVS is art-rock trio has become a favorite of Lynchburg’s thriving musical scene thanks to their ambient instrumentals that leave their performances feeling more like flowing art than traditional rock music. The ever-changing textural beauty lends itself to some rewarding and cathartic listening experiences. 

Jacob Laverty will showcase hand drawn poster artwork with prints available for purchase. 

Doors 7pm, music shortly after, show concludes at 10pm.


vector space

402 5th Street  |  5PM - 8PM

CONCRETE COASTERS

Come pour your own concrete coasters! Add a creative spin with paint, inlays, and more. 

"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 WHITE HART CAFÉ

1208 Main Street  |  6PM - 9PM

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Perform or just watch! The stage is open for you: find music, poetry, and more.

Sign-ups begin at 6PM. Artists must provide their own instruments and materials for the night. 

This event is free and family-friendly.


ADDITIONAL FIRST FRIDAYS EVENTS OUTSIDE DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG


Lynchburg Art Club

1101 Rivermont Avenue  |  5PM - 8PM

EXHIBIT: "Places We Love"  |  Kathleen Busch, Karen Lisle, and Linda Williams

Kathleen Busch was born in New York and brought up in the Washington, D.C. area. Her varied career has taken her from teaching to managing a boutique to becoming a manager in college admissions. Among her many achievements, she co-founded an arts and crafts co-op in Richmond, Virginia, and was an original member of an arts and crafts center in Boone, North Carolina.

Kathleen says, “I strive to capture reality while emphasizing the beauty of light within the composition. Different media produce different results, so I work in oil, pastel, and gouache.” She explains that river scenes are a favorite subject because her husband is a dedicated fly fisherman. She enjoys painting still life, portraits, and city scenes. Her work has been featured in the club galleries, at Poplar Forest, and at the Bower Center. Her paintings have been chosen for the judge’s fence at the Lynchburg Art Festival several years in a row, and she has had work chosen for juried shows. She was the featured artist at Changes Inc. Gallery in 2014.

Karen Lisle gained an unusual perspective on the world very early in life, having grown up in Africa and the Middle East. Karen graduated from Randolph Macon Woman’s College with a B.A. in Studio Art after studying with Robert Fuller and Elliott Twery. She describes her paintings as “not quite photo realism, but it’s close. My talent as an artist lies in being able to translate what I saw initially into an accurate and appealing painting, and I am very grateful for that skill.”

Her collages in “Places We Love” are created from strips of paper cut from her earlier watercolor paintings. She says, “The exercise of creating these pieces helped me let go of the originals, and focus on the process of making new and more pleasing designs.” Karen has shown work at The Academy Warehouse Theatre, Lynchburg Art Festival, Magnolia Foods, Pheasant’s Eye, The Lynchburg Art Club, Riverviews’ Co-op Gallery, and Westminster Canterbury. She received Royal County Arts and Compliments of the House awards in past Art Festivals and won an Honorable Mention in the 2017 85th Annual Georgia Morgan Show.

Linda Williams, originally from Alexandria, VA, received her bachelor’s in Art Education and History from Radford University and later earned a master’s in administration from Lynchburg College She has had a thirty-eight year career teaching art at E.C. Glass where she also served as the head of the Cultural Arts Department, the Director of Cultural Activities, and was set designer for a number of musical productions. She has also taught at the Fine Arts Center and the Art Club. Her dedicated teaching career including taking her students to
Europe and teaching them to engage in art projects in the Lynchburg community. Some of their murals can still be seen at Amazement Square.

Since retirement, Linda has enjoyed the freedom to paint, to experiment with various mediums and styles, and to create work based on her travels and interests. She says, “My mission is to enjoy life and the people around me, and this has been the inspiration for my work.” She has exhibited work at the Art Club, The Lodge of the Fisherman, New Vistas, and had a painting purchased for the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center.

This event is free and family-friendly.