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First Friday: A Night of Art

First Friday: A Night of Art is making a comeback in 2022!

First Friday: A Night of Art is a great opportunity to visit local galleries and businesses featuring rotating artwork. Held the first Friday of each month from 5-8pm (unless otherwise noted), it is a self-guided tour of the participating galleries and businesses.

Friday, September 2nd Events Include:

Block Party and UNC Celebration Night (9th Street Plaza)

Music starts at 6pm | Free Admission | 8th & 9th St. Plaza in Downtown Greeley

The Block Party is back! Join us as we celebrate the coming of the fall season here in beautiful Downtown Greeley. Admission to the Block Party is free for all ages and Downtown Greeley is an official "Go-Cup" zone with the state and people attending the Block Party are free to take their drinks out onto the 9th Street Plaza and in and out of all the participating bars and venues while enjoying the music.

Performing at Block Party this year:

David Ramirez
Graham Good & The Painters
Alysia Kraft
Holdfast.
Co-Stanza
Ben Pu
Danno Simpson
A Brother's Fountain
The Cuddies
Gii Astorga
Magpie The Band
Bryce Evans and The Black Cats

Greeley Game Night at Boomer House (1024 8th Street)

Join them for a big-group social game and a featured artist's reception as part of Downtown Greeley's "First Friday: A Night of Art" event at their very own board game parlor!
The Game: TBA, but it will be along the lines of Two Rooms and a Boom or Werewolf. Age 13 and up only.
The Artist: Julie Dillon shares her artistic images of “Ranch Life”. Her drawings and paintings encompass native wildlife, livestock, and cowboys in their natural settings using vivid colors, big skies, and unique compositions…most including a little bit of whimsy.

Madison & Main Gallery (927 16th Street)

The title of the newest show at the Madison & Main Gallery is “Harvest”. It is meant to inspire artistic creativity around the colors and shapes. The show includes pieces designed specifically for the plants, animals, and colors of autumn, as well as the many events that happen during this time of year. Come into our gallery and experience the new creations we have for you.

The slate of guest artists are Karen Barnett – pastel, Megan Holloway – mixed media figures, Gary Liscum – clay sculptural figures, Tammy McDonald – pottery, Jennifer Suydam – raku, wood fired, pit fired, and horsehair pottery, Ruth Wydeven – pastel and pen/ink with watercolor pencils.

On First Friday, September 2 the gallery will have an Opening Reception from 5-8 pm. Please come and meet the guest artists and gallery artists.

Welcome to our newest members who have recently joined the gallery – Terry Evans - jewelry, Sara Haefeli – sculptural carving, and Deb McCahan - paintings.

The new pieces by gallery artists include oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, photography, mixed media, functional and decorative pottery, mosaic, a wide variety of handmade jewelry, and many more works of art. The members of the gallery invite you to join them for this autumn inspired show that runs from August 30 through October 28, 2022.

Syntax Distillery & Cocktail Bar (700 6th Street) - 6-9pm

Gilles Roussel came to Houston in 1996 from France. He worked at one of the most prestigious hair salons in Houston at that time as a stylist for men. From a young age, Gilles has alway been very creative and gifted with his hands. He has always liked to create something from nothing. He also believes that he can do anything if he puts his mind to it. Then, Gilles discovered YouTube! He started to build and fix everything with the help of YouTube, from fixing a dishwasher to remodeling a bathroom to building a motorcycle and everything else he could find. YouTube became the solution to every problem he ran into. One day, Gilles became amazed as he watched street artists creating beautiful space paintings with spray paint on poster boards in just 10 minutes. Sure enough, Gilles turned to YouTube and learned the art of spray paint in no time. As a motorcycle racer enthusiast, Gilles had many motorcycle engine parts laying around the garage, and he decided to combine motorcycle parts and spray painting. The result was not convincing at first, but after much trial and error, something very original came out.

While showing his different painting style around, two artists named Mary Lacroix and Larry Bailey, who had been in the art business for a long time, told him that this style and technique was something completely new and clever and that he needed to develop and master it.

Gilles has been incorporating gears into his paintings for the past 10 years, and the reaction from people has been overwhelmingly positive. Gilles sold out at his introductory show in Houston in the fall of 2018. Collectors believe that “Gilles Roussel’s paintings are genius, clever, and unique.” Gilles likes incorporating other media as well, such as pastel and charcoal.