Opening Reception, Hope Martin

blue background with pastel drawings of monkey, butterfly, cat, bubble

Join us for the opening reception and artist demonstration during First Fridays in the North Village Arts District!

Hope Martin’s pastel drawings focus on the details — a zoomed in realism to slow the viewer down, to reflect:

“I find inspiration in the small and everyday things: my reflection in a frog’s eye, the patterns on a snail’s shell. They are full of details! They are also far from ordinary if you take the time to really notice them.
I aim, with my art, to give people a reason to slow down. I want them to notice the beauty of the little things that they miss. There is a sense of wonder to be found in those little things.”

First Friday: Photography by Nell Chronister Opening Reception

black and white flyer with photograph at top of building on river's edge

Join us for the opening reception of the Photography of Nell Chronister: “Down by the River” during November’s First Friday, 11/3/17, 6-9pm.

Chronister, a Columbia College student, captures a rural landscape with simultaneous nostalgia and contemporary immediacy. Her intense exposures and framing lead the viewer through her eyes and the camera lens to a solitary landscape filled with resurgent memory.

Light refreshments provided

North Village Arts District — Party on the Roof

Party on the Roof


Join us for casual cocktails on Sunday September 17 from 5-8pm, with food generously provided by The Roof at the Broadway Hotel,

Enjoy great views, great food, and an awesome raffle and art auction in support of First Fridays in the North Village Arts District! Go home with a beautiful piece of art or gifts from local restaurants and shops.

Live music by The Daves and the most awesome Johnny Fox.

Tickets: $20

First Friday CARE Art Gallery

Continuing the tradition of the CARE program’s First Friday Art Gallery! Check out their facebook page for the deets!:

“Please join us for the 2017 CARE Art Gallery final exhibition!

“This show will feature work from the City of Columbia’s CARE Art Gallery. The exhibition runs from August 4-August 25, 2017 at Balsamo Warehouse on 110 Orr Street. A reception will be held on Friday, August 4 from 6-9pm. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

“The City of Columbia’s Career Awareness Related Experience (CARE) program’s goal is for Columbia’s youth to be ready to enter the workforce and become productive, self-sufficient citizens. Since 1982, the CARE program has provided comprehensive services for Columbia’s youth that include:

• job readiness training
• paid real-world hands-on work experience
• mentoring
• career exploration
• money management training

“The CARE program hires 14- to 20-year-olds who live in the City of Columbia, MO and/or attend a Columbia, MO school and places them at local businesses, where they gain much needed real-world hands-on work experience while getting paid. One hundred percent of the trainees’ wages are paid by CARE, which is administered through the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

“The CARE Art Gallery, which began in 2000, serves as a visual arts work site for the CARE program. 14 creative youth are given the opportunity to work as paid artists for eight weeks during the summer. Art Gallery trainees work with and learn from professional artists. They participate in art activities designed to enhance their existing skills and knowledge. Art Gallery trainees learn artistic techniques in a variety of media, and create their own artwork.

The Art Gallery is funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council and the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs.”

Opening Reception: Natasha Chernookaya

Join us for a First Fridays evening of wine, snacks, and the *adorable* illustrations of Natasha Chernookaya at the Balsamo Art Gallery in the North Village Arts District

These feel-good, intimate hand-drawn illustrations combine story-telling and puns, in one-of-a-kind artworks or greeting cards.

Follow Natasha on Instagram @onlyanowl