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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 ten different venues to choose from 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. To see who's exhibiting at our galleries check out our Current Exhibits page. Come join us!

Apr. 4 - 26

12th Annual Visual Arts Cooperative Exhibit


 April 4th from 5 pm - 9 pm, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Reception

This special three-gallery exhibit will feature the fifty artists who comprise the Visual Arts Cooperative. The Co-op strives to present a quality exhibit of a wide range of traditional, contemporary, and experimental works including a variety of painting media plus sculpture, fiber arts, assemblage, graphic and digital art, and photography. The annual exhibit is a chance to showcase the talents of the Visual Arts Cooperative in full, with multiple pieces from each artists.


Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit on Broadway

April 2014-April 2015. Reception will be held on April 4th at 6:00 pm at the Vasterling Suites Courtyard, 151 N. Fountain St. Check out the website and facebook page for more information!

Other First Friday Happenings Around Town!

The Artist Studio
38 A North Main St.

The Artist Studio will be showing new work by Judy Barks-Westrich. Open from 5 – 9pm.

Artisan Gifts
821 A Broadway

Artisan Gifts will be featuring new porcelain jewelry designs by artist Linda Bohnsack. For more information, call 573.332.1660.

Bilderbach’s Art Plaza
5 N. Main St.

The five locally owned art galleries within the plaza will be open from 12-9 pm including an artist reception in the landing from 5-9 pm.

 MoZaic Art Studio

Featured artist Barb Bailey lives at Patchwork Acres in Bollinger County, Missouri. Nubian dairy goats are among the animals raised there and Barb uses the goat milk to make luxurious soaps and lotions. Its aromatherapy for the beginning or end of your day, with a relaxing, soothing scent or an energizing pick-me-up.

 Gallery of Inspiration

Gallery of Inspiration will be featuring brand new works of art by artists Kent Davis, Sue Floyd and Greg Ridneour.  Additional works of art by Gallery of Inspiration Artist Guild members will be on display.

 WESTRAY Studio

Photography by Dr. Joel Ray and drawings by Jeanie Eddleman.  This month will feature the drawings of Sunderman Theater in Fredericktown and the Iron Mountain Railroad Depot in Jackson. New 2015 Calendars of Cape Girardeau and Jackson will be available.

 Painted Wren

This gallery is managed by Aaron Horrell who offers local artists a chance to show and sell their artwork. The ever-changing exhibits at Painted Wren offer upwards of 400 different works of art at any given time.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp Museum, 518 S. Fountain St.

 This Juried Exhibition will feature the creative talents of students from the Southeast Missouri State University's Department of Art. Selected works were chosen by an alumni juror, Kyle Triplett. Awards will be announced at 4:30 pm, and the reception will be held from 4 – 8 pm.

 Salon des Refuses
River Campus Art Gallery, Seminary Building Rm 106

 This exhibition features the work of Southeast art students in ceramics, digital art, drawing, fibers, graphic design/illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and foundations courses. Reception will be held from 5 – 7 pm.

 BLack Door Gallery
124 S. Spanish St.

 Elizabeth Thomas will be exhibiting assemblages and found object artwork. Reception will be held from 5 – 9 pm.

 Yoga East Healing Arts Studio
827 Broadway St.

This exhibit features the work of local artist Tim Vollink, in a profound exhibit entitled, "Kintsukuroi -- To Repair With Gold." The artist states, "I am Broken.I am Whole. Through my art I try to represent these parts, finding beauty in imperfection. I celebrate cracks and crevices; all the marks that time leaves behind. To me it represents my life, how my wounds, my scars can most brightly represent the Divine in me. As Rumi said, 'The wound is the place where the light enters you.'" Receptionw ill be held from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.