First Friday

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

What are you doing on the First Friday of each month? Make your 2019 New Year’s Resolution to discover more art! Begin your art journey with First Friday at the Arts Consortium – 300 E. Oak Ave., Downtown Visalia – from 5-8 PM. This FREE community event is designed for the seasoned artist, the collector or those who simply enjoy looking at beautiful art. Rediscover Downtown Visalia by enjoying seven Art Stop venues. Free hors-d’oeuvres, wine, live music, and new art at each stop. With many varieties of art – including: photography, 3D, acrylic, impressionism, pastel, graphite, watercolor and much more – First Friday has art for everyone. Make First Friday a monthly outing and experience the arts in the heart of Downtown Visalia. Come and experience the arts on First Friday each month from 5 PM – 8 PM year around – new art each month.

Also, don’t forget to have your First Friday card signed, at four different locations to qualify to win an exclusive First Friday Prize! Drop off your signed card this month at The Source before 8 PM to enter the drawing.

This is a free year-around community event.

Where to go?!

Arts Consortium
300 E. Oak Ave
Jamie Davis

Jamie Davis is an artist who works with a variety of mediums with a focus on acrylic painting.  Life experiences and nature are a primary source of inspiration. She enjoys transforming familiar things into unique fantastical creations, often using bright colors and a sharp contrast to make her images pop. Jamie has been creating since she could pick up a crayon and greatly enjoys the creative process. She hopes her art will bring joy and inspiration to those that view it.

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Ave.
Dr. Dean Hsu

The Arts Visalia Gallery ushers in the new year with an incredible display of Dr. Dean Hsu’s photography. He recounts, “Growing up in the post-WWII era in a war-torn country, I have longed for a world of peace and harmony with hope, yet without losing the sight of the disadvantages of a progressive civilization. I see the world in the way Norman Rockwell had portrayed the world in his nostalgic illustrations and paintings, reflecting the perfect home and society.” Dr. Hsu started taking pictures in high school and later moved to New York where he received formal training. His father visited from Japan in 1972 and bought him an Olympus OM-1 camera to further develop his photography skills. He found himself fortunate enough to be the student of artists whose artwork adorned the walls of museums and galleries around the world.

Arts Visalia also presents Young Imaginations Gallery which will display the artwork of the 5-17-year-old participants of year-round children’s art classes. Be sure to stop by and take a look at what they create each month.

Creative Center
410 E. Race Ave.
Ampelio Mejia Perez

Ampelio was born in the high desert of Central Mexico. As a youth living in Mexico, he consistently wondered what might lie beyond the valley hills. Once far removed from his childhood home, he wondered about the on-goings within his native village, his relationship to a place that he no longer experienced, and the innumerable things he might never see.   

This persistent wonderment led him to delve into the study of time, matter, religion, and how they relate to one another. By no means, a scientist or theologian, Ampelio’s works often hint at comparisons between the very large and the very small. His overlapping and transparent elements echo the idea that all things are connected, despite their seeming separateness.

Ampelio does not limit himself in medium or style, yet his work is consistently rhythmic and textural. It can also be humorous; yet, usually comes with a hint of humanity.

The Source
208 W. Main St., Ste B
Anthony Trujillo

Anthony Trujillo focuses on the drawing portraiture, primarily in graphite. His body of work focuses on the many pop culture icons that have influenced him as an artist and person. Anthony was raised in the Central Valley and studied at the College of the Sequoias, majoring in fine arts and theater. He briefly attended the Art Institute of Seattle in 1994, but for the most part Anthony is a self-taught artist. Anthony has had a passion for the arts for 30+ years and enjoys working with various mediums such as charcoal, pastel, watercolor, airbrush, and acrylics. A few of the people who have inspired Anthony throughout his art career are his mother, Jennie, along with a few of his close friends he’s known for most of his life growing up. Anthony also gives much credit for his personal growth to his life partner and best friend of 14 years, Richard. Anthony presently works as an independent artist doing commission work.

Cafe 210
210 W. Center St.
TJ Tiemens 

TJ is a top acrylic artist who primarily focuses on the abstract. The use of color and shapes will inspire the artist in you. Jack Pizura will be balancing the show with familiar scenic landscapes that can be enjoyed while enjoying a cup of coffee from Cafe 210. Or buy a cup of coffee from Cafe 210 to keep you warm while enjoying your stroll through Downtown Visalia’s very own art hop!

117 S. Locust St.
My Voice Media Center

The My Voice Media Center show is titled, “Be You, Be Free.” Join us as we provided live music, tasty food, and view the art created by My Voice Media participants throughout 2018 in this special showcase. The My Voice Media Center will present different artwork in February so be sure to stop by January 4th to learn more about what the My Voice Media Center has planned for 2019.

My Voice Media Center is a collaboration between the Arts Consortium and Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency – A Mental Health Branch providing art instruction for adults and their support base who have lived experience with mental illness. The My Voice Media Center provides digital and traditional media in order to tell personal stories while achieving artistic aspirations. Accomplished professional artists facilitate the creative ambitions of participants, offering weekly courses in photography, videography, drawing, poetry, audio engineering, recording, and much more. The facilitators act as guides, empowering artists to use digital tools to realize their own creative visions. To learn more about the program, contact the Arts Consortium’s, My Voice Media Center during our regular business hours. Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM at 300 E. Oak Ave. Visalia CA 93291.

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

We are a gathering of women who wish to encourage, uplift and inspire ourselves and others in our/their “soul work.”

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