First Friday in April

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Art by Hillary Brown on display at River City Cafe and Espresso during First Friday in April.

Downtown will host numerous First Friday’s next week. All First Friday’s are from 5-8PM unless otherwise stated. While there are no doubt going to be several other First Friday’s at venues not yet listed, this is what we know about as of Monday, April 3. So, what can you look forward to on First Friday, April 7?

  • Two Street Gallery celebrates their fifth year in business! Two Street Gallery artists invite you to raise a glass and sample tasty refreshments to honor their Fifth Anniversary.
  • The Fairbanks Arts Association features their Spring Juried Exhibition Convergence from 5-7PM inside the Bear Gallery. Artist Joel Isaak is the juror for the show. This year’s theme is “Convergence” – see what pieces (from painting to woodcarving to ceramics) Isaak selected for the exhibit. Read more about the event here.RSVP
  • The Fairbanks Children’s Museum will host another Parent’s Night Out! Kids will enjoy a pizza dinner and playtime with museum educators! Drop-offs are at 5:30 pm and pick up is no later than 8:00 pm. Cost is $20/child ($5 discount for siblings/Museum Member families). Children must be 4 years or older and need to be able to use the restroom independently. Space is limited and pre-registration is required! – RSVP
  • If Only features the work of Anchor Point decorative artist Josephine Moussette Rice. Choose from many Alaskan flower designs on votive holders and ornaments. 
  • The Fairbanks Community & Dog Mushing Museum features an event honoring the Yukon 800. The museum will show the film Legends of the Yukon at 6:30 and 7:30. DVD’s will be available and 35% of all proceeds will be donated to the Fairbanks Outboard Association and the race.
  • River City Café & Espresso hosts Hillary Brown and her debut First Friday show NAYCHA (and its Wunduhs). Brown is a Fairbanks based artist and illustrator who works in a variety of mediums. Her imagery and inspiration comes from the natural world and its creatures, but almost never literally. Read more about the event here.
  • Alaskana Raven Books & Things highlights Alaskan author Laurie Robertson for First Friday. Robertson is available to sign her latest book: Crossing at Sweet Grass.
  • The Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center features Fairbanks woodworking artists Steve Ratzlaff and John Unruh. Both create utilitarian art that reveals the beauty and complex patterns in the wood from our own backyard. Read more about the event here.RSVP
  • This will be the first First Friday for Woven Sylver in their new shop! They’ll celebrate the art and culture of Egypt. Their featured artist will be Benjamin Tompkins and his beautifully painted statuary. Refreshments will be provided. The event runs from 5-9PM. – RSVP
  • Bad Mother Vintage will host local photographer Wayne Jex from 5-7PM.
  • Join the crew at Vivid Beauty for their April First Friday event featuring artist Daniella Rowe! This is slated to be Rowe’s First Friday debut! – RSVP
  • The Fairbanks Watercolor Society hosts its 18th annual art show at Well Street Art Gallery! This year the exhibit will feature more than thirty paintings. Read more about the event here.RSVP
  • Venue hosts Mary Watson and her show “Vegetative State” which includes pottery and paintings inspired by vegetables and fruit. There will be light appetizers, HooDoo on tap and the coffee bar will be open. This show runs from 5-9PM.
  • Sand Castle – the official house band of McCafferty’s – perform contemporary folk, rock and retro pop every Friday and Saturday night from 8:30 – 10:30PM.