First Friday Downtown Visalia

First Friday

First Friday

Arts Consortium 300 E. Oak Ave
Stevi Daniels

The weather outside is hot, but the art at the Visalia Arts Consortium is worth braving the heat. Nothing can stop us from celebrating the best art during First Friday! Join us as we feature Stevi Daniels for a magical solo show. Stevi is the Marketing Director at the Creative center and very talented portrait artists. During first Friday we will be holding a raffle for a free portrait session by Stevi this is a $700 value but could be yours for only $10 a ticket. We are only selling 100 tickets so stop by the Arts Consortium early for your chance to win. Stevi will also be hosting a silent auction with all the profit going directly to the Creative Center!

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Ave.

In July 2018, Arts Visalia presents the first ever juried iPhonography exhibition. The iPhonography exhibition will display a variety of photographers who shoot and edit their own photography on a mobile or iOS device. Amateur and Advanced skill levels will be presented in both edited and unedited formats. Awards will be given for Best of Show and People’s Choice which will be presented at the opening reception. This exhibition celebrates the unique position that mobile devices play in the production of creative images and in the spontaneity they provide. This exhibition runs from July 5th through July 27th. The opening reception will be held on First Friday, July 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by Bueno Beverage, Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurante, and the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant.

The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery presents
117 S. Locust
Abstract Oil Paintings
Peg Bonnar Hutson

Peg Bonnar Hutson didn’t become an artist until recently. Instead, music was her passion. For 24 years she was the choir teacher at Valley Oak Middle School in Visalia and won a number of music educator awards. But she was a showman at heart. She bet her students each year if all four choirs got Superior ratings at the Visalia choir contest, she would do something outrageous. In 2013, when she was asked to teach a beginning art class, she jumped in. “I was given a room with chairs, clipboards and an overhead projector. That’s it,” she said. So to teach art with no budget she incorporated things like chalk art and a 1,000 origami crane project.

She immersed herself in learning about art and realized she loved the medium. “Often I was only one lesson ahead of my students,” she said, but she had caught the bug. She took private oil painting lessons and had her first show at Cort Gallery in Three Rivers last year.

Hutson’s work features vibrant oil paintings in abstract form. She is best known for infusing her work with emotional hues and bold color stories. Many of her paintings are in thick “Impasto” forms which seem to leap off the canvas and invite you to touch. Her most recent work is based on the emotions of nature around her. She will show these works along with pieces from her collection “Genesis 1,” which includes the painting, Tree Yielding Seeds, as well as other works depicting the creation of the world according to Genesis.
As a long-time musician, Peg will sing Broadway tunes during the receptions

Cafe 210
210 W. Center St.

Visalia Digital Artists is a group of friends with a common interest - photography. It started as a couple of people having coffee with the late Terry McCraw from TMC Photography as our teacher. Now our family has grown to around thirteen photographers with all areas of interests. We range from infant portraits to landscape to family and children, to close up, nature, wildlife, cityscapes, night shooting, and travel.

The group members are Angela Eller, Betsy Gaudette-Cross, Michael Cross, Ralph Choknocki, Pauline Church, John Cook, Joe Englebrecht, Zach Green, Felix Martin Del Campo, Rhonda Michalk, Taylor Karr, and Beckie Nava. We are excited to share our work with you on an ongoing base at 210 on Center and Locust Streets. A reception will start our exhibit this July 6th during the First Friday 5-8 PM.

We would love you to attend our first showing! Please bring a friend, introduce yourself to us, and ask questions if you have any. We look forward to sharing our passion for photography with you.

Creative Center
410 E. Race Ave.

The Creative Center proudly welcomes guest artist Tristan Luke @tristanlukerobison to its Jon Ginsburg Gallery! Tristan is a talented family man from Hanford who works in ink and gouache. His art, which is inspired by tattoo aesthetics, ruminates over common yet mysterious symbols such as skulls, crosses, American eagles, and flags. The Creative Center artists partner alongside Tristan in their own depictions of tattoo aesthetics and American identity.
Opening reception also includes FREE FOOD and LIVE MUSIC by The Creative Center Band at 5:30 pm. The guest artist's own band, Daze Baby, will be performing at 6:30 pm. Sample their music at

Four Creeks Lodge #94 (Odd Fellows) The Odd Shop Variety Store
118 S. Court

Shannon Eaton

My passion is painting. Normally I paint in acrylics on canvas, but I love to upcycle found pieces such as barn wood. My art is always very colorful! Growing up here in Tulare County I spent many foggy days passing time creating colorful works of art. I enjoy painting light-hearted whimsical subjects, mermaids and fairies are two of my favorites. Also, expect to see many Days of the Dead influenced pieces. I also host paint parties! For more information visit. for more information

Pita Kabob
227 N. Court St.

Back again with our friends at Arts Consortium for July's F1RST FRIDAY! Join us on Friday, July 6th as we welcome local artist Isador Munoz!
Isador is a native of Woodlake and is a tattoo apprentice at Molina Skin Deep. She is also a self-taught artist and her art is her way of opening up her imagination in various ways that break away from the norm and shows people how she views beauty. She's a regular at the weekly art and music showcase #ILOVEARTBRO which recently relocated to Republic Lounge. We're excited to have her showing her awesome geisha-inspired painting! You can follow her on Instagram ( to see her past works as well.
You can find her selected works in the Beer Garden at Pita Kabob Gastropub from 5-8PM. Tunes will be provided by yessenpai.

The Source LGBT+ Center
208 W. Main St. Ste B
Zachary Bland

"from: me to: you" depicts love and loss by examining the tokens of affection that build romance and potentially destroy it. Items of devotion and the stories that accompany them have always been captivating due to the emotional weight individuals put on them. A love letter can mean everything or nothing at all depending on the sender. Feeling the emotional weight of it all is up to the viewer.

Visalia Branch Libary

Before First Friday visit the Visalia Library for an exciting pre-show! Writing workshop by Tim Z. Hernandez at 3 PM, followed by a poetry reading at 4:30 PM by CA Poet Laureate Dana Gioia. Plus, local Tulare County poets! Spread the word!

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