First Fridays April 7


THE ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS  |  600 MAIN ST.

Join the Academy from 5-8pm, as they unveil their latest art exhibit, featuring an array of local, regional and national artists presenting works in varying mediums.

Music by Laurabella Owen, Catering by Marianne Rhodes & Rosalie Short

The Ann White Academy Gallery Annual National Juried Art Exhibition featuring 25 Artists from 10 States. Juror: Lauren Rice, Assistant Professor of Art, Longwood University.

Arts & Education Lobby Christine Rooney and Students – Pastels and Encaustics


LYNCHBURG DIVERSITY CENTER  |  901 JEFFERSON ST. SUITE 201

Stop by the Lynchburg Diversity Center for this month’s show: "Inspiration and Action" by local artist Ezra Webb. 

GALLERY 201 is a wall in the Lynchburg Diversity Center dedicated to showcasing LGBTQ+ artists.


LYNCHBURG MUSEUM  |  901 COURT ST.

Enjoy extended hours on Friday, April 7th from 5pm – 8pm. This month, the Museum will exhibit materials related to Lynchburg doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies with an emphasis on the time period 1840-1950.

Admission to the Museum is FREE.

“Before the Civil War, doctors in Lynchburg usually traveled to the home to see patients. Hospitals were associated with the poor, dirty conditions, and death. During the Civil War, Lynchburg became a major Confederate hospital center with over 20 hospitals in the city. In the postwar period, the image of hospitals changed for the better and they were run by private organizations like the Marshall Lodge Memorial Hospital on Grace Street, created by the Masons. Lynchburg got its first public hospital when Lynchburg General opened in 1912 on the corner of Federal Street and Hollins Mill Road.”

Objects on display include photos, medical instruments, Dr. Walter Johnson’s receipt books, a scrapbook, and a ca. 1880 microscope. Items of special interest include medical tools from the 1850s and the 1940s.


OPERA ON THE JAMES  |  701 MAIN ST.

First Fridays on April 7 in downtown Lynchburg will be enhanced by Random Acts of Shakespeare which will celebrate Shakespeare’s text and stories in opera, operetta, classical art song, Broadway, and spoken monologues.

Random Acts of Shakespeare is art “up close and personal,” performed by Opera on the James’ Tyler Young Artists and is crafted to engage audiences with pop-up performances which surprise and delight.

Locations and approximate times of the impromptu performances are as follows:

  • 5:00 pm: Lynchburg Art Club  
  • 5:45 pm: Lynchburg Museum                          
  • 6:15 pm: Riverviews Artspace                        
  • 7:00 pm: Academy Center of the Arts            
  • 7:30 pm: Main Street Eatery                        

THE PATRIOTIC PEACOCK STUDIO & BOUTIQUE  |  1210 MAIN ST.

Enjoy boutique clothing shopping with extended hours until 8pm, view beautiful art throughout the space, or take part in a "paint & sip" style class.

Friday evening beginning at 6:30pm they will teach you how to paint a "Lovely Lavender Jar". Plan for two hours of fun with supplies included! Bring a drink or snack. $30/person. Painting Classes are for students of all ages and experiences levels. Register online.

"Our artists give each customer individual attention; but more importantly, we have a lot of fun together!"


RENAISSANCE THEATRE  |  1022 COMMERCE ST.

From 5:30pm – 8pm Emerging Artist/Photographer Robert Pennix will be featured.

This one-man show highlights both Robert Pennix’s art and photography. He began drawing at a very young age using various mediums to express color, perspective, shading and shapes. It reflects in his pencil drawings where details in portraits come alive on the page. Pennix’s oil paintings have received numerous awards throughout his artistic career and people throughout the Lynchburg area have commissioned him to paint them in pastels and pencil. He pays attention to the subject in order to achieve their likeness and expression that is distinctly characteristic of the individual.

Pennix began his interest in photography in college. Early in his career after college, he worked at a design company developing film and setting up product shoots for photography sessions. This enhanced his love for the camera, which he takes everywhere with him. While Pennix uses the camera to record his subjects for his portraits, he also uses it to capture everyday life and his travels. He started to venture out with the intention of discovering things that draw his attention. When one studies his photographs, it becomes obvious that the subject matter is secondary to his innate understanding of composition and arrangement. Photography has unleashed a level of creativity that he wants to share with others.


RIVERVIEWS ARTSPACE  | 901 JEFFERSON ST.

April is special at Riverviews Artspace as it’s opening night to their 4th annual BeatBurg—a month long celebration of poetry and spoken word! Watch for banners and posters with poetry throughout downtown in the windows of participating restaurants and businesses!

In the Craddock-Terry Gallery Riverviews will welcome all of their participating BeatBurg poets to an open mic night from 5:30pm - 8pm. 

WNRN has a satellite gallery in Studio 114 featuring the art of Christina Ball.

Good Karma Tea Co. on the first floor stays open for the duration of First Friday. 

Various artist studios will be open on the second floor as well.


VECTOR SPACE  |  402 FIFTH ST.

Steel Stamping—Use metal punches to monogram anything that will hold still!

Explore metal stamps in this hands-on activity from 5pm - 8pm at Vector Space! Kids and adults can come learn to use metal letter, number, and symbol stamps to emboss different surfaces. Have something that you want to personalize? Bring it in and give it a try! They’ll provide leather, wood, metal, and other materials for you to practice with. 


YOGA GOODNESS STUDIO  |  901 JEFFERSON ST.

Yoga Goodness Studio will be celebrating their 2nd birthday Friday night with lots of treats, drinks, and music! Check out their “Goodness and Yoga” Art Show featuring work by members of the community, all relating to the theme of yoga—goodness, connection, community, peace, and transformation.  

At 6:45, enjoy a short (3-4 minute) NIA dance performance, called Love Song to the Earth.  “This is our present to the community, to express love for nature: the earth, plants, and all animals, including humans!  It expresses the joy of movement and appreciation of the arts.”