First Friday July
July 7 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Things are heating up! Join us with your furry friends downtown to celebrate the 4th of July!
Book Party at Webster’s Bookstore Café
Webster’s will be having a book party from 5 – 8 p.m. Come meet local children’s book authors, hear some book readings, live music, and join in the fun! A volunteer from PAWS will be there from 5 – 6 p.m. with 2 small, sweet rescue dogs and a local high school musician will be performing kid-friendly music. There will be food to eat, books to be read, music to be heard and fun to be had – you won’t want to miss it!
Operation First Friday
Barbara Metzner Art Exhibit at the Expect More Store
The Expect More Store presents the work of local artist Barbara Metzner during First Friday! Stop by to view her original abstract artwork and enjoy cheeses, wine, and beer. Metzner was born in Gorleston-On-Sea, England, and grew up in New York City. After marriage, she lived in Queens and then moved to the suburbs of Detroit and then State College. She is the mother of three children, all of whom are artists. Metzner entered Penn State in a Fine Arts program as a returning adult student and graduated with honors. www.barbarametzner.com
Gallery Show for Diane Paroda at the Makery
The Makery will be hosting a gallery show for Diane Paroda, and serving wine with light appetizers.
Flower Fantasies Exhibit at the State Theatre
There will be an opening reception from 5 – 9 p.m. with light refreshments. Artist Karen A. Deutsch started her series of flower photos in 2012. They were initially inspired by the beautiful blooms that her husband grows in their small cottage garden. She set a vase full of flowers in front of one of her abstract paintings and suddenly realized the powerful synergy between the flowers and the painting. This led her to try out different flowers (color, shape, size) and vases (haunting the local goodwill store). She loves the relationship between the natural form of the flowers and the man-made shapes of her abstract paintings. She began shooting from different angles and new fantasy worlds emerged each time. To continue exploring this ever-evolving process, she spends the winters creating new paintings to use as backdrops while pouring through catalogues for new varieties of flowers to plant.
Urban Fusion at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Spiral
The “Funk Brothers” of State College, Urban Fusion, will be performing live music at the spiral of the MLK plaza on the corner of Fraser and Beaver!
Frackwater Jack outside the Student Book Store
Local State College rock band will be performing live music outside the Student Book Store!