On Friday, October 3, eight downtown businesses and organizations will participate in the First Friday Art Walk, 5-9 pm, with various free events and exhibits. A trolley will pick up and drop off visitors at the different venues, and volunteers will be on hand as tour guides to help guests find their way between nearby galleries. As the art walk comes to a close, the fun will continue with the Art After Party at The 567 Center with live music and refreshments. Tickets to the After Party are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Art Walk events will be presented at the following locations (events start at 5 pm and end at 9 pm, unless otherwise noted):
- Tubman African American Museum presents “Last Rites,” a posthumous exhibit of works by three local self-taught artists: Lynn Tate, Sam Zellner and Blu Sky. Last Rites is curated by Heatherly Wakefield, Director of Fine Art at the Macon Arts Alliance.
- Macon Arts Alliance presents the opening reception of an exhibit of work by Cherry Brewer and Ester Lipscomb. Cherry Brewer is a local painter who is known for her large, expressive paintings, bright colors, and loose brushstrokes, while Ester Lipscomb is an artist from Lakemont, GA who creates raku pottery.
- The 567 Center for Renewal presents the opening reception of “Synergy” at The 567. In addition to the exhibit, The 567 will have an “art wall” in the gallery where anyone can create art.
- Contemporary Art Exchange presents their Fall Members Show, 6 pm.
- Golden Bough Bookstore will offer an art exhibit and live music, 5-7 pm.
- Roasted Café will offer an art exhibit and live music, 7 pm.
- Fresh Produce Records will offer an art exhibit and concert featuring local artists, 5-9 pm
- “City Scenes,” presented by Middle Georgia Art Association, will be on display at Market City Café.
- One City Art Festival presents a pop-up gallery, which will turn an empty building downtown into a temporary gallery space featuring outstanding artists from around the state. The exhibit will be curated by museum studies students from Georgia College and State University.
- Local artist Eric O’Dell will present “Incident,” a pop-up exhibit of his work at 567 Cherry Street.