First Friday

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

Venue List First Friday

September First Friday Lineup!

Arts Consortium
300 E. Oak Ave
Tulare Palette Club

What are you doing on First Friday of each month? Come see the arts of Tulare County! Begin with the Arts Consortium at 300 E. Oak Ave at 5 PM. Then rediscover Downtown Visalia by enjoying eight other Art Stop venues. During September the Arts Consortium is featuring the art of the Tulare Palette Club. Over 33 phenomenal art pieces are on display and available for purchase. This is a show you will not want to miss. Enjoy the food, wine, live music throughout the evening and new art at each stop. There are many varieties of art to see 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! The Arts consortium is the heart of Downtown Visalia. Come and experience the arts on First Friday each month from 5 PM – 8 PM year around. The Arts Consortium is open Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM or by appointment.

 

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Ave.
Eryn Williams

In September 2018, Arts Visalia will host artist, Eryn Williams, in her solo exhibition, entitled Art by Eryn, in which she will display an impressionistic body of painted storyteller works that demonstrate vibrant colors and thick brush strokes. Her passion for art allows her to express her feelings in a unique way, relaxes her mind, and allows her to connect with others, including her late father, who ironically, was originally resistant to the idea of accepting Eryn’s passion for art. Eryn’s recent works contain people with minor detail in their faces so that viewers can relate to each piece without objectification.

Eryn Williams was born and raised in Visalia and went to Mt. Whitney High School after which she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Art Studio from UC Davis. She currently resides and has an art studio in downtown Fresno and is part of the Thursday ArtHop.

This exhibition runs from September 5th through September 28th. The opening reception is free to the public and will be held on First Friday, September 7th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and is sponsored in part by Bueno Beverage Company, Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurant, the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant, and the County Center Rotary.

 

Brandon Mitchell Gallery
117 S. Locust St.
Ginny Wilson and Beckie Nava


Photography by two former Exeter ladies. Ginny Wilson and Beckie Nava both have long histories of taking captivating pictures. Ginny has taken photos on her travels all around the world and loves to work with light. She will share some of her stories and also will have matted photos to sell since she is trying to downsize her sizable collection now that she has moved into a smaller home in Visalia. Beckie loves to show landscapes and architecture in different angles, light or compositions and prints her photos in unique ways, canvas, and metal.

210 W. Center St.
“Suprise Me”

One of the Pillars of First Friday! Sit down, relax and enjoy a nice cup of coffee while enjoying fine conversation and art!
Cafe 210 will be hosting a surprise show. You don’t want to miss this! 

Creative Center
410 E. Race Ave.
Beverly McMahan’s Art

The Creative Center will be featuring a very special artist during next month’s exhibition: our very own Beverly McMahan!

Beverly has been with the Creative Center for 30+ years. She is an accomplished artist (and the sweetest soul you will ever meet). We are proud to feature Beverly’s diverse and long-lived artistic practice. We will be honoring her artistic contribution in a short ceremony during the opening reception of her show. 

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7 from 5-8pm (Honoring Beverly’s Artistic Contribution at 6:30 pm)

Location: The Creative Center’s Jon Ginsburg Gallery, 410 E Race Ave, Visalia, CA
Exhibition Dates: September 7-26
The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9am-3pm

Enchanted Playhouse CANCELED
Due to unforeseen events 
Enchanted Playhouse has been  – CANCELED

307 E Main St.
Main Gallery Artists


Join the Enchanted Playhouse for First Friday, September 7, 5-8 pm. We will be featuring Enchanted Playhouse actors performing on stage with members of The Main Gallery Artists in  
the lobby showing off their art!

The Enchanted Playhouse will be asking for donations to save our “home”, the Main Street Theater.
Main Gallery artists Toni Best, Betsy Gaudette-Cross, Joanie Constable and Robert 
Sutton will be donating a percentage of their sales to the cause.
Please come out and support this valuable asset to our arts community and the children of

Tulare County. We will be serving light appetizers and a lot of enthusiasm for our “home”, The

Main Street Theater!

When: First Friday, September 7, 5-8 PM

Where: The Main Street Theater – 307 E. Main Street – Visalia

Four Creeks Lodge #94 Odd Fellows
118 S. Court St.
“Fresno To Wonder Land”

Celebrate the fall with original Halloween work from Shannon Eaton, and maybe even an artist or two from Fresno! You never know what you’ll find at the Odd Fellows shop. So be sure to make it your regular First Friday Art Hop!

Pita Kabob
227 N. Court St.
Sarah Welch & DJ Yessenpai

Welcome to the next #F1RSTFRIDAY here in Visalia! First Friday, September 7th, we’re excited to have Visalia artist Sarah Welch!

Sarah is a local artist & mother born and raised in Visalia. As a child, her mother ran a clowning business and her dad ran his own comic book store. Her dad and brothers are all artists so it came naturally for her. Sarah started painting 9 years ago, her medium of choice being acrylic. Sarah is inspired by animals, movies & nature. If she sees something that catches her eye, she paints it. Her color combinations and attention to detail are what set her apart. Many people have seen her artistic process when she lives paints. A true chameleon & rebel in the art world, she isn’t bound to one specific style. She always switches it up to keep people guessing and interested in her next creation. 🎨

The Source LGBT+ Center
208 W. Main St., Ste. B
Daniel Bonilla Vera

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 Source is open Tuesday through Friday 3-6pm.

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