The Valley Arts Council announces April 1 programming for First Fridays

Valley Arts CouncilSeventeen venues are participating in the Valley Arts Council’s First Fridays in the Valley program on April 1.

An online map ( makes it easy for residents and visitors to plan their evening arts experiences.

Venues hosting arts events on April 1 (5-7 p.m., unless otherwise specified) are:

  • Arts Incarnate (75 N Mason St) celebrates its new location with a grand opening and ribbon cutting from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy live music, wine and refreshments as you tour the two new gallery spaces with watercolor, oil, stained glass and wood works by Jane Goodman, Joyce McCarten, Zachary Nafziger and Zeke Trainum.
  • Asbury United Methodist Church (205 S Main St) is exhibiting Inspired by Nature, paintings by Robert Bersson. To visit during the art reception of the First Fridays of the Valley!
  • The Friendly Fermenter (20 S Mason St Suite B10) invites you to the opening reception for Exploration of Consciousness, textured paintings by Shelley Boyers at 5 p.m.; followed at 7 p.m. by live music from The Mash.
  • Gaines Group Architects/The Depot (141 W. Bruce St. Suite 201) invites you to an evening with artist Lori Mier. Enjoy Loris’ panoramic photography and browse her children’s book while enjoying light refreshments and prepackaged snacks. Masks are encouraged.
  • Green Hummingbird Fair Trade Clothing (320 S Main St) is the newest member of the First Fridays of the Valley family.
  • Harrisonburg Baptist Church (501 S Main St) presents Prelude to the Passion from 6-7 p.m., with Bible storytellers David Downey and Penelope Ferguson.
  • The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce (800 Country Club Road) is hosting an opening reception and artist talk with photographer Laurence Heine. Enjoy refreshments while visiting Laurence’s work!
  • Hess Financial (380 E Market St) invites you to meet artist Deborah Coffey at the opening of her new multimedia exhibition, While Wandering.
  • Horizon Gifts (60 W Market St) features artwork by members of JMU’s Kappa Pi fraternity at an opening reception.
  • The Madison & Shenandoah Valley Conference Center (710 S Main St) offers a mix of art and music on First Fridays in the Valley. Meet artist Robert Bersson at the reception from 5-8 p.m. and discover his paintings of nature, beauty and mystery. Enjoy live music in the hotel lobby from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase at Quill’s Lobby Bar and Montpelier Restaurant.
  • Lola’s Delicatessen (122 S Main St, Ste 103) opens its new exhibition, Around the Sun. Meet artist Jeremy Cohen and admire his oil paintings at the April 1 opening reception.
  • OASIS Fine Art and Craft (103 S Main St) hosts April with Dogs and Frogs, an exhibit of watercolors and acrylics by members of the Shenandoah Valley Watercolor Society. An added treat: live music from Simply Human!
  • Sage Bird Ciderworks (325 N Liberty St) opens The Language of Ordinary Things, an exhibition of acrylic paintings on canvas by Brittany Fan during a 5-8 p.m. artists reception at the North Wing Gallery. Charcuterie toppings and cider are available for purchase – with live jazz from 6:30-8:30pm!
  • Smith House Galleries (311 S Main St) is hosting an opening reception, sponsored by King Photo, for three separate exhibitions by area photographers. Stop for light refreshments and a chance to visit Bob Adamek (Wildlife: An Intimate Portrait), Greg Versen (Water: Its Iterations and Locations) and Cara Walton (The Danse Macabre).
  • Ten Thousand Villages (181 S Main St) welcomes you to an opening reception for Empowerment/Social Justice Art, featuring designs by Bryant Beverly.
  • 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.
  • Wilson Downtown Gallery (83 S Main St) is hosting an opening reception for The Joy of Shape, Color, Line, and Friendship in the Making of Art, featuring acrylic on canvas works by Doris Martin and Eliza Hoover. Come and have a light refreshment and meet the artists.

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