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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!

at the Arts Council

Summer Art Academy
32 N. Main St.
August 1-30, 2014
Opening Reception: August 1st, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is proud to host an exhibit of artwork completed by students of the Summer Art Academy held at Southeast Missouri State University. Students range in age from 6 to adult, and their artwork incorporates many different media, techniques, and experiences.Over 120 students participated in the workshops this summer, and their artwork will be displayed for the month of August.

Visual Arts Cooperative

New works by the Visual Arts Cooperative on display. Window exhibitors for August are Marty Riley and Jean Rissover.

Community Wall

Pieces will be on display from various nursing homes whose residents have recently participated in on-site Summer Art Academy Workshops.

other First Friday events


The Artist Studio
38 A North Main St.
The Artist Studio will be showcasing "Watercolors" painted by Kaye Miederhoff & Jeanie Moore in recent workshop, as well as new work by Judy Barks-Westrich. The studio will be open at 11 am & welcomes guests till 9 pm.

Artisan Gifts

821 A Broadway
Artisan Gifts will be featuring new jewelry by Ohio artist Jackie Magyar. From 5:00 - 9:00 pm, for more information call 573.270.2931.

Bilderbach's Art Plaza
5 N. Main Street

Gallery of Inspiration
Gallery of Inspiration celebrates the hot days of summer with some hot new artworks by Community Counseling Center consumer artists.
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
The Painted Wren Art Gallery will be participating in the First Friday Art Walk as usual. A major change is also just around the corner, the Painted Wren will soon be expanding the gallery to include the front window gallery previously showcasing Mozaic Gallery.
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.”

Yoga East Art & Soul
827 Broadway

Exhibit features the work of local artist Laura Anderson. The artist states, “As an artist my goal is to try to capture the beauty in the living things around us; not to copy their image but to symbolize their inner being." Acoustic Music for the evening provided by Andrew Moore. 5:30 - 8:30 pm.