Valley Arts Council Announces First Valley Fridays

Fifteen venues plan to participate in the Valley Arts Council‘s First Fridays in the Valley program on July 1 in Harrisonburg.

Venues hosting art events on July 1 (5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise specified):

  • Arts Incarnate (75 N Mason St) invites you to a Double Gallery Vernissage from 4-7 p.m., with wine and other refreshments. Watercolors and oils by Lauren Vargas and Carly Rittenhouse are featured.
  • Asbury United Methodist (205 S Main St) is hosting an Arts for Ukraine fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., showcasing arts and crafts from area artists to support relief work in Ukraine by the Central Committee Mennonite. Just Jazzin’ features big band, contemporary swing and outdoor Latin tunes at 6 p.m.
  • The Gaines Group at The Depot (141 W. Bruce St. Suite 201) hosts Music on the Depot Patio with Lucas Schrock-Hurst. Enjoy live music, plus prepackaged drinks and snacks.
  • The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce (800 Country Club Rd) welcomes you for an opening reception for the Art by Andrea exhibition. Enjoy refreshments and admire illustrations and paintings by Andrea Konstant.
  • Horizon Gifts (60 W Market St) invites you to an art and music event from 5-8 p.m. Meet artist Isabel Gobach and enjoy live music from Mark and Reya.
  • The Madison Hotel & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center (710 S Main St) is hosting an opening reception for SWWS Watermedia, featuring watercolor, acrylic and mixed media works by signature members of the Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society. The artists’ reception is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with live Americana vocals and an acoustic guitar by Jane Cox in the hotel lobby.
  • Lola’s Delicatessen (122 S Main St, Ste 103) is hosting a kick-off reception for Project 365, an exhibition of photography by Brian J. Sampson.
  • OASIS Fine Art and Craft (103 S Main St) opens The New Art — The New Life Flow, an exhibition of new acrylic paintings by Bahir al Badry. Meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments during the reception.
  • Pale Fire Brewing Company (217 S Liberty St) is hosting a 5-8 p.m. Opening Reception for THE HANNYA, featuring an acrylic paint marker on canvas by Austin Gammons.
  • Sage Bird Ciderworks (325 N Liberty St) welcomes you to an artists reception from 5-8 p.m. for Shades of Summer, an exhibition of oil paintings by Stu Landis. Meet the artist and sample complimentary charcuterie dishes in the North Wing Gallery; cider is available for purchase. Enjoy live jazz by Gabe Ravel & Friends from 7-9pm
  • Smith House Galleries (311 S Main St) invites you to an opening reception for PaintedDaydreams: Abstract Works by Chito Padilla. Sponsored by Southwood Farm, the reception offers a chance to meet the artist, sample light refreshments and enjoy live guitar music from Mark Whetzel.
  • Ten Thousand Villages (181 S Main St) is hosting an opening reception for Animal Paintings, an exhibition of pastel and oil works by Donna Patton.
  • Village Juice & Kitchen (126 W Bruce St) joins the Valley’s First Fridays lineup in July with live music from Beyond the Sea.
  • Virginia Quilt Museum (301 S Main St) invites you to help build a Crazy Quilt community each month on First Fridays in the Valley. Materials and instructions are provided. July is the last chance for you to see the popular Inspired by Endangered Species exhibit, which ends on the 15th.
  • The Wilson Downtown Gallery (83 S Main St) is hosting an artists’ reception for Joy of Thy Dominion, an exhibition of oils on canvas by Christopher Markham. Light refreshments provided.

Other 2022 First Fridays at thValley Arts CouncilSites in the valley include: Community Mennonite Church, Explore More Discovery Museum, The Friendly Fermenter, Green Hummingbird, Harrisonburg Baptist Church, Hess Financial, Look West Gallery @ The Mark-It, Park Gables Gallery at VMRC, Rockingham Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Rocktown Yarn and The Wing Gallery at The Perch.

Support for First Fridays in the Valley – and other Valley Arts Council (ACV) programs – is provided by Cultivating the Arts 2022 Platinum Sponsors Kathy Moran Wealth Group, Matchbox Realty and Riner Rentals.

A 501(c)3 nonprofit, ACV is dedicated to cultivating the arts and connecting communities in the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.

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