First Friday

Join us August 3rd for the party of the summer!

List of Venues

Arts Consortium

300 E. Oak Ave.

Urbanists Take over
Beat the heat with a waterpark extravaganza raffle!  

What are you doing on the First Friday of every month? Come and see the arts and stay cool! Begin with the Arts Consortium, the heart of Downtown Visalia, at 300 E. Oak Street at 5PM to 8PM. There will be food, wine, live music and new art to view at each event. Cool off with tickets to Wet ‘N Wild! The Arts Consortium will be raffling 4 tickets to Island Waterpark! Tickets include general admission and all day drinks! Raffle tickets are $5 each and only 200 tickets are available. Then, rediscover Downtown Visalia by enjoying 8-12 other Art Stop venues each First Friday. Enjoy many varieties of art including photography, 3D, acrylic, impressionism, pastel, graphite, watercolor and many more.

Make First Friday a monthly outing and experience the arts in Visalia’s beautiful downtown! These events are family friendly for all ages. Come and experience the art on First Friday each month!

The urbanists missions is to promote the professional expansion of urban art within the community through art education, demonstration,and outreach.

Arts Visalia

214 E. Oak Ave.

Young at Art
Arts Visalia will be exhibiting the annual Young at Art exhibition. Young at Art is an exhibition of the work of the children’s art classes taking place this summer. Each artist will have at least one piece in the exhibit representing each of the summer’s theme of line, color, shape, space, form, value, and texture. Each class focuses on the seven elements of art with a strong emphasis of connecting artists and histories to each subject. Young at Art is always a popular time at Arts Visalia.

Art classes for children and adults are ongoing at Arts Visalia. Our seven weeks of summer Young at Art children’s classes have started and focus on the basic elements of art – line, color, shape, space, form, value, and texture. Please download registration forms for classes and workshops from our website, or stop in and pick up the summer schedule at the gallery!

Arts Visalia Visual Art Gallery and gift shop is open from noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and is located at 214 East Oak Avenue, Visalia, California 93291. For more information on all these events and available classes visit our website at or call the gallery at (559) 739-0905.

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 reception.

Cafe 210

Visalia Digital Artists
Coffee and Art!

Creative Center

410 E. Race Ave.

Art Market

The Creative Center is hosting a $100 Open Mic / Art Market! The winning musician or band will be determined by a panel of judges and the winner will receive a $100 cash prize. There will also be an array of artists with their fine works available for sale. This event supports local artists with developmental disabilities and promotes community integration!

Signups for open mic / doors open @ 5:00pm

Music begins @ 5:30pm

Winner announced @ 7:45pm

$3 cover charge / bring cash

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR THE OPEN MIC. Musicians / bands can sign up early by messaging us & paying the $3 (per person) cover charge early. Musicians’ spot is forfeited without refund if not present for their call time. Each musician / band is limited to a 3.5 minute performance.

ART YOU AN ARTIST? Send us a message if you want to be part of the art market. Space is limited, so speak up quick. Bring your own table, pay $10 for your space and sell your art at no extra charge. BONUS: If you bring 10 people to the event, we will refund your $10. Just have your friends say, “I’m here to support (your name)” at the door.

The Source LGBT+ Center

Daniel Bonilla Vera

208 W. Main Ste B

Visalia’s second annual PRIDE celebration took place this year on May 26th at the Old Lumberyard to record breaking crowds and engaged community involvement. During this historic event, Daniel Bonilla Vera was commissioned with taking portraits of those who were in attendance. For his “Portraits of Pride” series, Daniel takes the classic portraits and gives them a fun visual twist enhancing the characteristics of the individual being portrayed. His inclusive and at times provocative “Portraits of Pride” will be on display at The Source LGBT+ Center during the month of  August, with the opening reception being held August 3rd 5-8pm. The Source is open Tuesday through Friday 3-6pm.

Oak Street Fitness Studio,

308 W. Oak Ave.

Public Health Breastfeeding Awareness Social

The Tulare County Health & Human Services’ Women, Infants, & Children (WIC) program is hosting a social for pregnant, new, and breastfeeding mothers and their families on Friday, August 3, from 5-8:00 p.m. at the Oak Street Fitness Studio in downtown Visalia. The event, in collaboration with the Tulare County Breastfeeding Coalition, features demos and videos on Babywearing+TRX and Mother-Baby Yoga, fresh smoothie sampling, breast pump assembling, and a breastfeeding photo gallery. Lactation consultants and fitness trainers will be available to answer questions.

Details: This event celebrates World Breastfeeding Week during August 1-7 with the theme of “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life” as breastfeeding provides health benefits for baby and mother while fostering bonding. WIC seeks to raise awareness around breastfeeding efforts locally and globally.

Four Creeks Lodge #94 (Odd Fellows)

The Odd Shop Variety Store

118 S. Court

Shannon Eaton Redux


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.

Tony Bernard

Hot August art nights are in full swing this month! We are also very proud to welcome back the artist who kicked off First Friday with us here at our Downtown Gastropub, Tony Bernard!

Tony has been an artist pretty much from the time he could pick up a pencil and is a Visalia local. When he’s not on his daily grind as a tattoo artist at Old Foxx Tattoo, he can be found practicing mixed martial arts at Eliteteam Visalia and working on his finely detailed paintings, which he will be bringing along with his Star Wars-themed pieces to the Gastropub Beer Garden on Friday, August 3rd!

We are very excited to have Tony back and we’ll kick off the event at 5PM! DJ M E Z T I S O U L will be on the 1’s and 2’s for the evening. Cheers, everyone! We’ll see you in the beer garden! 🎨+🍺 = ❤