First Friday Downtown Visalia

First Friday

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Art can be healing for those who have lived mental illness. This month we want to include the victims of human trafficking in that awareness. Going through such an ordeal can leave the victims, scared, frightened and feeling alone. Reaching out to that population and offering healing through the arts is something we all should support and take the stigma of needing help away. All venues will be participating in the Red Sands Project to bring awareness to this growing problem.

The Visalia Fox Theater( 308 W. Main St.)will be partnering with the Downtown Rotarians for the Red Sand Project, a participatory art installation where people are asked to fill sidewalk cracks with red sand to raise awareness about human trafficking. The project will be based at the Visalia Fox Theater.  People who want to participate get their small packet of red sand, which they can put in the sidewalk cracks in front of the Fox or in front of most of the Art Walk venues.  The Visalia PD, Tulare County Sheriff’s Dept. will have tables set up in the lobby at the Fox. You can visit their tables to learn more about human trafficking.  There will also be a small display of artwork created by local high school students about human trafficking, and a t-shirt sale with proceeds benefiting services for local victims of trafficking.  Finally, inside the theatre we will be playing  a very short Rotary video on human trafficking every 10 minutes.  More information: The Fox will be serving their popcorn and refreshments as well.

The Arts Consortium(300 E. Oak Ave.) 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.

  Two new venues coming to First Friday in May are Goldstar Barber Shop & The Source LGBT+ Center.

The Source LGBT+ Center(208 W. Main St.-downstairs) is hosting 4 local artists, Mary Randol - oils, P. Kay Woods - photography, Slade Childers - “Flower and Peacock” - dried flower design and Tammy Kenyon - paintings. May is also the 1 year anniversary for The Source LGBT+ Center and there will be food and celebration!

Goldstar Barber Shop(110 W. Main St., Suite E) will feature Henry Carrasco and his acrylic paintings and video game work.

Arts Visalia(214 E. Oak Ave.) will be featuring Joy Collier from Porterville. Her show is "California's Giant Sequoias; Found Nowhere Else on Earth”. Joy paints in a post-impressionistic style and works from her own original photography and research in her studio. Her large canvasses of our local Sierra’s giant sequoias will fill the gallery space.

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.

The Creative Center(410 E. Race Ave.) is back on First Friday with the 18th Annual "High School Arts Showcase". A wonderful show exhibiting the art of Visalia's high school students.

210 Cafe(210 W. Center Ave.) is also showing high school artists from Lyssa Yates' art classes at Redwood.

Oak Street Fitness(309 W. Oak Ave.) is bringing back Amy Figueroa who will be giving an acrylic workshop and Mazie Jolil Poor will be showing her jewelry.

Women of the Moose(118 S. Court St.-Upstairs) are back on board this month as well!

Jump on the trolley and visit all the great art in Visalia!

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