I always look forward to First Fridays, especially last Friday’s because of the nice weather! I cannot think of another time where a February First Friday Gallery Walk was so pleasant. If you missed it, you can still view much of the artwork at the galleries downtown all month long. Here’s a review of my favorite pieces from this First Friday. Click on each image if you’d like to enlarge them.
I started the night at one of my favorite galleries, The Fine Art and Frame Company at 119 W. Oak St. I love this place due to the variation of mediums used, plus the free wine doesn’t hurt!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, artist Susanna Adams was selling homemade heart magnets for four dollars. They are displayed here on this tea pot.
The gallery’s featured artist for the month is Susan Schiesser. She created this beautiful painting called The Absence of Horses in Landscape that is on sale for $6500. It is quite large, taking up most of one of the gallery’s walls.
One of the most unique pieces displayed at the Fine Art and Frame Company was Glass on Copper by Houston Llew. Each can be purchased for $105. These interesting 3D copper blocks offer enough options to suite any art-lovers’ interests.
Another unique piece was this set of blown glass pitchers made by FICO. They are $48 a piece and very dainty.
Up next came the highly-anticipated Lindee Zimmer Light installation at the Downtown Artery on 252 Linden St. I’ve got to say, this was the coolest exhibit ever. Zimmer used prisms scattered all over the room to reflect light, shapes and rainbows onto the walls. It was truly the perfect match of art and physics. It was hard to capture just how fascinating this was over photos, so be sure to go to the gallery to take a look in person. One of the great things about this installation is that viewers are encouraged to play with the prisms to create unique light patterns of their own.
After exiting the Artery and wading through thousands of people waiting to meet Neil Gaiman at Old Firehouse Books, I finally made it to Compass Cider at 216 N. College Ave. This stop isn’t on the traditional gallery walk, but they do have local art hanging throughout the establishment. This month they’re featuring work by Grey Bird Designs. Fall In Play was my favorite of their paintings displayed. You can buy it for $175.
In the back they featured artwork by Whitney Yendra called Aspen Orange. This beautiful acrylic painting sells for $485.
I ended the night at Old Town Art & Framery on 173 N. College Ave. This smaller gallery displayed Blue Horizon by Paul Cunningham. You can purchase this 36×36 inch painting for $2940.
This next piece has a tremendous amount of texture. Fly Falling by Clint Eccher can be purchased for $720 and is 24×30 inches.