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The Shawnee News-Star
  • First Friday brings art and art lovers together

  • Friends and art, food and fun. Those were just a few reasons locals attended the rescheduled First Friday on June 8.


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  • Friends and art, food and fun. Those were just a few reasons locals attended the rescheduled First Friday on June 8.
    The monthly event takes place in the 400 block of East Main St. in Shawnee on the first Friday of each month. Artists are invited to take part to show off their work and vendors are invited to provide the food. Free arts and crafts are available for children.
    Downtown Arts Chairwoman Ada Hunter said a lot of people attended the event.
    “It’s a pretty good turnout considering the weather,” she said.
    Dani Turner, who attended, said she heard about it through an email.
    “I thought I’d come and see what it was all about,” she said.
    Turner added that she is looking for to the future of First Fridays.
    “I can’t wait til it gets bigger,” she said.
    Shana Hibler, another attendee, said she came back because she enjoyed the previous First Friday.
    “We enjoyed the first one and we’re looking forward to this one,” she said.
    Hibler said her favorite part is the community painting booth. Every person is welcome to come and add something to this painting, and the painting will be auctioned off at the next event.
    Kristen Wilson came to support a friend who had a booth to sell her art.
    “We should support local artists,” she said. “We’ve got a lot of talent here in Shawnee.”
    Wilson added that she is looking forward to the growth of the art community.
    Hunter, who helped sponsor First Friday, said the event will continue to grow.
    “We’re just continually expanding activities,” she said.
    First Friday July will include an Independence Day celebration, live musicians and more artists and vendors.
    “The community seems to be really excited about this,” Hunter said.

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