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ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS

600 Main Street  |  5PM - 8PM

THE ANN WHITE ACADEMY GALLERY 

Kevin Chadwick  |  "Past-Present / Contemporary Southern Portraits"  |  Paintings

UP FRONT GALLERY

Matt Gulley  |  “Unafraid of Color: Atmospheres and Objects from the American South” | Oil Paintings

ARTS & EDUCATION LOBBY

Academy Center of the Arts Staff Art Exhibition

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: TBA       CATERING: Peakland Catering

ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS HISTORIC THEATRE

Dvorak’s New World Symphony | The Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra performs Dvorak's New World Symphony in the newly restored Academy Center of the Arts Historic Theatre.

This event is free and family-friendly


LYNCHBURG MUSEUM

901 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

EXHIBIT: DOLLS AND FIGURINES FROM LYNCHBURG FAMILIES

Beginning in the early 20th century, toy manufacturers began making a variety of mechanical, metal, and porcelain dolls and figurines. Many young Lynchburg residents became the happy owners of these toys and treasured them for years. Sometimes dolls were brought back as souvenirs from travels or purchased from local stores. Handmade dolls and figurines became rare, and over the years grew into an art form. The Museum will also exhibit historical photographs of local children with their favorite dolls.

This event is free and family-friendly


RENAISSANCE THEATRE

1022 Commerce St | 6PM - 8PM

EXHIBIT: WONDERFUL WORLD OF COLOR

The Seven Hills will have three individual artists showing at The Renaissance Theater.  Carolyn Prince works with oil and acrylic and will be showing primarily landscapes. Linda Campbell is an abstract artist who works in acrylic medium.  Bobby Terry enjoys painting colorful animals working with acrylics as her medium.

The art will be available for purchase and viewing during First Friday and other times during the month when plays are going on at the theater.

IN THE THEATRE: DRIVING MISS DAISY

When Daisy Werthan crashes her car, her son arranges for her to have a chauffeur named Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but they gradually form a close friendship over the years, one that transcends racial prejudices and social conventions.

Click here to get your tickets now http://www.renaissancetheatrelynchburg.org/2019-season.html


riverviews artspace

901 Jefferson Street  |  6PM - 8PM

CRADDOCK-TERRY GALLERY

EXHIBIT: Opening for Kris Rehring and Simeon Youngmann

CO-OP GALLERY (GROUND FLOOR)

MAY FLOWERS | group show of all Co-Op Members.  

FIRST FLOOR

Emerging Artist Series featuring Natsukashii, photography by Kiera Hight. Pop-up featuring illustrator Todd Webb, doing $1 portraits.

STUDIO 109 

Opening for MT Playground, interactive art installation by Michael Twery. Live demonstration throughout First Friday.

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

These events are free and family-friendly


vector space

402 5th Street  |  5PM - 8PM

HOW TO: SCREEN PRINTING

This month Benaiah Prints is here to demonstrate how screen printing works. From design to screen, you can learn about the process and print your own t-shirt. One shirt per family will provided; additional shirts are $5 or feel free to bring your own! As always, First Friday is free and family-friendly. Makerspace tours will be available via Vector Space members.

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


ADDITIONAL FIRST FRIDAYS EVENTS OUTSIDE DOWNTOWN LYNCHBURG


Lynchburg Art Club

1101 Rivermont Avenue  |  5PM - 8PM

EXHIBIT: "Dreams, Places, and Spirits"  |  Valerie Dowdy, Suzy Eick, Tom Morris

Valerie Dowdy is a recent transplant to Lynchburg from Southwest Virginia. She enjoys using her creativity to concentrate on both painting and community service. She describes herself as a surrealist painter. She explains her style is bold, distinctive, and cerebral. She says, “My work is derived from a feminine perspective of culture, status, gender, and the environment.” Of her current work, she states, “I examine the evolving connection between the phases of girl, woman, and crone, and visually unearth the changes influenced by nature, life, culture, and movements of ageism, sexism, size, beauty, and class.”

Suzy Eick has loved working with her hands since she was a young child. She remembers making rag dolls, collages, and mixing paint with crayons and other media. She grew up near fine art museums in Maryland and New York City and learned from her many visits. As an adult, after several years in business, she received a teaching degree in art and taught for twenty years. She was finally able to paint full time after moving to Virginia. She continues to learn and grow as an artist and relishes the time spent in her studio.

Tom Morris was born in New Rochelle, New York. His proximity to New York City gave him wide exposure to the cultural and artistic explosions going on in the galleries, streets, and clubs of Lower Manhattan and Greenwich Village. At the same time, he was also an hour’s drive from the rural beauty of Connecticut and the Hudson Valley. After high school, he began to travel around the country and in 1971, he reconnected with a childhood friend who was an accomplished weaver at Lynchburg College. He became part of a group in Forest that created arts and crafts. During this time, Tom explored writing poetry, sculpting, woodcarving, stone masonry and carpentry. In 1974 he began building theater sets for RMWC and soon found himself acting in the productions. He went on to pursue a professional acting career in Michigan and spent time in NYC acting and modeling. While in NYC he also earned a B.S. degree at Iona College in Construction and Facilities Management, later managing building projects in Hawaii, then coming back to Lynchburg to begin a career as an Engineers Rep for large construction projects. Tom has been Vice President of the Poetry Society of Virginia, and enjoys creating complex and imaginative sculptures out of found objects.

The May Pop-Up Gallery Event will be held Sunday, May 9, at 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. in the gallery. Valerie Dowdy and Tom Morris will have a conversation focused on their creative process and the works on display.

This event is free and family-friendly