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Blue Ribbon Show Highlights Visalia’s First Fridays Art Tour

Visalia’s First Fridays Art Tour, produced by the Arts Council of Tulare County and coordinated by Jason Hopper, is Friday in downtown Visalia.


The evening’s event is a self-guided walking exploration of art stops at cultural downtown venues between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.


Highlighting the tour is an artists’ reception for the Annual Blue Ribbon Art Show at the Visalia Convention Center between 6 and 8 p.m. The show’s made up entirely of first-place pieces from this year’s Tulare County Fair.


During the reception, attendees will be serenaded by the music of 3’s a Crowd, featuring vocalist Rosalinda Verde, Kriss DiMeco and Brad Gong.


If you’re looking for that special holiday gift, you just might find it on the tour among the bevy of artists and locations.


Montgomery Square will host a collection of artists with items ranging from ceramics, gourd art, prints, photographs, dance classes/lessons, sculpture, drawings, metal-works, hand-made jewelry and novelties to that special painting. Suffice it to say, there is just about something for everyone.


The “Off the Beaten Path” section of the map caters to places that go beyond the tour’s scope — earlier or later hours, 21 and older venues, outside the downtown area, etc., yet run concurrently.


The tour — which runs the first Friday of each month — is made possible thanks to funding from the Downtown Visalia Alliance, the city of Visalia’s Community Arts Grant Program with assistance from the California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Catering to art enthusiasts, a few stops will feature not only artwork for sale, but the artists themselves, with selective stops hosting receptions. Each location — within walking distance of each other — has tour maps available.


Published in Visalia Times-Delta.

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