It’s the first First Friday of 2022

Suzanne CadaDowntown, Our Town Arts

Check the road conditions before heading out, but tomorrow, Jan. 7, is First Friday at The Emporium Center from 5-9 p.m. New exhibitions will be on display until Jan. 30.

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission is partnering with the Arts & Culture Alliance to provide this seventh annual juried exhibition developed to recognize local artists and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The exhibit features works by 24 artists who reflect the themes of Unity, Community, Love, Reconciliation, Social Justice and Civil Rights. The artists include:

Aad Berlijn, Linda Blair, Bill Capshaw, Elle Colquitt, Tina Curry, Yvonne Dalschen, Anthony Donaldson, Susana Esrequis, Diana Ferguson, Perry Flanagan, Elena Ganusova, Alan Jones, Chuck Jones, Robi Keylon, Bonnie Licata, Brian Melton, Sylvia Milanez, Carolyn Moore, Mary Nietling, Mary Ruden, Tracye Sowders, Terri Swaggerty, Rae Taylor and Lyndsey Ullom.

The MLK Gallery of Arts Tribute exhibition will kick-off the 2022 celebrations from January 12-17 and other dates throughout the year. For more information, go here.

First Friday happenings are detailed at here, including exhibitions, music, performances, culinary arts, public art, and more. Be on the lookout for the ArtWalk flags outside of participating downtown First Friday venues.

For info on other local events, contact the Arts & Culture Alliance.

Suzanne Cada is deputy director of the Arts & Culture Alliance.

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