Fairbury’s First Friday Art Walk is planned for Friday, September 6th in downtown Fairbury. Beginning at 5 p.m., galleries and shops will be open to visitors showcasing the works of local artists, including Jefferson County Art Guild, New Earth Clay Pottery, Sims Florist & Gifts, Main Street Center and Stagecoach Mall Antiques & Tasting Room. Punch cards will be available at each stop giving art walk attendees a chance to win prizes for visiting all five stops.
Fairbury High School Art Students under the direction of Connie Schouboe will be creating works of art on the sidewalks downtown along the path of the September Art Walk. On Thursday and Friday afternoon, Sept 5th & 6th, students will be working on chalking the sidewalks, giving art walk participants a new art form to enjoy between stops.
Jefferson County Art Guild located at 520 5th street, across from the Campbell Bros Circus Mural, will feature a selection of Helen Madrid’s photos of wildlife at Fairbury’s Crystal Springs Park. According to Madrid, “I love the small town feeling of Fairbury and I especially love the park, Crystal Springs has more wildlife than I have ever seen in one place. I became a bird watcher very quickly and the migrations are fantastic. I look forward to sharing a few of the thousands of photos I have taken there.”
New Earth Clay Pottery will feature the works of Cindy Chinn of Chester. While perhaps most noted for her paintings, Chinn will be showing a selection of her ceramic works. Chinn’s works will be on display at New Earth Clay Pottery for the entire month of September.
New to the Art Walk for September is Sims Florist & Gifts, located on the south side of the Square. Sims Florist & Gifts features many handcrafted gift items and will be offering refreshments and special discounts throughout the store. According to owner Nicole Grummert, “We’re so much more than flowers. We have a large selection of gifts and home décor and we are excited about participating in the Art Walk.”
Main Street Center is located at 5th & E Streets, will be open and feature the works of Cory Carstens, owner of Art Gone Haywire of Fairbury. Started in 2012, Carstens designs handcrafted pieces made from haywire/softwire, copper and other metals, then decorated with paint, beads, gems and/or rocks. “There is such joy found in creating that perfect piece for someone that once I found it, I was hooked!” according to Carstens. Popcorn and tie-dyed Bonham Theatre Project t-shirts by Ben’s Tie Dye Creations will also be available. Visitors to Main Street Center during the Art Walk will be entertained by local musician David Hunt, who will be singing and playing guitar.
The Tasting Room located inside Stagecoach Mall Antiques features a century-old style brick wall and massive limestone fireplace carved entirely of concrete, created by artist, Thom Hunt. The Tasting Room will host a wine tasting featuring wines from WunderRosa Winery, located just south of Lincoln, NE. A selection of hors d’oeuvres paired with the wines will be provided by Chef Bob Albrecht, owner of Old Bank Coffee Shop in Nelson, NE. Live music featuring “An Evening – A Tribute To John Denver” will be entertaining guests from 6 -9 p.m. Tickets are $10 which includes a flight of 5 wines and are available online at www.Fairbury.com or by calling 402.613.2063.
Fairbury First Friday events are scheduled for the first Friday of each month and information on upcoming events can be found by logging on to www.FairburyFirstFriday.com.
(See ad in Aug. 28 Hebron Journal-Register)