F1rst Friday – Announcements

The F1rst Friday tradition continues — the Arts Consortium and all participating venues are once again LIVE IN PERSON shows!

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! Help us spread the word by telling your friends!

Upcoming in August at the Arts Consortium, our F1rst Friday show will feature percussionist, Keio Ogawa. She will be having a drum jam and everyone is invited to participate! All ages are welcome! Percussion instruments will be provided. The show on August 6th is at a special time, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 300 E. Oak Ave. in downtown Visalia.

July, 2021 F1rst Friday Exhibitions

Arts Consortium

300 E. Oak Ave.

Lateral Roots: Mothers Nurturing Their Artistic Practice

Our LIVE F1rst Friday event on July 2nd, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. will be a show titled Lateral Roots: Mothers Nurturing Their Artistic Practice with featured artists: Laura Melancon, Saegan Moran Brien, Amie T. Rangel, and Patricia E. Rangel. “Mothers are very much like the lateral roots of a tree.  Mothers that also happen to be also active and exhibiting artists struggle with the many life stresses, often spreading out our lateral roots far and wide.  The drive and passion to create and further develop ideas, new explorations and/or projects in the studio is often redirected to the overwhelming desire to be an integral role in our young children’s ongoing and future growth.  Although studio time is reduced and output may be diminished, the richness of content and material continues to develop at a rate that is (mostly) sustainable for this stage in our lives.”

These artists live and work in the Central Valley.  All have obtained their terminal degree in art and also teach in the college and university system.  Each of the artists have exhibited regionally, nationally and some, internationally. 

Arts Visalia

214 E. Oak Ave.

Floral Flex Time & Premium Glossies

Arts Visalia is having a LIVE F1rst Friday exhibition on July 2nd, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (note they will be starting an hour later than the other venues). The show is titled Floral Flex Time: Sculptural Photos by Kalee Appleton and Premium Glossies: Collage Art by Brita D’Agostino.  Kalee Appleton’s work blurs the lines between drawing, sculpture, and photography to create alluring new forms and shapes that merge both 2D and 3D elements. Brita d’Agostino’s work incorporates installation, photography, and design utilized conceptually to explore themes that include representation, feminist concerns, and the aesthetics of material culture. This body of work focuses on the act of cultural consumption through appropriating and re-imagining print media targeted towards women.  The exhibition runs June 30th – July 30th. 
Arts Visalia is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from Noon to 5:30 p.m.  If you are unable to come to the gallery in person we have created Virtual Gallery Tours that are available at: www.artsvisalia.org/virtual-tours.

For questions or to schedule a visit, please call us at 559-739-0905 or email artsvisalia@sbcglobal.net.”


117 S. Locust St.

Mix of Mediums

The Brandon-Mitchell Gallery’s LIVE exhibition for July – August, 2021 is Mix of Mediums: Steel… to Wood… to Body Ink. It’s a father and son show featuring the artwork of Paul and Mason Shirk.

For more information, visit the Brandon-Mitchell website at www.brandonmitchellgallery.org or call 559-625-2441.

Artist’s story told in “Crone Chronicles”

Eva is one of 57 “crones” (female elders) who tell their stories in the book “Crone Chronicles 20-20.” She tells of overcoming early loss, prejudice, teen pregnancy and illness to become a strong woman. 

On sale at the Brandon-Mitchell Gallery.

For more information, go to:  https://www.brandonmitchellgallery.com/

The Creative Center

410 E. Race St.

Summer Film Fest – Part 1

  • The Creative Center presents Summer Film Fest!Part 1. The F1rst Friday show is July 2nd from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and will exhibit a variety of artists — some of the featured artists include Cliff Evans, Maria Hernandez, Tim Buss, and Ruben Orijel. Featuring over 40 years of The Creative Center’s original films and recorded performances.

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.thecreativecenter-visalia.org/

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