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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

Wanakee Pugh
32 N. Main St.
November 7 - 29, 2014
Opening Reception: November 7, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

During the month of November, the Arts Council will be hosting a reception for artist Wanakee Pugh, who is a resident of the Southern Illinois Region and a member of the Visual Artist Cooperative.

Ms. Pugh’s November exhibit will be on display from November 7 – 29 and will include a solo show displaying a diverse array of artistic media and genres.
The artist was born in New Jersey and raised in Michigan. In 1980 she moved to New York City to pursue a modeling career, which ultimately spanned 20 years. Her client list included such industry giants as Revlon, Clairol and Avon, and she regularly appeared in Vogue, Self, Essence, Ebony and Glamour magazines.

While in New York City, Pugh’s frequent visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art inadvertently segued her into a career as an artist. She began deciphering each painting as a series of lines, shapes, shadows, highlights and colors. Eventually, this led to Pugh painting studies of the Hudson River School masterpieces and quickly transitioned to her painting original works.

Ms. Pugh’s flexibility allows her to paint in several genres. She states, “I enjoy painting old world charm as much as contemporary abstracts. It may be my fashion background influencing me, but to paint the same style every time I pick up a brush feels like putting on the same clothes every time I get dressed.”

Community Wall

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.

Visual Arts Cooperative

New works by the Visual Arts Cooperative on display. Window exhibitors for September are Randy Hays and Sarah Cochrane.


First Friday Listing

The Artist Studio
38 A North Main Street
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The Artist Studio will be showcasing "ACYRLIC PAINTINGS" by Cindy Berry, Loretta Dodd, Carolyn Hardaway, Alison Kasten, Lori Ann Kinder, Jean Moore, Sharon Mueller & Sara Lynne Roettger as a result of recent workshops.... "Abstracts, Landshapes, and Florals" .... The studio will open at 4 pm and welcome guests until 9 pm.

Artisan Gifts
821 A Broadway

Artisan Gifts will be featuring wood earrings by Colorado artist, John Murphree. In November, we will be open Friday and Saturday, 12 - 4 pm, and 12 - 9 pm on First Friday.

BLack Door Gallery
124 S. Spanish St.
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The BLack Door Gallery will be featuring a solo exhibition of artwork by Marty Riley. Marty is a friend of the arts in Cape Girardeau, as a member of both the Arts Council and the Visual Artist Cooperative. Not only does she create beautiful artwork representative of the area, she also organizes exhibitions for the Chateau Girardeau. The reception begins at 5:00 pm!


Bilderbach's Art Plaza

5 North Main Street
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Gallery of Inspiration
Gallery of Inspiration will featuring "AGLOW," an exhibition by Greg Ridenour. Ridenour's work has been described as Bold, Spirited, and Kinetic.
WESTRAY Studio
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.
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.

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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Art Student Organizations United! Members of three Department of Art Student organizations, Art Guild, AIGA and Clay Club participate in this exhibition to display artwork completed during a course or as an independent project. The exhibition will be on display from November 3 - 13, with a First Friday Reception from 5 - 7 pm.

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp Museum
518 S. Fountain St., River Campus
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Crystal Wagner: Immersion
Crystal Wagner creates mixed media installations encompassing the entire gallery through a combination of different processes including screen printing, intaglio etching, relief printmaking, drawing, intricately cut paper, collage, cable ties, paint and mylar, and tar paper.

Artist Talk: Thursday, November 6 at 6:00 pm
Opening Reception: November 7, 4:00 -8:00 pm

Benjie Heu
Artist and Professor of Art in Ceramics at Southeast Missouri State University presents an exhibition in the Transition Space at the Crisp Museum.

Artist Talk: November 6 at 6:00 pm
Exhibition Open from October 31 – January 25


The Wright Group
126 N. Main St.
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The Wright Group will be participating in First Friday with the Arts for the first time with a solo exhibition featuring artist Jon Daniels. Daniels will be sharing a small collection of drawings highlighting the mundane elements of everyday life. The reception will be open from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.


Yoga East Healing Arts Studio

827 Broadway St.
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The November 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.