F1rst Friday – Announcements

Join us every F1rst Friday for FREE food, fun, live music and art!

Visalia has an art hop!

Where to go:

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

F1rst Friday is a monthly event!

Arts Consortium

300 E. Oak Ave.
Artist Nate Norman – Online

The date is Friday, April 3rd starting at 5:00 p.m. — Our F1rst Friday event this month will be an online show featuring the artwork of local artist, Nate Norman. Often inspired by popular culture and video games, his most popular work includes a blend of pixel art and painted scenery in order to create a three-dimensional piece of art. Join us online via YouTube on our Arts Consortium Facebook page or Instagram for a wonderful evening that includes an art demonstration, virtual art tour and interview with Nate.

Please note the Arts Consortium gallery is currently closed for viewing until further notice. All F1rst Friday artwork will be available for viewing online.

Help us spread the word by telling your friends!

Please note most of our F1rst Friday venues are temporarily closed for viewing artwork. We will post updated information as soon as it becomes available.

210 Cafe
210 W. Center Ave.
My Voice Media Center Participants Exhibit

210 Cafe will feature the artwork of My Voice Media Center participants. My Voice Media Center is a collaboration between the Arts Consortium and Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency – Mental Health Branch to provide art instruction for adults and their support base who have lived experience with mental illness.  The opening reception is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on March 6th at the 210 Cafe.

Artwork by Trish Greenfield

Also at 210 Cafe, Connect’s March Forum:

Mental Health: In a crisis?

Where to turn for help in Tulare County

210 Connect’s March Forum will focus on mental health, specifically what resources are available in the Tulare County area for people or families who need services.

Panelists include representatives from Tulare County Health and Human Resources Department, Kaweah Delta’s mental health services, local advocates and people who have received services.

Topics discussed will include:

  • How do you recognize when you or a loved one is in crisis and needs help?
  • What are the differences between mental health services for adults and minors?
  • Once a person has been diagnosed, how can loved ones and family members help? What not to do?
  • Advice for people to navigate through the financial aspects of mental health care.

Art work, both multimedia and mixed media, will be on display from My Voice Media Center, a collaboration between the Arts Consortium and Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency – Mental Health Branch to provide art instruction for adults and their support base who have lived experience with mental illness.

The public is encouraged to attend the free community-based talk, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9 at 210, 210 W Center Ave. in downtown Visalia. The panel will also field questions from the audience. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the cafe will be open and serving a featured beverage for purchase.

Forum attendees can enter a drawing for a $10 gift card from 210 Café and a year-long subscription to the Visalia Times-Delta.

210 Connect is a monthly public forum sponsored by the Visalia Times-Delta and First Presbyterian Church held at 210, 210 W Center Ave. in downtown Visalia. 

Information: (559) 739-9010 or https://www.facebook.com/210Connect/ Press release contact: James Ward, 559-735-3283; jmward@gannett.com

Arts Visalia

214 E. Oak Ave.
Women’s History Month Exhibition

In March, 2020, Arts Visalia will display a Women’s History Month Exhibition. In honor of Women’s History Month, Christina Brunk and Abby Rubinstein’s artwork will be on the gallery walls of Arts Visalia to tell the stories of their lives through their art. Abby and Christina have vastly different work with a commonalty of representation through expression. The exhibition of Abby and Christina’s work will be displayed March 4th through March 27th, with an opening reception on First Friday, March 6th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  There will also be an artist talk on March 7th at 2pm. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Jack & Charlie’s, the Vintage Press Restaurante, and the Southern Pacific Depot Restaurant.


117 S. Locust St.
South Valley Art Tour Preview – Featuring Plein Air Group of Hanford and artist, Eva Nicholson

The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery will have a show by artists who will be at the Gallery during the South Valley Art Tour on March 28th and 29th. They include members of the Tuesday Plein Air Group from Hanford and modern art by Eva Nicholson.  The opening reception is 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on March 6th at Brandon-Mitchell Gallery.

The Creative Center

410 E. Race Ave.
PUSH – Featuring The Creative Center Clients

The Creative Center exhibition is titled PUSH. The show celebrates paint as a material, and features works on canvas by the Creative Center Clients. Highlighted are three of their top painters: Tim Buss, John McCoard, and Richard Burdge. Opening reception is March 6th, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. This is a FREE community event at the Jon Ginsburg Gallery, 410 E Race Ave., Visalia. Light refreshments will be available. Gallery Hours: M – F, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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