First Fridays Downtown: Month of May

Lindsay -- April 28th, 2010

Press release:  The Arts Council of the Valley sponsors May First Fridays Downtown 2010

WHO: Arts Council of the Valley

WHAT: May First Fridays Downtown 2010 (Formerly this event was known as the Museum & Gallery Walk. Over the years, the event has transformed and is now entitled First Fridays Downtown to include not only the visual and performing arts, but also the culinary arts and specialty merchandise. This celebration is held on the first Friday of the month from April – October.)

WHEN: 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2010.

WHERE: Downtown Harrisonburg (along Main Street and around Court Square)


Arts Council of the Valley, Smith House, 311 S. Main St.

Cyndi and Lily Gusler, mixed media

Arts Council of the Valley Satellite Gallery, Court Square Theater Marketplace

Bridgewater Faculty Show

Arts Council of the Valley Satellite Gallery, former Jack Collins Shoe Store

Rachael King, painting

The Virginia Quilt Museum, 301 S. Main St.

The Steller Group, Admission to the museum is free and the museum shop will be open, Virginia Quilt Museum Celebrates 15 years – Quilts from Our Collection

Harrisonburg League of Therapists, 312 S. Main St.

Dana Orr, Liz Swain, and Sarah Murphy, Mixed media with video component and Solo Acoustic Act, Ripley and The Ghost

Hardesty-Higgins House Visitors Center, 212 S. Main St.

The Valley Cats will be performing on the patio, and the Valley Turnpike Museum and Rocktown Gift Shoppe will be open featuring work of Valley Artisans and the Art Gallery of Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society. Light Refreshments will be served.

Asbury Methodist Church, 205 S. Main St.

Asbury and Friends, paintings, photography, fabric, and mixed media by artists with a connection to Asbury UMC

Clementine Café, 153 S. Main St.

Bethany Mix & Kyle Herr, paintings, drawings, and mixed media

OASIS Gallery, 103 S. Main St.

June Springs Finery, Carmen Rose, The Shenandoah River, Beverley St. Studio School

The Yellow Button, 192 S. Main St.

Brandy Somers, cut paper art

Estland Design, 41 Court Square, Suite 4-D

Exhibition continues with April Sedeen, painting

The Cat’s Cradle, 124 S. Main St.

Kimberly Juda Souder, oil painting

The Gaines Group, PLC, architecture + design, 107 S. Main St., Ste 2

Andrew Stronge, paintings

*Reception catered by Shank’s Bakery

Laughing Dog T-shirts & Gifts, 825 S. Main St.

Blues & Jazz music by “Kat & The New Traveler/s”

Downtown Wine and Gourmet, 41 Court Square

Wine Tastings and (periodically) Music

Cally’s Restaurant and Brewery, 41-A Court Square

Beer Tastings

Artful Dodger, 47 Court Square

Elliott Downs Mixed Media

Downtown Fine Furniture, 20 N. Main St.

Brenda Smith, watercolor

August Enterprise/T.J.’s Demagraphics, 91 N. Main St.

Greg Ballou and James August Warsing, Jr., paintings and sculpture

Wine on Water, 70 W. Water St.

Wine Tasting

Polished, Inc., 29 W. Water St.

Denise Kanter, paintings

*10% everything in the store

On the Turtle’s Back, 10 Newman Ave.

Caitlin Landes, photographer and owner of Sassy Roots Studio

Adona Music, 34 S. Main St.

Charles Barone, Remember When, Jazz Tribute to Frank Sinatra

Classic Carriage Horse Drawn Rides, $10.00

Departs from the Hardesty-Higgins House

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Discover Downtown Tours, $7

Departs from the Hardesty-Higgins House

6 pm

Drumming Circle, Rhythm Playground

Gathers on the lawn of Harrisonburg League of Therapists

5:30-7 pm

April, May, & June (maybe)

Since opening its doors in 2002, the Arts Council of the Valley and its Court Square Theater have emerged as a dynamic force in the cultural, economic, and educational life of our community. It produces, manages, and promotes the visual and performing arts out of its two locations: the Smith House and Court Square Theater. Art openings occur the first Friday of the month from 5-7 p.m. and are open to the public. For more information on the Arts Council visit or call (540)-801-8779.

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