So it’s a boring Friday night and you may be wondering what is there to do? Well come on down to First Fridays of course!
On the first Friday of every month many downtown businesses have gallery openings. As stated on their Facebook page, “First Fridays Downtown is a free celebration of culture and community held in downtown Harrisonburg. During the first Friday of the month, the downtown venues host art exhibition openings, local music performers, and various arts related events.”
We stopped by two galleries to see the work of some of our JMU faculty and alumni; Knotweed by School of Art, Design, and Art History (SADAH) Professor Allyson Taylor, and KinAesthetic by SADAH professors Stephanie Williams and Greg Stuart, and almuni Danielle O’Brien and Braxton Congrove
Spitzer Art Center is on W. Market St
The show was named after kinesthesia, or the sense of awareness of your body.
The different pieces took up entire rooms and were draped over chairs, tables and the floor
Stephanie Williams speaks with a viewer about the show.
The different pieces were made up of smaller pieces constructed by the individual artists and arranged into one larger piece
Here a small monster wanders amongst cartilaginous pieces of wax sculpture
Several rocking chairs were intertwined with soft sculpture reminiscent of microbes.
Sculpture hung from as many places as possible throughout the building including windows and doorways.
Another sculpture rests on this rocking chair.
Pieces of fabric drop down from the arm of a rocking chair.
An animation by Stephanie Williams was projected onto the ceiling.
The center also featured live music by Jeff Gorman.
The show also featured several collages.
This sculpture hung from the doorway in the main hall
Several sculptures used found materials such as the deer antlers seen here.
Our next stop was Larkin Arts in court square
The show here was called Knot Weed and featured work by SADAH professor Allyson Taylor and her partner Jeremy Taylor
The show had many smaller drawing and illustrations, including some embroidery
The dozens of works grouped together created an all new piece of art
Live music was provided by Bill Howard
Vistors examine illustrations themed around various saints
Small bags of herbs and weeds
There were also large sewn panels.
First Fridays are a great way to explore downtown and see what kind of art people in the area are making. To see the participating venues and featured artists click here and don’t forget to check out their Facebook to learn more.