March 1, 2013

First Friday (Mar 1, 2013)

First Friday is a monthly event held in downtown Bastrop on the first Friday of every month to celebrate Bastrop's thriving art scene. This month, First Friday will be held on Mar. 1st, from 5-8pm. Many downtown businesses, restaurants, and shops will stay open late, and there will be live music, refreshments, and local artwork throughout the downtown area.

There will also be a Group Art Show and Reception at the Bastrop Fine Arts Guild, located at 1009 Main Street, from 6-8pm, with a spotlight on photography titled “Places We Have Been,” which offers a glimpse into the art of 19 different photographers.

In a slight twist on the average art show, each piece is accompanied by a story submitted by the artist who shot the photo. “We wanted the show to be different. And we wanted visitors to the show to gain an understanding of what the pictures mean to the artists, and what inspired them to photograph a particular subject,” said Karol Rice, who is chairing the group show. “We are very fortunate to have so much artistic talent in our community,” continued Rice. “This exhibit is a great opportunity to see work by people with different levels of photography experience, including several award-winning and internationally acclaimed photographers.”

Photographic artists whose work will be on view are (in alphabetical order): Michelle Adams, Craig Barras, Bob Barnett, Donna Cunningham, Gretchen Deuble, Dell Faubus, S. Michael Giblin, Dennis Litman, Kittie Lloyd-Woodard, Jane Hunt, C.J. Jordan, Carol Lyon, Kevin McDonald, Jerry Mohme, Karol Rice, Rebekah Strachn, Casey Willis, John Woodward and Jean Zurow.

"Street Life" by Gretchen Deuble
"Celtic Colors" by S. Michael Giblin
"Trees on Main" by Jane Hunt

As an added bonus, the First United Methodist Church of Bastrop is hosting Parents Night Out during First Friday!!! They will have games, snacks, movies, and more. Friday, Mar. 1st, 6-10pm at 1201 Main Street in Bastrop. Children ages 0–7. $10 for the first child and $5 for each additional sibling. Call (512) 321-2201 to reserve your space.

Here's the line-up for the First Friday Art Walk. You can pick up ballots at any of the locations, and vote for your favorite artist!
  • Art Connections Gallery- Robin McDonald, wood working; music by Michael Austin
  • Just Bead It- Maria Hohenstein, mixed media mosaic
  • Bastrop Bling and Company- Kathy Holter, paintings
  • Baxters on Main- Lynn Scherbarth Mills, various mediums 
  • High Cotton- Joycelyn Schedler, paintings
  • Cripple Creek and Company- Bekah Strachn, photographs
  • Oh Wow- Vicky Balcou, paintings and drawings
  • Liberty Glenn- Pamela La Due, paintings
  • Bastrop Silversmith and Goldsmith (Austin Gems)- Papy Wilks, wood carving
  • Lark- Russell Smith and Barbara Samuelson, jewelry
  • Deli Depot- Jo Watts, various mediums
  • Lost Pines Art Bazaar- Jeanette & Mickey Condray, paintings and woodwork
  • Old Town Postal Depot- Genny Smith, ledger art
  • R.A. Green Mercantile- Elizabeth Sullivan, paintings
  • Bastrop Fine Art Guild- group show

For more information about the Live Music going on during First Friday, check out the Live Music This Weekend post.

"Desert Run" by Elizabeth Sullivan

"Baby Jays" by Pam La Due

"Tree" by Jeanette Condray

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