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First Friday Art Walk

Food, Fashion, Friends, and Art!

Don’t let the hot, dry days of summer get you down! Drink deeply from the cool, refreshing fountain of creativity that is First Friday Art Walk 6-10 p.m. Aug. 3 in 24 participating venues. The First Friday excitement begins in the afternoon with the 4th Annual Bloody Battleof the Bands at JordanValleyPark, a contest for life savers and music makers in support of CommunityBloodCenter of the Ozarks. The area’s best teen bands will compete for the grand prize: eight hours of recording studio time at Studio 2100. Concertgoers will vote for their favorite bands and for the brand new category of solo singer/songwriter. Each band set is 20 minutes; solo sets, in between bands, are 8 to 10 minutes. Only those who register to donate blood can vote. One band will triumph … but hundreds of lives will be saved in the Ozarks. Every blood drive participant gets a free T-shirt, food, a swag bag with 2-for-1 entry into the Skinny Improv and 1984, entry into several raffles, and a free concert! The blood drive begins at 2 p.m.; bands start at 3; the event ends at 8. Be sure to stop in as you visit nearby Art Walk venues The CreameryArtsCenter and UniversityPlaza!

Art Walk also welcomes a brand new member, Art Inspired, at 310 S. Campbell, adjoining Springfield Hot Glass Studio. Art Inspired is a document disposal and paper recycling business that turns paper pulp into art and other marketable items. Art Inspired debuts on the Art Walk Aug. 3 with Know Me for My Ability, featuring works by local artists with disabilities. Be sure to welcome Art Inspired to the Downtown Arts District!


* ABUNDANT LIFECOVENANT CHURCH presentsPhotographer Nate Sims’ Standing in Awe and Tyler Thrasher’s anime graphic novel project, Ignoxyl

* FRESH GALLERY showcases The Craftsmanship of Carl Huser and The Fine Art of Debbie Reed in August

* RANDY BACON PHOTOGRAPHY presents an art exhibit by Evangel Art Professor David Bigelow

* REVEL ADVERTISING presents Gavyn Sky’s new exhibit, Evolution REVELution, plus summer cocktails provided by Crown Valley Winery

* SPRINGFIELD HOTGLASS STUDIO features the metal sculptures of Local Artist Nick Willet

* TAGMEDIA and UNIVERSITY PLAZA team up for Art Walk Live!


The Downtown Y offers affordable child care for Art Walking parents via Family Art Night, serving ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. for only $10 per child with preregistration; $13 without preregistration. Kids enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home. Call (417) 862-8962, ext. 149, for information or to preregister.