Art walk celebrates cultural diversity
The Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk set for 6-10 p.m. Friday on and near the Fairfield square will be a celebration of music, food and culture from around the globe. Art walkers will be able to watch authentic dances from a variety of cultures, stroll through cultural exhibits and shop the world bazaar for crafts and items from across the globe.
Art walkers also will be able to taste their way around the globe with traditional foods from vendors serving a variety of international flavors.
Following the theme “International Culture Festival: Celebrating Cultural Diversity,” the art walk will include a variety of theatrical and cultural dancers, performers and entertainers, artists, live music and vendors from around the world with food from a variety of cultures including: India, Greece, Italy, Thailand, Chinese, Germany, France, Nepal, Mexico, Africa, Amerikan and more.
“We will have various cultural dancers, performers and more from 5:30-7, including Rebecca Bacher and the Temple Studio of Fine Art and Dance group and the [Maharishi University of Management] International Cultural Club,” said art walk’s executive director Cindy Woodbury. “FOLIBA West African drumming beginning at 7-8:15, [Two Roads Educational Arts and Theatre] Theatrical performance from 6-7 and Skunk River Medicine Show from 8:30-10.”
Vendors offer food
Food vendors in Central Park will include: Arandas (Mexican); Society of Fairfield Italian Americans (Italian gelato/cannolis); Octoberfest committee (German); Crepe Escape (French); Ethiopian (African); Green Gourmet (Indian kabobs); Kim Keller (American berry pies); and Braun Snow Cones (sweet ice).
Participating restaurants include: The Garden’s Seasonal Café (modern American); Café Paradisio (international beverages); Chocolate Café (European chocolates); India Café (Indian); Revelations (Italian pizza); George’s Café (Greek); Top of the Rock Grill (barbecue); ILA (Italian); Earth & Water (international teas); Thai Deli (Thailand); Shokai (Japan/sushi); and Doc’s Inn (American buffalo burgers).
Cambridge Investment Research and US Cellular are the event sponsor for the June art walk.
For more information on Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, an Iowa Tourism Event of the Year and recipient of the Iowa Tourism Office’s Tourism and the Arts award event, contact Woodbury at 233-8883, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.FairfieldArtWalk.org.
The Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk is seeking several volunteers to help with the event Friday.
Six volunteers are needed from 4-6 p.m. to help set up banners, flags, sandwich boards, tents and trash cans and to move tables and chairs and to make sure the electricty is working.
Six volunteers are needed to work from 6-10 p.m. in the “Kids Korner.” Those volunteers can work in two-hour shifts or the full four hours.
Volunteers are needed to work in the art walk information booth. Two volunteers are needed from 5:30-7 p.m. Three are needed from 7-8:30 p.m., and one is needed from 8:30-10 p.m.
One volunteer also is needed to help the food vendors from 5-9 p.m.
Four volunteers are needed from 10-10:30 p.m. to help take down the tents, banners, sandwich boards and tables and chairs.
Contact Woodbury to volunteer.
Galleries & Venues
Americus Gallery will be showing Christopher Kufner’s original oil paintings.
Flying Leap Art Space is offering an eclectic show of collaborative mixed media work, along with a collection of photographs. The gallery also will have opportunities for creative projects open to everyone, along with games, a photography trivia quiz with a prize and other activities.
Fairfield Art Association is presenting “Photographer Reny Parker” from 7-8 p.m. in the Main Gallery at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
Health & Wholeness is exhibiting paintings by John Staiano in the second Maharishi Vedic Pandit Benefit Show. Staiano has shown extensively from coast to coast.
ICON Gallery will present regional artist Leslie Bell’s newest work titled “Better Half” in the Main Gallery. Bill’s Room will feature “Illustrations” by Attilio Sinagra. ICON will be open from 6:30-10 p.m. Friday. The shows will run through July 6.
Infinite OM will be open with unique offerings in “The Vault.”
Revelations gallery space will feature various artists.
Stacey Hurlin’s “yet-to-be- named” gallery in the walking alley on the north side of the square will feature her recent artwork.
At Home Store will hold demonstrations of fresh, natural smoothies and other drinks.
Green Building Supply will have demonstrations of fresh smoothies by Steve Boss, LaTisha Page and Emily Shaw throughout the evening. Boss is a cooking show host on KRUU. Page owns Blended Bliss, and Shaw is a nutrition coach.