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Friday, October 4, 2019, from 5-9 PM, as part of First Friday with the Arts, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will be hosting a “Trick Art Treat” Stamp Card Walk with local participating businesses, and an opening reception for Observing Moments & Captured Moments by Mary Robbins and Monsters by Michael Baird, October “Solo Show Exhibition” artists.

Thank you to our First Friday galleries and businesses listed below, who participated in the event, as well to our other Friends of the Arts who were closed this year:
Caroline Thompson Studio & Gallery, Catapult Creative House, Gallery of Inspiration, Jeanie Eddleman Art Studio, Painted Wren Art Gallery, Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, Annie Laurie's, Atelier, Barista's Coffee Bar, Ebb & Flow Fermentations, eDen Salon & Spa, Free Spirit Studio, The Indie House, The Library Bar & Grill, Minglewood Brewery, Mississippi Mutts, and Sugar Chic Creamery.

Check Out All The Events Below!

*Denotes Business is NOT a Trick-or-Treat Location

Arts Council of Southeast Missouri

16B North Spanish Street

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will be hosting an opening reception for "Solo Show Exhibition" artists Mary Robbins and Michael Baird.

Mary Robbins is a mixed media artist working primarily with drawing, ink painting, fibers, sculpture, and graphic design. She is interested in exploring the experience of color interactions. She uses stitching to connect layers of collage, to create focal points, or to provide unseen structure to sculptural forms. Mary uses drawing to emphasize areas of interest. She has exhibited artwork regionally and nationally and has also created commissioned paintings, sculptures, and graphic design projects. Mary works in Cape Girardeau, in the position of Media Specialist for Kent Library at Southeast Missouri State University.

Michael Baird is a Lecturer of Art at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He studies folklore from across the globe and is particularly interested in the role monsters play in society. Baird enjoys bringing folklore creatures to viewers through the use of a wide range of materials and techniques including traditional fine art materials, contemporary materials, and good old-fashioned sideshow gaff.
In a statement on his work, Michael Baird expressed that “Monsters are an essential element in human society. We tell tales of mind-bogglingly bizarre creatures, horrifying beasts, and downright silly creatures. Humans need to let their imaginations run wild over the unknown, strange, and utterly frightening. It helps us to define who we are, what is and is not truly possible, and allows us to escape fromthe mundane. Folklore provides all this and more. I research folklore creatures of all kinds, from all across the world and I like to give them physical form with a dose of my own interpretation. It is my hope that these sculptures introduce viewers to folklore they had not previously encountered and, with luck, spark a desire to look for more.”

Visual Arts Cooperative Gallery
New works will be on display by the Cooperative Artists. Exhibiting in the Window will be Barbi Myres and Leslie Eby.

Catapult: Creative House

612 Broadway Street

First Friday in October Catapult Press will feature a new Exhibition, Tejanos: The Border Crossed Us, a printmaking portfolio exchange organized by J. Leigh Garcia, Adjunct Professor at Pensacola State College and Wendi Valladares, artist. In their words, "The complex history between Texans and Mexicans has resulted in a melding of these two cultures or what is known today as Tejanos. While many Mexican-Americans identify as Chicano/Chicana/Chicanx, Tejano/Tejana/Tejanx is a term specifically for Mexican-Americans who call Texas their home. For many Tejanos, their familial lineage in present-day Texas dates back to before the Texas Revolution, hence the famous line, 'we never crossed the border, the border crossed us.'"
Student Exhibition:
Catapult Creative House will hold its second Student Artist of the Month exhibition of the year. The exhibition titled Stories Untold will feature the work of Southeast Missouri State University artist, Ryan Nevill. The exhibition is currently on view on the second floor of Catapult Creative House and will run through the month of September, with a closing reception to be held on Friday October 4.⠀

Many literary works have an underlying backstory or lesson behind their text, in Untold Stories Nevill’s art has an underlying story within the ink. Stories Untold contains pieces that individually express a personal and “untold” narrative. According to Nevill, the pieces in this exhibition create an environment in which the viewer can reflect upon their own life experiences. Through pairing personal narratives with imagery Nevill creates a powerful totem through which one can cope and express emotion.⠀

Each month and as a part of a program to promote community based and integrated art making, a student artist is chosen to exhibit his or her work at Catapult Creative House’s Student Studio Gallery. These exhibitions will showcase a range of work from individual artists that highlights their personal and professional artistic explorations as a part of the Southeast Missouri art community. These artists explore the physicality of the human condition, its relationship to nature, and the role of art in contemporary society. In addition to the exhibition, attendees are welcome to tour the studio spaces, view ongoing projects, and engage with the artists.⠀

The exhibition reception is scheduled for October 4, from 5 - 9 p.m.


Gallery of Inspiration
5 North Main Street
Gallery of Inspiration invites the public to celebrate their artist and local photographer, Beverly Northcutt, during First Friday with the Arts. In addition to the new work, Gallery of Inspiration will also be having a “Make an Offer” sale for artwork that the artists have decided to sell at lower costs. Be sure to drop in for great deals! They will also have their front window display themed around Alice in Wonderland designed by Kelly Nigro, Beverly Northcutt and Thomas Shaner.

