First Friday

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

The wait is over! You can now pre-order your tickets for the new and improved South Valley Art Tour! On March 30-31, 2019, a collection of over twenty-five artists from Visalia, Tulare, Lindsay, Porterville, and Springville, featuring nationally recognized artists, as well as aspiring greats, invite you into their personal workspaces for a behind-the-scenes tour.  GET A SNEAK PEEK THIS FIRST FRIDAY!

Learn more below!

First Friday PosterWhere to go?!

Arts Consortium
300 E. Oak Ave.

Main Gallery Artists

The Arts Consortium is proud to feature the Main Gallery Artists! This collection of fine artists is one of our most anticipated shows yet.

What started out as an art gallery in 2010, located at 209 Main Street in Visalia, California,  has been transformed into an innovative, collaborative group of artists, committed to enhancing the community with their art-making. Via exhibitions (both group and solo) at many different venues in the area, the group features a wide variety of art media, including acrylic, oil, watercolor, photography, collage, mixed media, gourds, and basket weaving.

The Arts Consortium will also be selling tickets to the South Valley Art Tour. The Valley’s premier art event! Each ticket grants you access into 28 of the Valley’s most prestigious art studios and gives you the opportunity to meet the faces and places behind the County’s best art.
Tickets are $25 and admit two people. For further information, please visit our website at www.artsconsortium.org  See you on the Tour, March 30 – 31.

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Ave.
Art is Healing

In March 2019, Arts Visalia presents Art is Healing, an exhibition highlighting those who use art as therapy. The show presents the idea that art can impact people in a positive way, regardless of past experiences. Some exhibitors make a connection between the art and their heart, others may share their life story through their art, some may have a traumatic physical injury, and some may have a mental illness, while others may have emotional stresses that cause them to turn to art as a source for healing. The public will see artworks from multiple organizations: Kaweah Delta Healthcare District, Family Services, and My Voice Media.

Brandon-Mitchell
117 S. Locust St.
Jean d’Ercle

The exhibit is titled “Accidental Art” by Jean d’Ercle and features abstract digital ink and acrylic work.

Originally from France, Jean has a masters in film from UCLA. He has created music videos and in the 80s created a documentary on the disabled community in Berkeley that was shown on PBS. Today, he does large banner art reminiscent of Japanese and Chinese work. He starts with a photo image, manipulates it digitally and then adds acrylic paint.

“In my art, I’m waiting for an accident…  something that strikes me and tells me what I’m supposed to do.”

The Source
208 W. Main St., Ste B
Leeann DiCicco

Leeann DiCicco is a bisexual, Mexican-American printmaker and graphic designer based in

California’s Central Valley. Her prints explore themes including natural science, death,

and parenthood in a visual style influenced by scientific illustration, Mexican religious

iconography, and the Lotería.  Through her work with organizations, including Print & Glory and Royal Jelly, DiCicco seeks to utilize printmaking and graphic design as tools for social justice and community building.

The Creative Center
410 E. Race Ave.
Weird Creatures & Community Dog Show

The Creative Center proudly hosts “Weird Creatures”, a combined art show and community dog show. Enjoy whimsical animal art created by adults with developmental disabilities. Bring your four-legged friends! The dog show is open to dog lovers of all ages and abilities. Competitions are lighthearted, fun and easy! The cost to enter each competition is $5. Anyone may register for as many competitions as they wish. Times listed are when each competition begins.

Best wag – 5:30 p.m.

Best trick – 5:50 p.m.

Best dressed – 6:10 p.m.

Cutest – 6:30 p.m.

Ugliest – 6:50 p.m.

Looks most like owner – 7:10 p.m.

Rules are as follows:

  1. Don’t bring a crabby pup. Sociable and gentle dogs only.
  2. Keep furballs on leashes at all times.
  3. Scoop the poop.

Winners will receive a yummy prize for their pooch. Register now or at the event. Call 559-733-9329 or message @CreativeCenterVisalia on Facebook or Instagram.

Four Creeks Lodge #94 Odd Fellows
118 S. Court St.
Creative Women’s Circle

Same faces, brand new show! Join us as we celebrate the amazing local art scene of Visalia. For more information on First Friday, visit the Arts Consortium website at www.artsconsortium.org

First Friday is a FREE community event!
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