First Thursday festivities moved inside the Fayetteville Town Center

The kids stage during a past First Thursday Fayetteville event

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It’s Thursday, June 5, and that means it’s time for First Thursday, the city’s monthly art walk and festival in downtown Fayetteville.

Due to the threat of severe weather tonight, the art walk and music portion of tonight’s events have been moved inside the Fayetteville Town Center. The event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Here’s what we know about:

On the square

First Thursday entertainment kicks off on the main stage inside the Fayetteville Town Center at 5:30 p.m. with magician Scott Davis. After that, local rock band Guta will take the stage at around 7 p.m.

The art walk will also take place inside the Town Center, with over 40 local artists and crafters exhibiting their wares. This month’s walk will include ceramics by Jana Jasmine Jean, drawings and paintings by David Lee Holcomb, and paintings by Shelby Nichols.

A beer garden featuring brews by New Belgium and local brewery Saddlebock Brewery be moved inside the Town Center as well. Proceeds from this month’s beer garden will benefit the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.

Also on the square, local songwriter Luke Pruitt will celebrate the release of his new album inside The Independent Denim & Essentials.

Fayetteville Underground

Work by Hannah Chalew, visiting artist at Fayetteville Underground this month


Fayetteville Underground has partnered with New Orleans’ Jonathan Ferrara Gallery for a new show featuring work by Louisiana artist Hannah Chalew. The show, titled Nature of the City showcases the artist’s exploration of the experience of place, examining the tension between nature and the built environment.

The Underground will also feature work by photographer Alli Woods Frederick, and mixed media painter Elijah John Mathis. Live music is also planned at the Underground, featuring local folk musician Adam Cox of Cletus Got Shot.

As usual, all of the residents at the Underground will have work on display, and drinks and snacks will be provided.

Around town

Yes, Yes, Yes, Now, Now, Now by Shawn Bitters, on display at Joy Pratt Markham Gallery inside Walton Arts Center

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Nightbird Books will host an art opening Thursday night as well, with featuring work by local artists Owen Buffington and Marc Laney, and button makers, K & A Button Emporium. The event will also include live music by locals Ozarka Orkestra, Naan Violence, and Zak M.

Walton Arts Center’s Joy Pratt Markham Gallery still has their Translating Earth, Transforming Sea exhibit, featuring work by Shawn Bitters, Joan Hall, and Laura Moriarty on display.

While you’re out and about, you can check out the new installation by Irish Street artist Maser, Under the Stars in front of Nadine Baum Studios at 505 W. Spring Street.