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Fairbury "First Friday" Art Walk December 7th
Plans are underway for downtown Fairbury’s art galleries and specialty stores to be open once again for "First Friday" coming up Friday, December 7th. Venues will be opening their doors to visitors from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. as part of the "First Friday Art Walk" in historic downtown Fairbury.
The December Art Walk will include 4 stops and participants in the walk will be given punch cards which can be picked up at any of the participating Art Walk locations. Punch cards can also be downloaded by clicking on the coupons link on Fairbury.com. With punch cards in hand, visitors are encouraged to visit each stop on the Art Walk to have their card stamped. Completed cards for December can then be turned in at Stagecoach Mall Antiques and Tasting Room to receive a special gift. All completed cards will then be placed in a drawing for a grand prize.
Located at 515 4th Street, New Earth Clay Pottery features locally made stoneware pottery by Bill Robbins of Fairbury and is Fairbury’s only working pottery. The gallery regularly features (for viewing and for sale) functional stoneware pottery, ceramic art, handmade tiles, jewelry, porcelain, paintings, hand-made paper, photography, sculpture and art glass pieces produced by local & regional artists.
According to Robbins, "December First Friday at New Earth Clay will feature fresh pots from my latest kiln firing, 100 mugs and more."
The Jefferson County Art Guild is located at 511 5th Street, across the street from the Campbell Bros Circus Mural. On display for show and sale will be works created by members of the Guild, which meets each Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for "paint-ins."
The theme for the December Art Walk is "Away In The Manager," featuring a display of nativity sets and centerpieces. Visitors to the Jefferson County Art Guild will also see a demonstration by LaVeda Fry on making white Swedish paper stars and will be able to participate in a hands-on activity.
Also included on the December Art Walk will be Lady George and The Dragon, located on the east side of the square at 416 E Street. Owners Georgia Acker and Myron Peak offer something unique for all ages. Visitors to their shop will find a variety of items ranging from soy scented candles, hand cast chess sets, and carved Viking runes. They have expanded their product lines to include hand blown glass vases, paper weights, figurines of real and fantasy animals, wind chimes and swords.
The December Art Walk will feature the works of Eudora Powell of Fairbury. Powell makes Chain Mail Head Jewelry, also known as "Juliet Caps." Samples of the different types of Juliet Caps are available at Lady George & The Dragon and visible on their website, www.LadyGeorgeAndTheDragon.com. Powell will be at present demonstrating her technique for making these unique adornments for visitors during the December Art Walk. Be sure to stop by and see her works.
Live Music, Wine Tasting
Visitors to Stagecoach Mall Antiques and Tasting Room can view the "century-old" brick wall and massive limestone fireplace made entirely of sculpted concrete, created by artist Thom Hunt of BB Studios of Fairbury. For the December Art Walk, Hunt’s work of art will provide the perfect backdrop for a wine-tasting event featuring Glacial Till Vineyard from Palmyra, NE . Glacial Till Vineyard will be offering a variety of handcrafted, Nebraska-made wines available for sampling and for sale (must be 21).
Tasty morsels for the December First Friday will be provided by CB Snider, owner of Totally Smoked BBQ of Fairbury. Chef CB will introduce First Friday attendees to his unique style of smoked meats & sides: Beef Brisket sliders, smoked & wrapped pickle spears & Marty's steak beans are on the menu.
The Tasting Room at Stagecoach Mall will also be featuring the live music of David Hunt of Fairbury, who will be entertaining First Friday attendees from 6 – 9 p.m.
Tickets for the event are available for $8 in advance or $10 at the door by calling Julie Katz at 402.613.2063 or by email at Julie@Fairbury.com. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting www.Fairbury.com. Proceeds from the wine tasting event will benefit local art projects and future First Friday Art Walk events.
Nationally-known artist and sculptor Lucky Stradley of Hubbell, Nebraska will be conducting two workshops in December at Stagecoach Mall Antiques & Tasting Room. Interested persons are invited to sign up one of two upcoming "Face Mug Workshops" which are scheduled for Friday, December 7th from 10 am to Noon and Sunday, December 9th from 2 – 4 pm. Cost of the workshop is $40 per person, per class.
The cost of the workshop includes everything needed. Lucky will provide the stoneware mugs that she throws on a potters' wheel. At the workshop, she will demonstrate how to sculpt a face. Attendees will then be assisted in sculpting their own face on a mug of their choosing.
Mugs created at each workshop will then be transported back to Hubbell where Lucky will bisque fire, glaze and glaze fire the mugs in her own kiln at her studio. The finished mugs will then be returned to The Stagecoach Mall to be picked up in time for Christmas. Participants will then have an original, one of a kind, microwavable and dishwasher safe mug that they created themselves to keep or give as a gift.
Mugs created during the Friday Dec 7th, 2012 workshop will be on display at the First Friday Art Walk at Stagecoach Mall that evening.
Each month, new artists, new locations and new events are featured for the Fairbury First Friday Art Walk. Organizers are hoping to grow this event and feature more art, artists, live music and events in the coming months as a tool to promote downtown Fairbury. Everyone is encouraged to come downtown this Friday beginning at 5 p.m. Enjoy the art, meet the artists and help support the arts in Fairbury!
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