Longtime residents of Twin Falls may remember that the Magic Valley Arts Council was originally located in downtown Twin Falls, in the Main Street Plaza. As such, they were original participants of “First Friday”. Carolyn White, Executive Director of the Magic Valley Arts Council reminisced about the old days when people would visit Rudy’s for a while, and then stroll down to the Arts Council event to look at the art and visit with the artist.
In June of 2016, Design 125 held our first “First Friday” event in conjunction with the Full Moon Gallery of the Magic Valley Arts Council. We had representative pieces from all eighteen of the gallery artists: Joyce Deford, Paula Dodd, Rosi Eckert, Neva Edwards, Geri Feustel, Gloria Hann, Rick Kuhn, Roy Mason, Barbara Michener, Jan Mittleider, Betsy Morishita, Connie Pepper, Paula Brown Sinclair, Corinne Slusser, Leon Smith, Bud Starr, Bev Stone, and Monica Yamamoto-Hoffman. The weather was delightful and we served homemade dessert and lemonade. We were pleased to see many patrons of the arts browsing through our store.
Neva Edwards, Rick Kuhn, Jan Mittleider, Corrine Slusser, and Leon Smith were in attendance and many guests were pleased to meet and visit with the artists. We had a lovely selection of jewelry, pottery, cards, prints, photography and paintings. Rick and Leon had both done paintings of downtown, and it was especially cool to see each painting with the original in the background.
I want to send out a special Thank You to Jan Mittleider who dreamed up this partnership between Design 125 and the Full Moon Gallery. I have been a board member of the Magic Valley Arts Council for over 3 years. I am happy to promote the arts in Twin Falls, and in particular in downtown Twin. I truly hope that this is the beginning of a long collaboration!
Because of the Fourth of July holiday, there is no July First Friday. We do plan to resume on August 5, from 6 to 8:30 pm. We are already making plans for August and between Jan, Carolyn, and the artists, plus myself, we plan to make this one even better!