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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

1st Fridays Art Walk celebrating international cultural diversities

Jun 04, 2014

The Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, set from 6-10 p.m. Friday on and near the Fairfield square, has an international cultural diversity theme for June.

Events begin at 6 p.m. when Brigham Young University’s Living Legends perform one of its visually rich dances in Central Park. The group will return to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts for a performance celebrating the diverse cultures of Polynesian, Native American and Latin entertainers.

From 6:30-7 p.m., Ottumwa talent show winners Stephanie Fisk and Allison Metcalf will perform at the Ron Prill Bandstand in Central Park, with Keith DeBoer and Friends taking the spotlight from 7-7:30 p.m.

From 8-10 p.m., Country Music Association musician and Iowa native Jake McVey will perform in the bandstand.

In addition, more than a dozen food vendors, numerous artists, area nonprofit organizations and children’s activities will be showcased throughout the evening.

A drawing for a movie package from the Orpheum Theater is planned. Sign up to win at the art walk information tent on the north side of Central Park.

Also at the information tent, new art walk board member Maddie Grimillion has designed a “chalk board” for everyone to share their personal ideals about art and international cultural diversity.

In addition, local businesses, restaurants and galleries on and near the Fairfield square will present an array of art, food and the social interaction that helps make 1st Fridays Art Walk unique.

The Orpheum Theater Lobby Gallery will highlight Michelle Holly of Des Moines and will showcase the music of the Dave Leffler Quartet. Go to orpheumtheatrefairfield.org for further information.

The Carnegie Historical Museum will be open, with an opportunity to see permanent collections, with special highlights from the Lee Gobble collection.

Gallery 56 will host “Pictures Italy: Prints and Photos by Two Friends.” Work by Wendy Osterweil and Denise Gallagher will be on display in both rooms.

Flying Leap Gallery will feature artists including: Chad Ellis and his designs of the tiniest handwritten text; Wendy Stegall; and many additional artists. This will be the gallery’s final event before closing its doors.

ICON Gallery will display Ken Durbin’s curated show “Whimsy,” along with “The Art of David Rose” digital prints on aluminum.

Fairfield Nutrition will host the Maharishi University of Management student displays of dioramas done as school projects.

Fairfield Art Association has installed some of the “Artful Obelisk” summer art pieces in the downtown garden nodes. Holly Moore’s unique sculpture is a special highlight outside Café Paradiso.

The Arbor Bar at The Gardens will be open until 2 a.m., with DJ Joey Delre spinning 1990s R&B.

“We are thrilled to be back in the Fairfield square beginning our summer outdoor events,” said Cindy Woodbury, the art walk’s executive director. “We hope you will join us in this first of five outdoor art walk events,”

Sponsors for the June event are Cambridge Investment Research, Fairfield Iowa Convention & Visitors Bureau and Art Works of NEA.

A full schedule for the Friday event can be found at www.fairfieldartwalk.org.

For information regarding Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk in general or to participate in future art walk events, contact Woodbury at 233-8883 or fairfieldartwalk@gmail.com.

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