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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

Vicki Rueseler Overstreet
32 N. Main St.
October 3 - 31, 2014
Opening Reception: October 3rd, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

During the month of October, the Arts Council will be displaying the artwork of Cape Girardeau native artist Vicki Rueseler Overstreet in a solo exhibition. The exhibit will include numerous plein air pieces depicting both landscapes and urban scenes from the artist’s personal experience, as well as figurative imagery. Overstreet’s style is impressionistic, and is characterized by her use of clean, bright colors, and her technique of utilizing an energetic brushstroke.

The artist, who currently resides in Mississippi, works with oil paints and has travelled across the country to further her skill in plein air and oil painting techniques. She states that her pursuit of plein air painting, “has taken her to many beautiful places to study and paint on site.” She adds, “Landscapes are a reoccurring theme and always a challenge…to try and capture light, color and shadow in that particular place and moment in God’s creation, is a humbling and exciting experience.”

Community Wall

Over sixty photographers entered the Benton Neighbor Day Photography Contest, and the Arts Council is proud to have the opportunity to feature the nine winning entries on our Community Wall.

Visual Arts Cooperative

New works by the Visual Arts Cooperative on display. Window exhibitors for September are Dawn Melka and Melissa Whitaker.


First Friday Listing

The Artist Studio
38 A North Main Street
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The Artist Studio will feature work by Judy Barks-Westrich & "First Friday Specials." Studio will open at 11am & welcome guests till 9 pm.

Artisan Gifts
821 A Broadway

Artisan Gifts will feature crystalline glazed bowls and vases made by Missouri artist Tom Schembra.

Bilderbach's Art Plaza
5 North Main Street
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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 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.
Tangled Yarn
Raw materials including new yarn brands and fibers will be available for perusal and purchase during the First Friday Reception.

Cateye Glasses Studio & Gallery
2117 Broadway St.
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Cateye will be featuring Once Sacred Exhibition during First Friday, an exhibition of photographic images from a one-time outdoor sculptural installation by Mary Robbins.


Independence Place
5 S. Henderson
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Independence Place will be participating in First Fridays by hosting their own Art After Dark exhibitions. For October, Art After Dark will be featuring the artwork of Race Bradley. The shows will take place both Friday the 3rd and and Saturday the 4th from 9pm - 1am.


Latitudes, LLC.

37 North Main Street
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Latitudes will be participating in First Friday featuring local digital media artist and SEMO student Brooke Dohogne. In addition to light refreshments, there will be active pottery throwing by ceramicist Brandon Shelton.

River Campus Art Gallery
518 S. Fountain St., Seminary Building Room 106
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Artist Talk: October 3, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Reception: October 3, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

An installation consisting of sculptures, sounds and projected imagery related to live estate auctions is exhibited by Ariel Lavery of Murray, Ky.

Yoga East Healing Arts Studio
827 Broadway St.
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Yoga East Healing Arts Studio invites you to stop in and visit for their “Art and Soul” exhibit to enjoy the creative artworks gracing this meditative space. This month they are featuring Arts Council member artist Robert Towner in an exhibit entitled, “Wholly Writ.”

In his artist statement he writes, “I hope to re-present texts from the Hebrew and Christian Testaments and from poets and spiritual teachers in a way that will awaken wonder and perhaps a fresh appropriation of the wisdom and beauty of the Word. The lining and setting of text is a painstaking task and the illumination or decoration of the text combines design and detail. The process is intentionally contemplative. It was work well suited to the monastic life and I regard it as an effective form of “lectio divina” or meditation on the holy Word."