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!
at the Arts Council
Regional Juried Exhibition
32 N. Main St.
December 5, 2014 - January 31, 2015
Opening Reception: December 5, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host a reception for the 2014 Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. The show will be on display until Jan. 31 and will feature pieces by 23 regional artists.
The show was developed to demonstrate the diversity of the five-state region and the artists who live here. Artists were encouraged to submit works that interpreted any aspect of the Southeast Missouri Region, as well as its bordering states.
Accepted artists represent Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Tennessee. The piece selected to be this year’s “Best of Show”, and the recipient of the $500 cash prize, will be unveiled at the reception on Friday evening. Second place, and three honorary awards, will also be named during the 6:00 pm ceremony.
Sponsors of the event include: Procter and Gamble, First Missouri State Bank, Terry Godwin, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, and Bistro Saffron.
Empty Bowls Silent Auction
The Community Wall will be featuring our Annual Empty Bowls Silent Auction. For more information regarding this organization and to see the bowls up for bidding, please click here.
River Heritage Quilts
The River Heritage Quilter’s Guild will also display a selection of ‘mini-quilts’ along the Community Wall. Several of these quilts have been submitted into a national quilt competition, and were completed to commemorate the Guild’s 25-year anniversary.
Visual Arts Cooperative
The Visual Arts Cooperative displays new work from their talented local members in the Jean A. Chapman Gallery every month. Window exhibitors for December are Sue Kemp and Barbi Myres. You can read about the Visual Arts Cooperative here.
Throughout the months of December and January, the Visual Arts Cooperative will also display their Annual Mini Exhibit in the Jean A. Chapman Gallery. This year’s exhibit features over 100 original artwork miniatures, priced below $75, and painted by local and regional artists who are members of the Cooperative.
First Friday Listing
The Artist Studio
38 A North Main Street
The Artist Studio will have "Creations for Holiday Gifts" - decorative, functional, wearable & even edible - showcased by "special guests" Lisa Beaty Bishop, Debbie Ebaugh, and Tom & Julia Jorgensen. Judy Barks-Westrich will be showing her new holiday series of paintings "Believe". The studio will welcome guests from 11am till 9pm.
821 A Broadway
Artisan Gifts will be open for First Friday from 12:00 – 9:00 pm.
BLack Door Gallery
124 S. Spanish St.
The BLack Door Gallery will be featuring acrylic paintings from local favorite and gallery owner, Craig Thomas. Stop by to meet the artist and enjoy the evening from 5 – 9pm.
Bilderbach's Art Plaza
5 North Main Street
Hand-crafted herbal bath products, lotions, balms & salves, Spirit Dolls, Beeswax Candles, Framed Art, Doggie Delights, and more.
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. This month, the artists will be showcasing a hip, modern Xmas display in the front window created by Amy Kephart, Beverly Northcutt, Cindy Rimmer, and Darlene Schultz.
Photography by Dr. Joel Ray and drawings by Jeanie Eddleman will be on display. New drawings, sandstone coasters, and calendars for 2015 of Cape, Jackson, and Perry County. We can also personalize items with YOUR favorite photos. Stop by and check out our wide assortment of Cape County area memorabilia.
The Pained Wren Art Gallery is now exhibiting in two separate rooms inside Bilderbach's Art Plaza! Painted Wren exhibitors are now showing their work in the North Window gallery, visible from the street.
Shop retain yarns, needles, hooks, and accessories from many suppliers. Ask about classes.
5 S. Henderson
Grant Benoit from SIU will be the featured artist at Independence Place’s “Art After Dark” exhibit on December’s First Friday. It’s just Independence’s way of offering art patrons the chance to continue celebrating the arts “after dark.” 9pm – 1 am.
River Campus Art Gallery
518 S. Fountain St., Seminary Building Room 106
The Southeast Department of Art presents works by Graphic Design students Caitlin Brinker and Alissa Lindgren and Printmaking student Zack Petot. The exhibition will be on display from December 1 – 5. Closing Reception: December 5th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
31 N. Main St.
Social's Cafe & Catering will be a Hot Chocolate Bar during this First Friday, perfect to warm you up while you admire the artwork on display by Arts Council Member Artist Rusty Newton. Newton is well known for her charming Santa paintings, which will be on display throughout the holiday season. Walk-ins will be welcome throughout the First Friday evening to see the artwork!
Yoga East Healing Arts Studio
827 Broadway St.
The December art exhibit features the work of local artist Jenny Dugan. Jenny Dugan lives in Cape Girardeau with her husband Michael and her 2 daughters Autumn and Nicole. She likes to hike with her dog June. She is a member of Gallery of Inspiration in downtown Cape. The artist states, “ 'ABUNDANCE' is a collection of Zentangle ink drawings and photography that reflects on nature's capacity for creating emotional and spiritual healing.” The reception will take place from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.