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First Friday with the Arts is Back!

Have you ever been downtown on a First Friday evening? Shops are open, galleries display new and original artwork as part of the Art Walk, signs line the sidewalk and the sound of live music wafts onto the street. People who make it a point to visit downtown during a First Friday with the Arts event will tell you there is great energy in the air.

Local galleries and studios started First Friday with the Arts in 2003 as a way to engage the community with the arts. At the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, we understand the power and importance of the arts as a unifying force. For this reason, as of January 1, 2015, the Arts Council is excited to announce that it has become the coordinator of these monthly events.

To kick off this transition, a downtown-wide Cookie Spree will be held on Friday, February 6th, from 5–9pm. During the Cookie Spree, participating businesses and galleries will offer different types of cookies at their locations, and guests can receive a stamp on their First Friday Stamp Card for every business they visit. Those who go to 5 or more downtown galleries or shops will become eligible for a ½ price appetizer at The Bar, which was featured in the newly-released film Gone Girl! Stamp cards can be picked up at any of the participating businesses listed below.

If you would like a complete listing of cookies available, make the Arts Council your first stop. We will have delicious chocolate-chunk cookies, courtesy of Chick-Fil-A, as well as handouts for the different types of cookies offered (including several gluten-free options!). We hope you’ll make it a point to visit Downtown Cape Girardeau this Friday, and bring your sweetie. There will be enough sweet treats to go around! 

Participating Businesses and Galleries:
Annie Laurie’s Antiques, Artisan Gifts, The Artist Studio, The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, The Bar, BLack Door Gallery, Brick Street Gallery, Cup N. Cork, DazSpell Creations, Gallery of Inspiration, Lattitudes, The Painted Wren Gallery, Philanthropy, Renaissance, Social’s Café, Somewhere In Time Antiques, The Tangled Yarn, WESTRAY Studio, Yearning for Yarn, Yoga East Healing Arts Studio

Other First Friday Partners:
Old Town Cape, The Library Bar, Something Blue Photography, StevMark Inc. and The Wright Group


This post was written by guest blogger Murielle Gaither, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri.

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