It’s party time, art lovers.
By that, we mean it’s time for the First Thursday art walk and family festival in downtown Fayetteville.
This month’s event is the final First Thursday of the year with music and outdoor activities, so you’d better get out and enjoy it while you can.
There will be live music on the mainstage on the square this month with New Orleans-style horn band, Crescent City Combo at 7 p.m.. Little Rock Magician Tommy Terrific will kick things off on the kids state at around 6:15 p.m.
As always, an art walk featuring several local artists and vendors will be set up around the square.
Galleries around the square typically host an opening during First Thursday as well, and this month’s event is no exception.
sUgAR, The University of Arkansas Student Gallery, will host an opening reception for the exhibition, In Which We Dwell, from 5:30-8 p.m. The show utilizes John Burnside’s poetry as a conceptual root, and will present a collection of work by artists “dealing with ideas concerning the physical aspects of life and the environments in which we reside.” The gallery is located at 1 East Center on the Downtown Fayetteville Square.
Fayetteville Underground will host an exhibition showcasing new work from three long time Fayetteville Underground resident artists; Alli Woods Frederick (photography), Hank Kaminsky (conceptual sculpture), Cheri Bohn (mixed media).The will also be live music by the Jazz Misfits, and beer from Fossil Cove at the Underground Thursday night.
In the center of the square at the Old Post Office, there will be a print sale benefiting Able Talks, a local non-profit which serves young adults with autism and other disabilities. 25 artists will sell prints for $25 each, and all the proceeds benefit the organization. Here’s more.
Not far from the square, artists from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi will exhibit work exploring Southern Gothic themes of voodoo, rural urban myths, haunted swamps, and other weirdness at the Spooky ol’ South show we mentioned earlier this week at DZNR Studios (15 W. South Street). The opening begins at 6 p.m., and artist/musician Adam Posnak is set to perform as well. Here’s more info.
There’s also live music at Path Outfitters with a new band called Mañana, food trucks around the square, a craft beer garden, and lots more.
The fun starts at 6 p.m. For a bit more info, visit firstthursdayfayetteville.com.