Caroline Thompson Studio & Gallery
59 North Lake Drive

DIRECTIONS: From corner of Mount Auburn and Hopper, turn west and proceed several blocks, crossing Interstate at Hopper and Veterans Parkway. Follow Hopper to stop sign at Twin Lakes and NORTH LAKE DRIVE, turn left. 59 North Lake Drive entrance is between the first and second house facing street on left. Look for No. 59 white post sign and hot pink bows between two houses.  Drive back into the woods where someone will assist you with parking. (Trees prevent seeing the house and studio.)

Regional guest artists featuring an exciting array of new and recent works in various mediums! An evening of art not to miss!! Caroline Thompson-Local abstract expressionist/cubist artist.  Linda Buis-Regional well known artist in oil.  Michelle Spencer-Sainte Genevieve and St. Louis area artist.  Vicki Cummings-Sainte Genevieve and St. Louis area artist. Dave Carter-Cape Girardeau well known regional artist and teacher.  Kevin Ord-Sainte Genevieve potter with a creative style in clay and color.  Please join us for our last First Friday of the 2019 season, and enjoy a champagne appetizer buffet from 4 – 7 PM.    

Jeanie Eddleman Art Studio
620 Whitelaw Avenue

Come and see the wonderful Jeanie Eddleman and the products at her Art Studio.  2020 Calendars will be available for purchase from the Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Marble Hill areas with old historic building drawings.  Other products include graphite drawings, prints, coasters, mugs, cutting boards, note cards, commission work, historical books: Images of Bollinger County, Shadows of Cape Girardeau County Yesteryears, and Perry County Reflections of the Past.

Painted Wren Art Gallery
620 Whitelaw Avenue

Painted Wren Art Gallery will be hosting the Missouri Bicentennial Paint for a Cause. This is a historic, two-year project to celebrate Missouri’s 200th birthday. The panels are currently at Painted Wren and the public is welcome to help paint them during First Friday with the Arts. Anyone, any age, and any ability can paint for FREE on a two-inch square. The staff at Painted Wren will help guide and direct all who wish to paint this piece before it travels across the state. Check out the Missouri Bicentennial Paint for a Cause Facebook page for more information:   

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum

518 S. Fountain Street

The Crisp Museum will have Transient Penumbra-which features the work of Chintia Kirana-on display through October 20, 2019 “The process of making the work becomes a meditative ritual. In this meditative state time I am able to be in the present, in the moment, in timelessness."
The museum will also host: “Engage in 8”-Moon Nightscape & Creepy Characters
For all ages! 4-8pm
Be part of a photo op nightscape including creepy, creative creatures under a large glowing moon. Create a moon nightscape with silhouettes using acrylic paints. Supplies are provided. Free and open to the public. Candy will be given out, get in early to grab some sweet treats.

Annie Laurie's 
536 Broadway Street

Please join us for October First Friday and shop the many interesting unique finds at our store! We will be able to assist you in your quest for quality, unique pieces and wonderful value. 

221 Independence Street

What is better than enjoying NEW featured clothing and items while enjoying a nice refreshing cocktail while you shop!  Let me tell you, nothing! Check out one of a kind items sold only at this unique boutique!
Atelier will feature 30% off all Burlebo short sleeves, and 50% off women's jeans.

Barista's Coffee Bar
338 Broadway Street

Anna May Zembesh will be displaying her wonderful stained glass art from 3-8 PM. “I’ve been doing stained glass for a year and a half. You can find some of my pieces at Kith & Kin in downtown Cape Girardeau. I’m a 26 year old Cape resident who loves herpetology and riding bicycle. Stained glass makes me so happy! 

Ebb & Flow Fermentations
11 S Spanish St

Ebb and Flow Fermentations is a small artisan brewery in downtown Cape Girardeau. They have an ever-evolving tap list with a wide range of styles and a nod toward seasonal and culinary based beers. This First Friday, they are not only participating in the stamp card walk, they are also offering a free "small pour" for patrons that present the stamp card with 7 stamps on it from 5-9 p.m. In addition, they will feature the wonderful music of local musician, Jason Heeter.

Free Spirit Studio & The Indie House
605 Broadway

Free Spirit Studio and the Indie House will be hosting a "Backyard Bash" from 5-8 p.m. on First Friday. The event will feature handcrafted goods, live music, and MUCH MORE! 

eDen Salon & Spa
151 S. Spanish Street

Come and enjoy wonderful artwork by Mike Tenholder. While there be sure to enjoy one of their many services including a relaxing massage, hair styling and a free pumpkin face mask to anyone who receives 7 stamps on their Trick-Art-Treat Card.

Library Bar & Grill
10 S. Spanish Street

With the perfect mixture of pure folk and country blues the Ivas John Band is definitely a show to see. Come hear their unique and original sound for yourself this Friday at the Library. Be sure to arrive early because seating space will fill up quickly.

Minglewood Brewery
121 Broadway Street

Please join us for First Friday, October 4th for some fresh brews and hot eats! Nothing beats pizza and art.

Mississippi Mutts
609 Broadway Street

Be sure to check out the new toys at Mississippi Mutts for your special pet! Stop by with your pooch!

Sugar Chic Creamery
137 N. Main Street

Sugar Chic Creamery scoops up 16 flavors of premium ice cream and 8 flavors non- dairy soy and Italian ice. Offering over 100 flavors that rotate regularly