June First Friday started off great with the sun shining and people buzzing downtown. This First Friday was filled with vibrant art, mouth-watering food, beautiful music, and great dancing.
To kick off the day Barbara Metzner displayed her work at the Downtown State College Improvement District. She considers her art to be abstract. She uses bright colors and different mediums, like clay or paper, to create pieces. Her art can be found at the Downtown State College Improvement District throughout this month.
The streets were filled with music. Caryn Dixon performed on Allen Street, putting a twist on your classic pop songs and sharing some of her original songs. Then at the Tavern Walkway Eric Ian Farmer performed with special guests Michele Dunleavy and Mary Anne Cleary. Eric’s wonderful voice floated through the walkway as Michele Dunleavy harmonized with her amazing tap dancing. Mary Anne Cleary blew everyone away with her voice and ukulele skills. At McLanahan’s Downtown Market the father son duo, Jack & his dad, gave a great performance.
The Art Alliance Downtown Gallery displayed Art of the Body exhibit. The exhibit explores human expression through tattoos and piercings. It showcased local tattoo and piercing artists and expanded the idea of traditional art. Art of the Body runs from June 7th-30th at Art Alliance Downtown Gallery.
The new 3 Dots gave us a sneak peak on what’s to come. They looked ready for business as they hosted a volunteer appreciation event. They had fun activities that gave community members a voice, awesome drinks by Big Spring Spirits, and delicious food by Webster’s.
The Makery also offered an opportunity to learn the traditional technique of Indian Block prints. You could design a tea towel or wristlet with a variety of wooden blocks. The patterns were delicate and the night was upbeat with everyone creating.
The Expect More Store featured an exhibit by Anni Matsick. The exhibit highlighted her watercolor paintings which displayed children.
Woskob Family Gallery had some creative photography fun. Family and friends had a chance to listen to live music and hone their photography skills. Everyone got selfies with the artist photo booth.
Thank you to all the businesses and participants who make the monthly First Friday events enjoyable for everyone. As always, take a look at some of our favorite photos from the event. We look forward to seeing new and familiar faces on July First Friday, happening throughout downtown July 5th.