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ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS

600 Main Street  |  5PM - 8PM

THE ANN WHITE ACADEMY GALLERY 

Frankie Slaughter  |  Mixed Media  |  “Pursuing Now” 

UP FRONT GALLERY

Paul McCroskey  |  Wild Life Photo Adventures  |  Africa & Alaska

ARTS & EDUCATION LOBBY

Annual Lynchburg City Schools Art Exhibition & Art Crawl  |  Grades K-12

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: Laurabella Owens Trio         CATERING: Peakland Catering

This event is free and family-friendly.


AMAZEMENT SQUARE

27 9th Street  |  4PM

 ART EXPEDITIONS  |  INDIAN STONE INLAY

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 taking a journey to India and learning about Parchin Kari.  This is a stunning form of stone inlay that can be found all over India, even in the Taj Mahal!"

This program is free with museum admission or membership.


lynchburg diversity center

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

OPENING EXHIBIT: RESILIENCE: INTERACTIVE COMMUNITY ART PROJECT

Become part of the Resilience Interactive Community Art Project at Gallery 201 on the second floor of Riverviews Artspace.

"We will provide the art supplies and everyone is welcome to join their voice to an ever changing and growing work of art about resilience. Come join the discussion. Let's talk about how to practice resilience in our community through Radical Acts of Self Care. The Lynchburg Diversity Center and Gallery 201 are a Safe Space." 

This event is free and family-friendly.


LYNCHBURG LIBRARY - DOWNTOWN

900 Church Street, City Hall  |  4:30PM - 5:15PM

DR. SEUSS STORYTIME

A celebration of Dr. Seuss's birthday and Read Across America Day at the Downtown Branch of LPL featuring stories, songs, and a craft! Use side entrance of City Hall on 10th Street.

This event is free and family-friendly.


LYNCHBURG MUSEUM

901 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

EXHIBIT: ANTIQUE TOYS

A variety of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century toys will be on exhibit, including an 1886 Guggenheimer's Department Store toy catalog. Also on display will be a turn of the twentieth century rocking horse, metal toy trucks, a 1932 Classroom Printer stamp set, and a pair of “moon shoes.”  

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: "Purple Bouquet" 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  |  8PM - 10:30PM

THEATRE: CALENDAR GIRLS

Directed by Dylan Kennedy Grey, written by Tim Firth (based on the film of the same name), and featuring some of the area's best, brightest, and new talent, Renaissance Theatre is thrilled to present this production of Calendar Girls (winner What's On Stage Award for Best New Comedy 2010)! Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

Purchase tickets here.


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: Beatriz Gutierrez  |  "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: Stephen Kissel  |  "Play Pretend"

Enjoy this exploration in the whimsical and weird with spirited characters and creatures.

"The act of play was pretty important for me growing up. As adults, that can sometimes fall by the wayside. I know it certainly has for myself at times, but I was recently given a longer stretch of time to explore that a bit. Time to experiment. Time to fail. Time to get weird. Time to experiment again. I’ve always had the goal in mind of bringing someone a little joy from what I make. What I’ve realized through this, more than ever, is that to make something that feels fun... you have to have fun doing it."

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

STICKER MAKING

Inkjet, laser, vinyl cutter, custom drawings, packing tape, and so many other methods will be used to make your very own custom stickers. Come join the fun and experiment with the team at Vector Space!

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

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: "Seeing Differently"  |  John Shuptrine & Kathy Cudlin

This show will feature color photographs by John Shuptrine and black & white photographs by Kathy Cudlin, presenting two different approaches to photographic expression.

John Shuptrine has been “watching magic appear in darkroom trays for over forty years,” as he describes it—a continued love affair with textures, shapes, shadows and light. Primarily self-taught, John specializes in black and white (film-based), but with frequent visits to the land of color. His interests include landscapes, both natural and urban, and close-up abstracts. This Art Club Show will be his first and only all-color exhibition. It will include a sampling of some older work, mixed with more recent images. John has had numerous one-man shows in the Lynchburg area, including shows in the New Image Gallery at James Madison University, The Academy of Fine Arts in Lynchburg, and the 1212 Gallery in Richmond Virginia. He has won several awards for his photography including Best in Show at the Lynchburg Fine Arts Center Juried Photography Show. John also received a Gold Award in the B&W Magazine 2005 Annual Edition.

Kathy Cudlin is a fine arts photographer who served as Art Director and photographer for Lovern Advertising for over twenty years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Duke University, Kathy later earned an associate’s degree in design, with an emphasis on photography, at CVCC. She has been included in many regional and national shows over the years and has won awards, including Best in Show at the 2006 Lynchburg Academy of Fine Arts Juried
Photography Show. Her most recent award was a Juror's Choice at the 2017 Academy Center of the Arts Juried Show. Over the years, her work has been accepted in a number of other juried venues: the Nelson Gallery in Lexington, Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg, the Annual Roanoke City Art Show, the Bower Center, Touchstone Gallery in D.C., and the Bethesda International Photography Show.

Kathy considers herself primarily a street photographer. She explains, “I enjoy venturing out into the large, visually chaotic world and selecting elements that cohere into a pleasing or compelling composition. I am interested in a photograph’s ability to freeze a moment in time and remove it from context, and I prefer photographs with people or evidence of people in them. Street photography suggests a narrative, and I leave the interpretation of that narrative up to the viewer."

This event is free and family-friendly.