Thomas Merton, a writer, theologian, poet and social activist, once said, "Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
Wherever art is in your life, the ambassadors of the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to beautiful downtown Cedaredge to find -- or lose -- yourself at this week's First Friday Art Walk, Aug. 4, from 4 p.m. to dusk. The art walk takes place on Main Street and at the AppleShed.
First Friday Art Walk is a monthly, self-guided walking tour of art and artists demonstrations. Each month, participating venues offer free activities involving local artists, musicians and food and drink specials. The goal of First Friday Art Walk is to showcase local talent while supporting local businesses in downtown.
At the August Art Walk, the staff of the Cedaredge United Methodist Church Thrift Store invites children to create sidewalk chalk drawings. Mr. Yo-Yo will be at the store, too, teaching some fantastic yo-yo tricks! The store will also host a pianist, who'll lead attendees in a community sing.
At Impressionz Gallery, Artist of the Month Susan Jochum will have on display her breathtaking landscape and portraits paintings. Impressionz is also hosting local singer Anna St. Peter, who will serenade the crowd. Larry Naslund with The Winery at Cedars Farm will be there too, pouring samples of his delicious wines.
Don't forget to stop by the AppleShed, which will host artists Ron Henry and Connie Williams, both of whom will be showcasing and demonstrating their talents in painting. At Stacy's on Main, not only can you get a tasty coffee drink -- in and of itself art in a cup -- but you can see the amazing works of photographer Trey Gronenthal and speak to him about his craft.
Vision Charter Academy is sponsoring a free Kidz Korner Kraft area on the patio at the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce. Kids are invited to come paint and do some cool science experiments. School staff will be on hand, too, if parents want to learn more about the individualized, parent- and student-guided education experience offered through Vision Charter Academy.
New this month will be an open mic portion of the evening. Authors, poets, singers/songwriters and other performance artists are invited to share their talents at the open mic. Please keep your material family-friendly and appropriate.
Are you an artist who wants to showcase your talents and wares at the First Friday Art Walk? We invite you to come paint, throw pottery, recite poetry, read from your new book, quilt, make jewelry -- whatever creative art or craft you make, we want to help you showcase it! The event is FREE for artists of all kinds (performance, spoken, word, display). There is still room for artists to participate. Call 970-856-6961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more info.
Stay connected with First Friday Art Walk on Facebook @FFAWCedaredge. Use hashtags to find posts or photos on social media using the tag #FirstFridayCedaredge. The next and final event of the year will be Friday, Sept. 1.