F1rst Friday – Announcements

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

Visalia has an art Hop!

Where to go?!

First Friday is a monthly event!

The Arts Consortium invites you to join us in Downtown Visalia as we celebrate local art and the performing arts!

The date is Friday, November 1st -- Let's celebrate the beginning of fall, as six visual artists from Downtown Visalia have been invited to showcase their artwork. 

We have 6 businesses showing talented artists in their venue, you won't want to miss out!

After you visit the Arts Consortium, stop by the other four venues during our monthly First Friday event and enjoy local artwork, free food, and wine!

Help us spread the word by inviting your friends!

Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Ave.
The Sequoia High School Exhibition “Person, place, thing and in between”

Arts Visalia presents the Sequoia High School Exhibition Person, place, thing and in between. This is the third year the works of Sequoia High School students will be displayed in Arts Visalia’s gallery. Instructed by Sarah Coker, multiple art classes will be represented, approximately exhibiting a base of 140 students. Sequoia High School offers a fresh start to students in an accepting and non-threatening atmosphere, as well as success in earning a living through vocational and career preparation. This exhibition continues to offer collaboration with community members and students who feel misrepresented and suppressed in society. Person, place, thing and in between will be displayed October 30th through November 15th , with an opening reception on First Friday, November 1st, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Tulare County Board of Supervisors Step Up! and the California Arts Council. Join Arts Visalia’s Joy of Art Fall raffle by purchasing a $25 ticket at Arts Visalia. By purchasing a ticket, you have a chance to win one of three exceptional prizes: Pasadena Get-Away for 2, Night on the Town, or an Art Night for 10 at Arts Visalia. The lucky winners will be pulled live at the opening reception on November 1st.

117 S. Locust St.
Members and Friends Show

The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery will have its annual Members and Friends Show in November. All artists are invited to be part of the show, which will feature a wide variety of styles, mediums and creativity. Music will be provided by Stan and Bruce Huddleston, founding members of the High Sierra Jazz Band.

My Eyes Y Corazon
114 W. Main St, Ste 1E
Dia De Los Muertos - Kids Live Art

My Eyes Y Corazon will host children from the community to do live art. We will be coloring pages of Dia De Los Muertos to remember family and friends that have passed.

 The Source LGBT+ Center
208 W. Main St. Ste B
Art by - Mark Lackey

Mark Lackey is an up and coming artist. Born in 2004, he has been drawing his entire life. He is largely self taught, until he had the opportunity to take art classes beginning his Freshman year in high school. He has always expressed an interest in pursuing a career in art. His career ambitions include becoming a character designer and animator. He is currently exploring various opportunities in the art field. In 2017, as a 7th grade member of his junior high art club, Mark had the opportunity to show his work for the first time in the Community Artists showcase. He is currently in his second year of drawing classes at Lemoore High. His passion and expertise is expressing his emotions and identity through his artwork.

Cafe 210
210 W Center Ave
Art by - Joan Grant

Joan Grant will be exhibiting her art at Cafe 210 for the November First Friday show

Arts Consortium
300 E. Oak Ave. Visalia
Art by Victor Cervantes

The Arts Consortium will be exhibiting Victor Cervantes’s art. Victor has been painting murals and large pieces for over 15 years. Cervantes grew up just south of Fresno in Lindsay, California of Tulare County. At age 10, he learned to paint by watching PBS because his mother, with no car and little funds, couldn’t send him to classes. He attended UC Santa Cruz, majoring in art and sociology. While at UCSC, Cervantes became close with Eduardo Carrillo, a Latino painter who taught in the art department and influenced his work. Learning about the activism of Chicano artists during the 60’s and 70’s sparked a desire in him to engage in creative processes that served to educate and empower his peers in academia and youth surrounding communities. The production of murals became particularly important to him and has produced murals for community centers, schools in our local communities, and higher education like Harvard University, UC San Diego, Yale University, Barnard College, CSU Long Beach, Columbia University, UC Santa Cruz, UC Los Angeles and more. Victor will be exhibiting his art at the Visalia Arts Consortium and will stay displayed throughout the month of November. If you love learning about Chicano history and enjoy beautiful bright art then you won’t want to miss out on this Art Show. 

We will also be featuring refreshing confectionary delights from Goodies Cookies.

It's gonna be a great evening for your entire family!




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