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ACADEMY CENTER OF THE ARTS

600 Main Street  |  5PM - 8PM

THE ANN WHITE ACADEMY GALLERY 

Kristin Reiber Harris  |  Patterns in Nature: Real and Imagined  |  Woodcuts and Drawings

UP FRONT GALLERY

Melinda Arthur  |  Animal Portraits  |  Oil Paintings and Drawings

ARTS & EDUCATION LOBBY

Annual Artist Members' Cash and Carry Holiday Sale  |  Find Pottery, Paintings, Photography, Jewelry and More!

MUSIC: Matthew Billings, Pianist       CATERING: Peakland Catering

This event is free and family-friendly.


first unitarian church

818 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

VEGGIE VITTLES  

This new initiative to help residents learn more about vegetarian and vegan cooking—will include free food tastings!

"The November menu will include: Mexican Quinoa One-Skillet Dinner and  Indian Curry Panang Sauce with Rice and Veggies. We will also have the recipes available for visitors to take home and try in their own kitchen. Come sample this month’s tasty selections and learn more about a plant-based diet!"

This event is free and family-friendly.


LIVE MUSIC

9th & Commerce Streets  |  5PM - 7PM

DAMOUS MOSS  

Enjoy some southern rock from this local musician on the streets of Downtown Lynchburg!


LYNCHBURG COMMUNITY MARKET

1219 Main Street  |  Open until 8PM

Lynchburg Community Market will be participating in First Fridays

  • 10th Anniversary of the Lynchburg Community Market Heritage Crafter’s Gallery!
  • Cane Creek Country and Stitchin’ with Pizzazz will be demonstrating their craft and answering questions.
  • Meet their artist – Photographer Emmanuel Tanjala
  • Spearman Artisanry will offer 20% off their entire purchase. Stop by for refreshments.

This event is free and family-friendly.


lynchburg diversity center

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

OPENING EXHIBIT: MICHAEL BOROWSKI  |  "QUEER CONSTRUCTS"

This solo art exhibition will include a talk by the artist at 6:30 pm.

Assistant Professor of Photography at Virginia Tech, Michael uses metaphors of construction and building throughout his interdisciplinary work. Through photography, installation, and performance, he addresses ways in which societal values are expressed in urban environments and imagines alternative visions of domesticity. Skeptical of the traditional, single-family home, he works to open up the imagined and physical limitations between strangers and public versus private space.

This event is free and family-friendly.


LYNCHBURG MUSEUM

901 Court Street  |  5PM - 8PM

LYNCHBURG DAIRY EXHIBIT

According to Lynchburg City Directories, the first dairy in Lynchburg opened in 1896. Since
then, there have been over 70 dairies operating in the Hill City including: Westover Dairy, Quality Dairy, Wishmore Creamery, and Lynchburg Dairy.

Founded in the 1930s, Westover Dairy operated under that name until 1973 when the company
was sold and the name changed to Flav-O-Rich. In 1979, Flav-O-Rich was sold to Kroger Co.
who restored the Westover name. The product line is still in business today producing milk,
yogurt, sour cream, and cottage cheese among other items.

This event is free and family-friendly.


riverviews artspace

901 Jefferson Street  |  6PM - 8PM

EXHIBITION OPENING: 9TH ANNUAL JURIED ART SHOW

Riverviews' juror, Marta Staudinger, has made her selections! Out of 114 artists, only 21 artists will be in the running to win the prizes of $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place, and $250 for 3rd place. The following artists will have artwork featured in this year's juried show:

  • Andrew Hersey
  • Anne Hanger
  • Ashley Sauder Miller
  • Brian Basnett
  • David Eakin
  • Grace Eades
  • Jim Respess
  • Jo Ansah
  • Joan Ranzini
  • Joanna Mullen
  • John Gregory Brown
  • Jürgen Ziesmann
  • Krista Townsend
  • Lauren Balint
  • Melinda Wheeler
  • Michael Pierce
  • Michael Wiggins
  • Michele Fletcher
  • Michelline Hall
  • Shanna Jackson
  • Timothy Harper

New this year: a People's Choice Award will be given to the artwork voted most popular by our visitors! Voting will open during First Friday; the artist with the most votes will receive a prize of $250 (winners will be announced on December 1st at 6:30pm).

These events are free and family-friendly.


vector space

402 5th Street  |  5PM - 8PM

TREBUCHETS

Join Vector Space for a talk about trebuchets, and make your own! Their member-built floating arm trebuchet will be on site for demonstrations (but not actual throwing). Plus, build your own tabletop trebuchet to take home! Suggested donation is $3 to build your own.

This event is free and family-friendly.


THE WHITE HART CAFÉ

1208 Main Street  |  6PM - 8PM

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

OPENING EXHIBIT  |  CANADA BOOT CAMP: Chantal O'Keffee, Judy Stowers, & Holly Perrow

Chantal O’Keeffe has lived in Lynchburg for over 30 years. She has been drawing and painting since her early childhood in Normandy, France. While primarily self-taught, O’Keeffe was able to devote her time to drawing and painting after her three children left home.  O’Keeffe started studying with local artists Ron Boehmer and the late Robert Fuller. She continued her education with master artists: Robert A. Johnson, Sherrie McGraw, David Leffel, and Stephen Early. O’Keeffe’s work continues to focus on capturing the light, beauty and mystery of everyday objects in still lifes, landscapes, and figurative drawings and paintings. This body of work includes several small paintings that focus on light within a confined space while maintaining brush strokes that are loose and free.

Holly Perrow has lived in Lynchburg for many years but grew up on the coast. Perrow’s husband told her that one day she would learn to love the mountains as much as she loved the water. In her sixties, Perrow decided to paint the ocean in order to look at it every day. She immersed herself in painting, bought a lot of canvases, used a lot of paint and brushes, attended artist workshops, read books, and took numerous academic art courses. Perrow now has oceans of paintings and paintings of oceans, marshes, lakes, coastlines, rivers, and puddles. She says “if you step into something wet, let me know, because I probably painted it.” Perrow considers her artistic pursuit the beginning of a love/hate journey. She hated the early doubts and mistakes but now loves the concentration, the patience—and the lessons about herself, color, and light. She says, “Sometimes, I even love my work!”

Judy B. Stowers decided in 2012, after becoming an empty-nester, to start painting. Her friend and mentor, Holley Bell introduced her to the disciplines of Value and Site measure drawing. This art class required a lot of patience and observation. In 2013, Stowers took a 10-week art course in Asheville, N.C., at the Ben Long Studio School.  The course included Drawing 101, Human Anatomy, and copper plate etching and printmaking. Since then, she has studied watercolors with Purnell Pettyjohn, attended Inez Berinson Blanks Open Studio, and now takes classes with Ron Boehmer in oils. Stowers says “painting is a challenge I enjoy.”

This event is free and family-friendly.