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Exhibition Schedule

2017 Exhibitions

February

Special Anniversary Show - 12x12
All Members Exhibition

January 31 - February 27

Opening Reception
First Friday, February 3

March

Featuring Ed King
All Members Exhibition

February 28 - April 3

Opening Reception
First Friday, March 3

April

Featuring Sandra Kennelly
All Members Exhibition

April 4 - May 1

Opening Reception
First Friday, April 7

May

Featuring Linda Warshaw
All Members Exhibition

May 2 - May 28

Opening Reception
First Friday, May 5

June

Featuring Suzanne Scheer
All Members Exhibition

May 30 - July 3

Opening Reception
First Friday, June 2

July

Featuring Chris O'Kelly
All Members Exhibition

July 5 - August 31

Opening Reception
First Friday, July 7

August

Featuring James Lyman
All Members Exhibition

August 2 - August 28

Opening Reception
First Friday, August 4

September

Featuring Ariel Freeman
All Members Exhibition

August 30 - October 2

Opening Reception
First Friday, September 1

October

Featuring Joyce Leatherwood
All Members Exhibition

October 3 - October 30

Opening Reception
First Friday, October 5

November

Featuring Casey Shaw
All Members Exhibition

November 1- November27

Opening Reception
First Friday, November 3

 

 

February 2017• Art First Turns 25
All Members Exhibit

Opening Reception • Friday, February 3, 6-9 pm.
Show Runs Through February 27, 2017

 



 

Opening Reception: First Friday, February 3 from 6 pm to 9 pm

Exhibit on View: February 1 -27 • 11 am to 5 pm

Longevity is rare for any organization that depends on voluntary effort. But the oldest art cooperative in Fredericksburg owes its start, and continued success, to members and their families, who willingly contribute time and elbow grease to encourage each other’s creativity.

Artist Jane Woodworth assembled Art First Gallery’s original members. In just one month, the long-vacant former restaurant at 108 Hanover Street, “around the corner from Sammy T’s”, was scrubbed of grease and smoke, painted and open to the public. Many of the gallery’s former members continue to exhibit in the local area and beyond. Widely recognized are: Jane Woodworth, Johnny P. Johnson, Paula Rose, Helen Butler, Dee McCleskey, Alba King (her son, Ed King, is a current member), Elsie Hagenlocher, Anita Holle and Ruth Loving. Two founding members remain: Cathy Herndon and Linda Warshaw. Both paint, create assemblages and teach. Members are juried by an elected board that values professionalism and a unique portfolio. Today, just as in the beginning, members ages span five decades.

All are welcome to join the First Friday celebration from 6 to 9 pm on February 3rd at 824 Caroline Street. A month long silent auction of more than 25 representative works, by current and some emeritus members, will be featured in a show called “This is Us”. Proceeds will benefit the Youth Art Program, which brings art to local underserved children through an initiative of the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts.

Deborah Elaine