First Friday

Join us every First Friday for FREE food, fun, live music and Art!

Visalia has an art Hop!

Where to go?!

Arts Consortium
300 E. Oak Ave. 

The Arts Consortium’s My Voice Media Center presents our “Be You, Be Free” open mic in celebration of May as Mental Health Awareness Month.

The Arts Consortium’s My Voice Media Center (M.V.M.C.) will observe May 2019’s Mental Health Awareness Month (M.H.A.M.) celebration with a “Be You, Be Free” open mic event at which individuals can feel free to express themselves in whatever way feels best to them.  

Family-friendly songs, dances, poems, prose, and demonstrations will highlight our evening.  Visitors may also collaborate on a community mural, or capture the evening’s magic at our red carpet photo booth.  This is a free community event for all ages brought to you by the Arts Consortium, Tulare County’s designated arts council.  

The My Voice Media Center is the Arts Consortium’s in-house mental health outreach and advocacy project, providing art training for adults who have lived experience with mental illness, and for anyone who provides support to these individuals.  My Voice Media Center is open from 10am to 3pm, Tuesday through Friday, at 300 E. Oak Avenue in Downtown Visalia.  

Mental illness affects approximately 1 out of every 4 Americans and has sometimes been portrayed as something to be feared; however, there are countless mental health service consumers on productive paths of wellness and recovery. Join us on the evening of May 3rd to help us reduce the stigma of mental illness and celebrate our community’s resilience!

For more information on the My Voice Media Center or any other Arts Consortium activity, please visit or  You can also watch our latest videos at

Although we encourage and support positive and open conversations about mental health, we respect everyone’s right to privacy; therefore, we can neither confirm nor deny that individuals pictured on any M.V.M.C. publication or internet media post are current or former consumers of mental health services.

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Ave.
Teresa Getty

In May, 2019, Arts Visalia presents the blue jay and the spine; we had a teapot on the side, an exhibition featuring the artworks of Teresa Getty. Teresa, a regionally and internationally recognized artist, is a mixed media abstract painter from Seattle, Washington.

Each of her paintings has a story that begins with an everyday experience, a current event, an experience shared with her daughter, or simply a looking and seeing moment. While she works, memories surface and the work walks itself back into the past. Without censorship, she allows them to flow into her mark, into her responses of lines and color. Each piece slowly mimics life, then has aggressive cuts and extraction, and lastly is buried underneath layers of material.

117 S. Locust St.
“Inspired by Spirit”
– Art by Eva Mae Nicholson and Kate Erickson
and book reading by Shirley Keller

“Inspired by Spirit” is two artists’ viewpoints, featuring Eva Mae Nicholson and Kate Erickson.

The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery is also excited to host a book reading and signing by author Shirley Keller.

Eva Mae Nicholson is a member of Center for Spiritual Living.

“I am a native of Tulare, a mother, a grandmother of five. I am an abstract artist who began my art journey two years ago after hosting a series of children’s art workshops. I enjoyed working with the children so much that I decided I wanted to bring out what was already inside of me, which was my art through bold, vibrant colors, which I find to almost be a trademark.

I find that painting is very calming for me. My inspiration comes from spirit. Most times before I create a piece I will meditate, which helps me to get grounded so that my work can speak to me and someone else who may enjoy the work. I believe that in art it’s not the product, it’s the process.”

Kate Erickson is the daughter of Center member Marilyn Olsen.

“I am a self-taught painter living in Los Angeles with my husband, son and cat, Cookie. I’m deeply inspired by Marc Chagall, shamanic cultures, traditional ceremony and the free expression of the subconscious. Painting became more central to my life after a great personal loss and time in the hospital. This life transforming event and close encounter with death helped me to realize that there is no more perfect time for expressing than now.                                                              

​Following my intuition and training in Craniosacral and the healing arts, I surrender to the guidance of spirit in my work. These paintings are a conversation with life, death and the journey of light and shadow within human consciousness. I see in the world patterns of energy, shape and color. I move intuitively into the painting process, surrendering to the unfolding stories, complex and otherworldly energies of spirit that are sometimes difficult to express in words.”

The Creative Center
410 E. Race Ave.
High School Art Showcase 2019

The annual High School Art Showcase is back at the Jon Ginsburg Gallery in Visalia. Students from Visalia schools will have their work featured. Join us to see the great artists of tomorrow today!

My Eyes Y Corazon
114 W. Main St, Ste 1E
Jessica Ann Jimmeye Szalai

Jessica Ann Jimmeye Szalai was raised in the small town of Kettleman City, where she learned art by her grandmother, Josephine Calderon Alvarez.  Jessica loves incorporating her Mexican heritage into her art. Her inspiration comes from her love of Dia de los Muertos, Frida Kahlo, Tim Burton, Diego Rivera and, of course, Disney. Jessica is the owner of Beautifully Damaged, LLC in Downtown Hanford where she paints furniture and teaches monthly art classes.

Four Creeks Lodge #94 Odd Fellows
118 S. Court St.
S.E.L.F Studio and Mitchell Van Loon

We don’t have enough room to tell you how awesome this show is! Join us to meet some new faces and reconnect with familiar friends as we celebrate the amazing local art scene of Visalia. For more information on First Friday, visit the Arts Consortium website at

GoldStar Barbershop
110 W. Main, Ste E
Music, Music, and Music! 

Goldstar Barbershop is excited to be back and better than EVER at First Friday! We will be featuring performing artist Michael Wessel doing an acoustic performance with special guest Celso Correa.

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