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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

2nd Annual Member's Exhibit
32 N. Main St.
September 5 - 27, 2014
Opening Reception: September 5th, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

This First Friday we celebrate our members! Join us for a special reception from 5:00 - 9:00 pm featuring our 2nd Annual Members Exhibit. We are fortunate to have had over 60 submissions by our talented artist members! Artworks include a range of painting media, pastels, printmaking, photography, and three-dimensional works. You can find a list of participating artists, and links to select members art websites, here.

At 6:00 pm, we will hold the Annual Members Meeting and nominations for the next slate of officers will be presented. Following the short meeting, we will hold our Awards Ceremony. Thomas Smugala, owner & editor of 573 Magazine, will present his selections for First, Second and Third Place.

After the presentation, we will welcome Daniel Atwood to play acoustic guitar. Daniel is a student currently studying Guitar Performance at Southeast Missouri State University. Enjoy light refreshments and tunes throughout the evening on us!

Visual Arts Cooperative

New works by the Visual Arts Cooperative on display. Window exhibitors for September are Annie Schuchart and Margaret Schneider.


other First Friday events


The Artist Studio
38 A North Main St.
The Artist Studio will feature work by Judy Barks-Westrich.

Artisan Gifts

821 A Broadway
Artisan Gifts will be featuring new jewelry by Linda Bohnsack. 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 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.


BLack Door Gallery

124 S. Spanish St.

The BLack Door Gallery will be hosting a Starving Artist Sale. Inside & outside, local artists will be selling works for $100 and under! 5:00 - 9:00 pm.

Latitudes, LLC.
137 N. Main St.

Latitudes will be open for First Friday, featuring live pottery throwing, a featured artist, and snacks... with the possibility of a musical performance!


River Campus Art Gallery
518 S. Fountain St., Seminary Building Room 106

Opening Reception: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Artist Talk: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Brent Webb, director of the art department at Southeastern Illinois College, presents a solo exhibition of oil paintings that projects fantasies, dreams, myths, memories and desires.

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp Museum
518 S. Fountain St.

Opening Reception: 4:00 - 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: 6:00 pm

The Crisp Museum will be featuring Horizon, an exhibit by Sparky Campanella. Horizon is a series of color photographs focusing on the point where nature and urban worlds collide. The images are equally divided between nature and man, a graphical partnership that represents a desire for balance between these two fundamentals.


Yoga East Healing Arts Studio
827 Broadway St.

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."