First Friday Downtown Visalia

First Friday

May is here and that means nice evenings to stroll through downtown Visalia enjoying art!

Arts Consortium
300 E. Oak Ave.

- “May is Mental Health Awareness Month at the Arts Consortium!”

The Arts Consortium and the Mental Health branch of Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency will be observing the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month by showcasing artwork made by members of the mental health community in Tulare County. Our show will include artwork made at the Arts Consortium’s in-house mental health advocacy and multimedia outreach project, the My Voice Media Center. The My Voice Media Center is a collaborative project with the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency, which offers free art-making sessions for people with lived mental health experience, from 10 AM to 3 PM, Tuesday through Friday.

Come out and support the many talented artists who will share their artistic prowess on May 4, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Your support will reward our participants for taking on the challenge of addressing the importance of mental health.

More information at or call (559) 802-3266 The show runs 5/4-5/25/18.
*We can neither confirm nor deny that individuals pictured on our website, press release, or any other media, their family, or associates are current or former consumers of mental health services.

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Ave.

– WAG Artist Society Exhibition

Arts Visalia proudly presents an exhibition entitled WAG Artist Society. This is the first showing at Arts Visalia of the watercolor and mixed media artists of Arts Visalia’s Wednesday Art Group that’s part of the Open Studio Workshops which encompass Donna Coleman, Diane Hyde, Ellen Miguel, Kathleen Mundy, Ernestine Nunes, Garnette Charlene Pryor, Mae Reuter, and Ann Riemersma. These ladies have an exciting range of work to display.

The WAG Artist Society assembled in 2008, originally from the Senior Center in Visalia, and paint year-round as a group at Arts Visalia and houses of group members. They meet every Wednesday at Arts Visalia from January-May and then August-December to paint and dabble in other mediums, feeding off of one another’s constructive comments. Due to children’s classes in the summer-time at Arts Visalia, they take their painting and rotate Wednesdays at one another’s houses so that they never miss a beat. Each are excellent in watercolor, but have a second medium that each use, whether pastels, oils, or acrylics.

The exhibition will run May 2nd –May 25th with an opening reception on First Friday, May 4th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by Bueno Beverage, Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurant, the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant, Bank of the Sierra, and the UPS Foundation. Mark your calendars. This is a must see! For more information please go to, call us at 559-739-0905.

Brandon-Mitchell Gallery
217 S. Locust

- “Celebration of Natural Beauty” The Main Gallery Artists

Main Gallery Artists will host “Celebration of Natural Beauty,” representing nature inspired by the Central Valley, at the Brandon-Mitchell Gallery in May and June.

The Main Gallery Artists are a diverse and gifted group of artists. Every member has a passion for art, and they exhibit in group and solo shows throughout Tulare County in such varied mediums as oils, pastels watercolors, acrylic, pencil and photography.

Participating in the show are Cindy Lynch, Beckie Nava, Linda Hengst, Lynn Ramires, Tami Mason, Robert Sutton, Betsy Gaudette-Cross, P Kay Woods, Nancy Quinn and Deanna Saldana.

The show opens during the First Friday Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. May 4. The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery is located in the Center for Spiritual Living, 117 S. Locust, Visalia. 559 625-2441 or

The Jon Ginsburg Gallery at The Creative Center
410 E. Race Ave.

- “The 19th AnnualHigh School Art Showcase”

The Creative Center is once again hosting the High School Art Showcase! The showcase is a competitive, professionally juried exhibition of high school artists from Visalia, grades 9-12. The top winners receive monetary awards. The awards reception is open to the public and takes place during First Friday with the awards being announced at 6pm. This event is FREE. Artwork is available for viewing May 2 to May 9. For more information, visit the Jon Ginsburg Gallery Facebook page.

Pita Kabob Gastropub -
227 N. Court St.

-Jesse Briseño

Wood worker Jesse Briseño will be showing his 3-D pieces in wood at Pita Kabob on First Friday. Drop in, have a beer and admire Jesse’s work!

The Source - LGBT+ Center
208 W. Main, Suite B

- Darren Sears - “Isolations-Reprise”

Darren Sears is reprising his show at The Source for May. Darren works in watercolor and plexiglass, depict small islands and landforms as if seen from above. Most were inspired by Iceland and Tasmania, where Darren completed a month-long artist residency in 2017. Exploration of his environmental and artistic passions during his college years at Stanford (including study abroad in Madagascar and Peru) confirmed that the environmental interests, more driven by idealized versions of landscapes than their functional complexities, were more aesthetic than scientific.

Believing that a design career would allow him to create these idealized places in the real world, he earned a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and entered private practice. However, Darren quickly learned that due to the practical requirements of designing functional spaces for clients, most of his visions could still only exist in the imagination–or as artwork.

He sees these miniature worlds as wild, rugged and slightly ominous on one hand, and precious and vulnerable on the other: they maximize his feeling of omniscience in allowing him to tame that which seems un-tameable. Recently, the vulnerable aspect has taken on additional significance, given his distress at the fragility of the natural world in the face of today’s escalating environmental threats.

Darren currently lives in San Francisco and is represented by Hang Art, a gallery in Union Square. He works in oils in addition to watercolor and mixed media.

Drop into The Source and check out this talented artist’s work! More information (559) 429-4277 or

210 Cafe
210 W. Center

- Saul Villegas

Saul has attended College of the Sequoias in Visalia and is studying to receive his degree in both art and graphic design. His goal is to share his artistic knowledge and continue on to a higher education. His most recent endeavor is in the acceptance into the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) where he studied painting in 2014-15. Saul was awarded the Latinos in the Central Valley award for ‘Philanthropy’from Valley PBS in 2013 for his continued efforts in donating and art demonstrations for non profit organizations through the Central Valley. He has exhibited in Latino Museums throughout the state and has displayed his work at Federal buildings in Fresno City Hall.
More information available at (559) 739-9009 and

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