The second installment of First Fridays is set from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday in downtown Elkins.
Sponsored by Elkins ON TRAC, First Fridays events are free and open to the public at participating businesses, where guests will find refreshments, live music, local art, in-store specials and perhaps a free glass of wine. Artists at Work, Ceramics with Class, Elkins Sewing Center and the Randolph County Community Arts Center will remain open late this Friday and will offer free events or special promotions.
Artists at Work on Davis Avenue will host a party with live music, wine and refreshments, and an interactive workshop with painter Joy Cooper. Cooper will provide watercolors and supplies for those who would like to paint their own postcard.
"This is a great chance to create your own piece of art while enjoying conversation with local artists," said Cindy Sandeno, president of Artists at Work.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, on the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street, will keep its doors open for a few extra hours Friday to allow the community to view "Nothing but the Blues," a solo exhibition by artist Laurie Goldstein-Warren. "Nothing But the Blues" features 32 paintings of blues artists, including B.B. King, Pinetop Perkins and Taj Mahall. Originally from upstate New York, she has made her home in West Virginia for the last 13 years.
Ceramics with Class also will celebrate Friday with in-store specials, refreshments and a workshop on painting a West Virginia snowman.
"I want to invite folks to come in for a visit and a chance to learn something new," said Elaine Griesel, owner of Ceramics with Class, which is located at 203 Davis Ave.
Beginners or those with experience are invited to the Elkins Sewing Center at 300 Davis Ave. to create an easy sewing project. The project is suitable for ages 8 and up, according to owner Sue Pifer, but youngsters must be accompanied by an adult to participate. Guests can also enjoy refreshments while shopping, Pifer said.
First Fridays are an effort to build community and bring people downtown to mingle with neighbors and friends. For more information or to become involved with First Friday celebrations, anyone interested can contact Carper at firstname.lastname@example.org.