The Arts Council of the Valley’s First Fridays of the Valley provide a chance to celebrate the arts each month – and the start of the first weekend.
On Friday, October 7th, 16 venues will host visual and/or performing arts experiences.
Venues for art events Friday (5-7pm unless otherwise noted):
- Arts Incarnate (75 N Mason St.) opens a new art exhibition featuring paintings/collages in encaustic, wax and salt by Sarah Phillips. Meet the artist at a reception from 4:30 PM to 7:00 PM, then enjoy a world music concert by Project Locrea from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Ensemble Project Locrea will perform compositions drawn from the folk music traditions of Bulgaria, Argentina, Peru, China, Ethiopia and the USA
- ArtWorks Gallery (Grace St. 131) opens a new design program exhibition in Amsterdam with a reception.
- Asbury United Methodist Church (205 S Main St.) is hosting a reception for City Scapes, an exhibition of paintings and photographs by various artists.
- Court Square Theater (41-F Court Square) features Rocktown Improv First Friday Wind Down at 7:30 p.m. (suggested donation $5 per person).
- The Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art (820 S Main St.) welcomes you to a reception for Nekisha Durrett’s installation of monumental text plaques encrusted with the soil of the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC, where her father grew up. True Grit is open now through October 15th.
- The Gaines Group at The Depot (141 W. Bruce St., Suite 201) welcomes you to a reception featuring paintings by Wendy Lam. Enjoy refreshments, meet the artist; Check out their intricate depictions of bees, fish and insects, as well as whimsical depictions of cows and sheep.
- Horizon Gifts (60 W Market St.) highlights prints by Deviant Kreations and music by Troutmouth. Meet the artist and share the fun from 5pm to 8pm
- The Hotel Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center (710 S Main St.) is hosting an artist reception for Fading Summer on the Farm, Rebecca Ryan’s exhibition of acrylics on canvas, from 5-8 p.m. Food and drinks can be purchased at Quill’s lobby bar and Montpelier restaurant.
- Lola’s Delicatessen (122 S Main St., Suite 103) invites you to an opening reception for Shadows, Spectres, and Sorcery for the Month of Samhain, an exhibition of Bryant Beverly’s graphite and colored pencil work.
- OASIS Fine Art and Craft (103 S Main St.) welcomes you to Friends of the Earth, a new exhibition of watercolor and acrylic work by Marsha Heatwole. Meet the artist and enjoy live music from Cousin Jimmy’s Stringband during the opening reception.
- The Park Gables Gallery at VMRC (1491 Virginia Ave.) is hosting a reception for the 36th Annual Members’ Show of the Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society.
- Sage Bird Ciderworks (325 N Liberty St.) opens Barefoot, an exhibition of oil paintings by Cyndi Gusler. Meet the artist and enjoy complimentary charcuterie at the North Wing Gallery during the Artists Reception from 5pm to 8pm. Gabe Ravel & Friends offer live jazz in the taproom from 7pm to 9pm
- Smith House Galleries (311 S Main St) is hosting an opening reception for Lands and Lives Not My Own, an exhibition of collage and mixed media work (many kimonos) by Williamsburg artist Caroline Garrett Hardy. Meet the artist (whose works can be found at the Vatican Museum and Windsor Castle, among others); Enjoy indie pop music by singer-songwriter Tarini while sampling light refreshments. The Smith House Galleries will also be open on the second Saturday (October 8, 10am-2pm) for another opportunity to visit the artist
- The Virginia Quilt Museum (301 S Main St.) is hosting a reception for a juried exhibition of 32 contemporary works by Studio Art Quilt Associates from the North Carolina and Virginia area. Enjoy refreshments and watch Let the Sun Shine In!, featuring works that offer a glimmer of hope and perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Wilson Downtown Gallery (83 S Main St.) invites you to a grand opening reception. Enjoy light refreshments and be among the first to see a new exhibition of acrylic paintings, Selected Works by Dietrich Maune.
- The Wing Gallery at The Perch (85 W Gay St.) “Mountains in Motion”, Andrew DeVier-Scott’s new exhibition and reception. Talk to the artist about his landscape and adventure photography—as well as his custom wooden frames.
Other First Fridays of the Valley 2022 venues include: Community Mennonite Church, Explore More Discovery Museum, Frame Factory & Gallery, The Friendly Fermenter, Green Hummingbird, Harrisonburg Baptist Church, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce, Hess Financial, Look West Gallery @ The Mark-It, Pale Fire Brewing Co, Clerks Office of Rockingham Circuit Court, Rocktown Yarn, Ten Thousand Villages and Village Juice and Kitchen.
Support for First Fridays of the Valley—and other Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) programs—is provided by 2022 Cultivating the Arts Platinum Sponsors Kathy Moran Wealth Group, Matchbox Realty and Riner Rentals.
Visit www.valleyarts.org for more information