First Friday Downtown Visalia

First Friday

First Friday is Visalia’s once a month art walk. Various locations in the downtown area participate by featuring artists at their venue. The festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. and go until 8:00 p.m.. You can hop on the Visalia Trolley and they will take you to each stop. For June we have ten venues participating. We are welcoming Pita Kabob Gastropub this month. Excited to have them join our First Friday Fun! Pita Kabob Gastropub (227 N. Court Street) will be featuring the art work of Tony Bernard. Tony is a tattoo artist at Old Foxx Tattoos who translates his talent on to canvas. In addition to Tony’s great art, Pita Kabob has partnered with Tioga-Sequoia Brewery to feature a “Art Hop” (Fresno’s version of First Friday) Brew just for First Friday. Drop in and enjoy the great pairing of local art and craft beer! The Arts Consortium(300 E. Oak Ave.) will be hosting a student art show for the middle school students of Sycamore Valley Academy. “Issues of Our Time” is the culminating event of a project based learning experience on the question “How do artists respond to issues of their time?”  Students researched a modern issue of their choice in order to develop their viewpoint, and produced visual art from that perspective.  The artworks and other academic artifacts on display are the product of that exploration and development.   Arts Visalia(214 E. Oak Ave.) is offering the Visalia Art League show, “Creatures Great and Small”. Talented members of the Visalia Art League were encouraged try some new ideas that haven’t approached before, include all living creatures real and surreal. Experimentation, exploration, inventiveness show in the work. Some of the creative minds participating are John Coppola, James Bonafé, Dolores Witt and may other talented members of the Art League. The Source LGBT+ Center(208 W. Main St.-downstairs) have two artists this month, Roberto Flores and Scott Charbonneau. They are also getting ready to celebrate their PRIDE Visalia event on June 24th at the Lumberyard. Drop in and check out what’s up! Goldstar Barber Shop(110 W. Main St., Suite E) will again feature Henry Carrasco with his acrylic paintings and video game work. Henry had a great turnout last month he wanted to do it again! Check him out! Brandon - Mitchell(117 S. Locust St.) will host Jana Botkin and 3 of her drawing students, Maggie Meling, Wendy Miller and Kelvin Farris for "Gray Matter”. There will be books and cards on sale. 210 Cafe(210 W. Center Ave.) will be showing the work of Hillary Williams. Hillary’s subjects are of the four-legged variety. Please come in and check out her wonderful watercolors! Oak Street Fitness(309 W. Oak Ave.) LOVES Amy Figueroa and her First Friday mini-workshops! Drop in and have Amy show you how to create your own masterpiece! Women of the Moose(118 S. Court St.-Upstairs) are featuring photography by Gigi Kraus. Gigi does lovely portrait work and would love to show you what she can do for you! The Clay Cafe(1018 E. Mineral King) will be having “Date Night” clay painting classes. Check out what you & your honey can do creatively! As always the Visalia Trolley will pick up and drop off at every venue approximately every half hour from 5-8 pm. Enjoy the art and our lovely downtown!

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