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"First Friday" Art Walk Scheduled For September 7th
August 2012 - Plans are underway for downtown Fairbury’s art galleries and specialty stores to be open once again for "First Friday" coming up Friday, September 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 September Art Walk will include 3 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 September 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. The winner of the August Art Walk Grand Prize, a handmade necklace courtesy of Lady George and the Dragon, was Tracy Maurer of Minneapolis, MN.
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.
The September Art Walk at New Earth Clay Pottery will feature the works of artist, Dorothy Lambert (Uhrmacher), a central Nebraska artist. Teaching is an integral part of her makeup and provided a career that spans 42 years. Her artwork reflects a sense of open plains and momentary vignettes that capture the eye and are then gone in the shifting seasons that dominate this part of the world. Most of her works are visual memories of long, solitary hikes through the pastures that fringe the southern edge of the sandhills, and many summer days spent along the Platte River & its wooded environs. According to Lambert, "It is my belief that a work of art should keep its owner ‘good company,’ becoming a part of that person’s environment. In effect, a work is a changeless part of the unique life of that individual."
Visitors to New Earth Clay Pottery during the September Art Walk will have an opportunity to meet Lambert and learn first-hand about her work. Lambert’s works will be on display and for sale at New Earth Clay Pottery throughout the month of September.
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 September Art Walk will feature bird houses decorated by Guild members. Each is unique and reflects the personality of the owner! Visitors to the gallery will also see a demonstration by Lacey Searing on how to cut and fold paper to create an origami bird cage.
Located at 508 E Street, Stagecoach Mall Antiques and Tasting Room will feature a sculpture exhibit by Fairbury native, Thom Hunt of BB Studios. "Anatomy of a Tree" is the title for series of small-scale sculptures created by Hunt in which he masterfully combines elements of nature such as wood and bark with the human form. Hunt will be on hand to meet and greet Art Walk goers.
Hunt recently applied his sculpting talents and eye for detail to façade improvements to the storefront at 508-512 E Street. Expansion and modernization of Hesteds in the late ‘50s altered or destroyed original architectural elements and what was left behind was a patchwork of broken, mismatched and infill brick of many colors and textures. Hunt used sculpted concrete to create a weathered "limestone" band across the entire length of storefront. Specially-formulated stains were used to colorize the brick for a more unified appearance. "I wanted the storefront to have continuity and yet retain the look of a building that is nearly 100 years old. If folks drive by and wonder what Thom did to it, then he completed his mission. It’s supposed to look as if it has always been like that," according to Julie Katz, owner of Stagecoach Mall. "I thought the only solution was to paint the brick all one color, but what Thom did turned out so much better."
Chalk Walk - Masterpieces In Chalk
Fairbury High School Art Students under the direction of Connie Schouboe will be creating works of art on the sidewalks downtown along the path of the September Art Walk. On Thursday and Friday afternoon, Sept 6th & 7th, students will be working on chalking the sidewalks, giving art walk participants a new art form to enjoy along the path between stops.
Live Music, Wine & Beer 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, also created by artist Thom Hunt. For the September Art Walk, Hunt’s work of art will provide the perfect backdrop for a wine-tasting event featuring SchillingBridge Winery & Microbrewery from Pawnee City, NE. SchillingBridge will be offering several proprietary wines and handcrafted beer, available for sampling and for sale (must be 21).
To compliment the wine and beer, a selection of nibbles and treats will be available. Iryne Hunt, wife of Thom Hunt of BB Studios of Fairbury will introduce a traditional Filipino spring roll called "Lumpia." Jaime Lambert of Cracker Jax Gifts will offer samplings of Stonewall Kitchen gourmet food products and Jody Lucking will be introducing Pampered Chef items from the new fall line.
Need A Little Retail Therapy?
First Friday will provide opportunities for shopping as well. Stagecoach Mall features quality antiques, collectibles and unique gift items for sale during First Friday events.
The Tasting Room at Stagecoach Mall will be featuring the live music of The Dirty Low Dogs, a duo from Lincoln, 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.
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!
If you are an artist and would like to participate in future Art Walks, please contact Fairbury.com by calling 402.613.2063 or by email: Julie@Fairbury.com. Art Walks for every month are scheduled. Artists and downtown Fairbury retailers are encouraged to participate at no cost.
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