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ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS

600 Main Street  |  5PM - 8PM

THE ANN WHITE ACADEMY GALLERY 

Steve Coates  |  Photography Exhibit  |  “Havana 2017” 

UP FRONT GALLERY

“Love Stories”  |  A Show of Beauty and Breakthrough

Allegra’s Studio worked alongside Humankind’s Therapeutic Foster Care families to capture a series of photographs that help tell their love stories.

ARTS & EDUCATION LOBBY

“Eliminating Racism & Empowering Women”  |  Multi-media group exhibition of women Artists

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: Lew Taylor, pianist          CATERING: Peakland Catering

This event is free and family-friendly.


AMAZEMENT SQUARE

27 9th Street  |  4PM

ART EXPEDITIONS  |  INDONESIAN SHADOW PUPPETS

Learn about art, world traditions, and geography! At each stop, explore and celebrate a different culture and creating inspired artwork. This winter and early spring we will be taking a tour of the largest continent, Asia.

"This week we will be exploring the island of Java in Indonesia.  Here we will be learning about one of the oldest forms of theater, Wayang, where the actors are elaborate shadow puppets!  Come create your own star performer and put on a shadow puppet show." 

This program is free with museum admission or membership.


lynchburg diversity center

901 Jefferson Street, Suite 201  |  5:30PM - 8PM

OPENING EXHIBIT: RESILIENCE: A SHOW OF WORDS & ART

This event is free and family-friendly.


LYNCHBURG MUSEUM

901 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

LYNCHBURG'S JAMES RIVER & KANAWHA CANAL

Museum will display artifacts recovered from the James River and Kanawha Canal discovered during the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project in 2014. 

The CSO project corridor encompasses over four city blocks in between Jefferson Street and the James River from north of 9th Street to south of 13th Street. The area related to the canal most directly affected by the project includes the 9th Street Bridge and the partially filled in canal underneath it. The James River and Kanawha Canal operated in Lynchburg from 1840 until 1877. Items on display recovered from the canal include an assortment of soda, beer, and liquor bottles, medical bottles, ink bottles, and ceramic artifacts.

This event is free and family-friendly.


THE PATRIOTIC PEACOCK

1210 Main Street  |  open until 8PM  

GALLERY & CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

With extended hours, enjoy boutique clothing shopping, view beautiful art throughout the space, and/or take part in a "Paint & Sip" style class: "Cotton Field" beginning at 6:30PM. 

Painting classes for students of all ages and experience levels; $30/person. Register here in advance. 


renaissance theatre

1022 Commerce Street  |  6PM - 8PM

OPENING EXHIBIT: Pamela Winegard  |  Mixed media

Pamela Winegard is a mixed media artist and art educator new to Lynchburg from Charlotte, NC. Strongly motivated by visual narratives and storytelling, she uses encaustic, found materials, graphite, and mixed media on large boards. She conducts an ongoing investigation of the visual narratives created between a community and the places they inhabit.  The imagery is often drawn from “lost” spaces—in particular referencing American architectural icons—but visually reframing the places to renew or recreate the stories inherent in the structures or locations. She is curious about the concepts of nostalgia, transience, permanence, migration, heritage, and other concepts that are used to illustrate our fractured communal “landscapes”. Recreating visual communities using a variety of content and materials is a platform for active engagement and dialogue about social identity.

This event is free and family-friendly.


riverviews artspace

901 Jefferson Street  |  6PM - 8PM

MAIN GALLERY

PERFORMANCE: LYNCHBURG SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA Quartet

EXHIBIT: Threads Redefined  |   Elaine Fleck and Mary Beth Bellah  

Elaine Fleck, a Roanoke artist, weaves a world of bold colors and could-be familiar faces and places in her two-dimensional work painted on fabric. Mary Beth Bellah, from Charlottesville, uses her skill in quilt making to make whimsical 3D pieces and 2D works with elements of mixed media. The natural world comes to life with each artist using her own experiences, and elements of nature and the people who live among it. Both have a knack for texture and textile that complement each other beautifully to redefine fabric as a unique way to see the world around us.

CO-OP GALLERY (GROUND FLOOR)

FEATURE ARTIST: Jurgen Ziesmann  |  EXHIBIT: "Where The Heart Is"

STUDIO 109 

EMERGING ARTIST: Hannah Scott

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

These events are free and family-friendly.


vector space

402 5th Street  |  5PM - 8PM

COSPLAY

Cosplay is the craft of making costumes. Come learn how these intricate details are created using everyday tools and objects. Participants can make their own prop knife out of foam to take home. Kids under 12 will need help from a parent to use exacto knives.

First Fridays at Vector Space is sponsored by The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust.

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 5:30PM. 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

86th annual Georgia Morgan Civic Juried Art Show

The Georgia Morgan show has been held every year since 1932 and is named in honor of a founder and longtime member of the club. All participating artists live within a 35-mile radius of Lynchburg, and accepted work can include a wide range of media, from paintings and photographs to mixed media and sculpture.

The judge for this year’s show will be Dan Shipley. Mr. Shipley studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia and did graduate work at American University in Washington, D.C. He has exhibited and juried extensively in the Mid-Atlantic region and has recently begun teaching art at Randolph College. 

Mr. Shipley states that he finds himself drawn to work that balances skill and technique with ideas: “An art piece demonstrating skill, but containing no ideas that hold my attention, is akin to eating a bowl of sugar: it is exciting and gets my body going, but no nutrition for the long haul. Art that builds on a concept, but lacks skill is distracting. The experience of looking at such a work is like looking out at a vista through a fog; you know there is something to see, but the fog hides its potential. Essentially, I look for work that resonates with me, staying with me long after I view it.”

This event is free and family-friendly.