The frigid winter temperatures lifted on Friday afternoon as residents came to Downtown State College to experience the cool and eclectic vibe of February First Friday.
Local businesses and vendors welcomed attendees to enjoy monthly art displays, exclusive discounts and to learn about services and missions within the community,
Moody Culture Kombucha displayed its first public art showing at Art Alliance Gallery Downtown. The new collection includes pieces from various artists utilizing different materials and mediums, all expressing personal values, political views and modern muses. Pieces were inspired by artists such as Banksy and included sculptures, fabric work and abstract pieces. This display can be found throughout the month at Art Alliance Gallery Downtown.
The Makery also offered activities using various materials as stations were scattered around the large Calder Way workshop. Participants could try watercolor painting, marbling, Sumi Painting, Pop-up card creation, finger painting and more! Volunteers also offered face painting and caricature drawing. The evening was upbeat and innovative as participants of all ages challenges their creative skills.
The Expect More store, located inside Kish Bank featured artwork from late artist Stuart Frost. The intricate pieces tell stories and experiences of his life through intricate detail. These pieces will remain on display in the Expect More store throughout February.
Appalachian Outdoors held their monthly silent auction which featured items like hiking gear, Patagonia apparel and more. Mount NitaNee Kombucha featured six different flavors for participants to try; Skydive Happy Valley showcased their thrilling experiences; and ABC Chiropractic educated people on bone and muscle health. Kid Tech, a local non-profit dedicated to growing experience and interest in STEM fields, taught kids how to make a flying contraption propelled by pulling a string.
Webster’s bookstore and Café also featured artwork by artist Jennifer Kelly. Her portrait pieces featured images of animals and their owners with a range of different hues.
Attendees could also participate in events such as the “Make America Green Again” discussion by New Leaf Initiative hosted by Scot Chambers and a Foxtrot workshop at the Central PA Dance Workshop.
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 March First Friday, happening throughout downtown March 1st.