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First Friday with the Arts


Are you an art lover? Enjoy viewing the newest art exhibits?

First Friday is Cape Girardeau’s premier art opening. With many different venues to visit you can meet the local artists, ask questions about their work, and experience the arts!

Enjoy wine tasting, soft drinks and refreshments, too!

All the galleries open at 5 p.m. and close at 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month. For a full list of local galleries and arts organizations, please visit our Resources Page.

To see who's exhibiting at our galleries check out our Current Exhibits page. Come join us!


**The galleries and arts organizations have postponed the July First Friday with the Arts to July 11th in honor of Independence Day**

at the Arts Council

CLICK.
32 N. Main St.
July 1 - 26, 2014
Reception: July 11th, from 5:00 - 9:00 pm


During the month of July the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will be partnering with the River Region Photography Association (RRPA) by featuring the exhibition CLICK in our galleries. The exhibit will feature photographic images from around 30 of the group's members. These members have been invited to choose their favorite piece for display; each photograph will include information about where the image was captured and how the artist captured it.

Learn more about the Exhibition!

other first friday events


The Artist Studio
38 A North Main St.
The Artist Studio will be acknowledging First Friday with the Arts July 11th & showcasing paintings from 2 previous workshops. "Acrylics" by Angie Brown, Jerre Hall, Doris Hammontree & Joyce Kennedy. "Watercolors" by Nikki Harvel, Diane Higgins, Mary Higgins, Lindsay Lambert, David Warren & Jenny Zeller. Studio will open at 11am & "Opening Reception" 5 - 9pm. All are welcome!!!

Artisan Gifts

821 A Broadway
Artisan Gifts will be featuring new porcelain jewelry in a variety of color and design by artist Linda Bohnsack. From 5:00 – 9:00 pm, for more information call 573.332.1660.

Bilderbach's Art Plaza
5 N. Main Street
Join us in welcoming musical guest Jonathan Puzan. The five locally owned art
galleries within the Plaza will be open from 12-9PM including an artist
reception in the Landing with light refreshments and live music from 5-9pm. Learn more about Bilderbach's Plaza.
MoZaic Art Studio
The gallery will be featuring the talented artists of Mozaic Art Studio. July 26, 12-6pm will be
our last day of business “for now”, please join us for an Open House with wine
and refreshments. Coming soon you will be able to shop on our website www.mozaicartstudio.com.
Gallery of Inspiration
The Gallery of Inspiration is a specialized gallery designed to showcase the artistic works of several very talented clients of the Community Counseling Center. The artwork featured in our gallery is the product of each artist’s individual explorations with art. Ultimately art is what allows many of these extremely talented people to tap into their creativity--and for some, to overcome many of the day-to-day life issues they face such as dispelling stigmas associated with mental health.
WESTRAY Studio
WESTRAY Studio will be featuring photography by Dr. Joel Ray and drawings by Jeanie Eddleman. There are some great special prices and Cape Girardeau and Jackson memorabilia.
Painted Wren
This gallery, managed by Aaron Horrell, offers local artists a chance to show and sell their artwork. The ever changing exhibits at the Painted Wren offer upwards of 400 different works of art at any given time.
Tangled Yarn
Raw materials including new yarn brands and fibers will be available for perusal and purchase during the First Friday reception.


BLack Door Gallery

124 S. Spanish St.

The BLack Door Gallery will be hosting an exhibition entitled “Feminine Perspective.” They will be holding receptions both July 4th and July 11th to celebrate with downtown and First Friday with the Arts.

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum
518 S. Fountain St.
Reception: 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Art & Artifacts
July 1 – August 24, 2014
Art and artifacts from acquisitions including works by Rodin, Picasso, Jacob Lawrencce, Jake Wells, Maria Martinez, Tony Da and other luminaries.
Transition Spaces 14.1: Wendy Cooper: Yellowstone National Park
July 11 – August 24, 2014
The exhibition presents views of Yosemite National Park, the result of a week long, study intensive trip for students at Southeast Missouri State University that the artist, Assistant Professor Wendy Cooper, organized and taught June 2013. The pigment prints included in the exhibition are printed in aluminum as part of Cooper's ongoing research into photographic printing processes and associated substrates. For more information call (573) 651-226o.