First Friday

Once a month we have the pleasure of wandering through more than 10 venues in Peoria. First Friday opens the doors of studios and erupts with fantastic artists and artwork. This First Friday was girls night out with my sister and youngest daughter. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, seeing familiar artists and meeting new ones.

Our first stop of the night was to Glazed and Confused to see Cyndi and Jeff. The two artists worked clay on the wheel and shared their current works with visitors. Definitely worth the stop. Great company, great work and the snacks are pretty good too. A fabulous place.

Studios on Sheridan has an exhibit gallery full of landscape and charcoal drawings. The pieces draw you in and calm you as you view. Carrie shared her work this evening as well. Beauty abounds. More than ten artists have their studios here and have masterful work in display. Each door opens to a new world to view and experience. An abundance of wonderful works. Live music fills the building and sets the mood.

CAC was the next on our tour and we saw familiar faces and admired the work. The exhibit gallery exhibits fantastic pottery. We took our time wandering and viewing the works. Chatted with a few artists and shared a few laughs. Always a great stop in the tour. The work speaks for itself. Fantastic.

Casa de Arte was a special treat this evening. We were able to see Tanya and view her beautiful works. She is a dear friend and we have missed her face so much. It was wonderful to visit with her and see her new works and favorite pieces on display. Congratulations to Tanya on her fabulous exhibit! Casa de Arte is a welcoming spot on the tour. The smells make your mouth water and the art inspires. Thank you for being a part of the tour.

The Mill had one of our favorites Gene-o showing how to bend metal. He enjoys sharing his skill with visitors. Jacob was in the middle of a sculpting class as we wandered though his works. We also found painting to music in the next room. Fabulous viewings and participation at The Mill.

Our evening ended at Sugar to share our favorite moments of the evening and glorious pizza. Thank you to all the artists and coordinators of First Friday. We continue to enjoy the tour and the works of art. It is our hope we also remember many artists have regular studio hours and are worth the trip. Still others offer classes to share their passion with others.

Thank you for spending your time with us today as we share our night of art. Until next time, keep dreaming and keep creating.


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