April’s First Friday Highlights Local Art and Activities
On April 5, from 5 to 8 pm the community is invited to explore Cortland’s First Friday art night. Sponsored by the Cultural Council of Cortland County, First Fridays are an opportunity to explore and experience local art in thecommunity. Each month various venues around downtown Cortland offer exhibits and activities that are free and open to the public.
“The events are a great excuse for a night out,” notes Kat McCarthy, Executive Director of the Cultural Council. “You can choose to make an evening of it and explore multiple venues, or you can add one stop to your existing Friday night plans.”
Guests at the 1890 House Museum can take the Feared Weird Tour and explore the secrets behind “odd” Victorian customs, like talking with fans, using hatpins as weapons, stuffing dead pets into jars, and some unique parlor games. Nearby at the YWCA Cortland, visitors can experience “Art from the Start,” an exhibit by the Child Development Council featuring works created by children. The art project is an ongoing fundraiser and helps “kids to help kids” by creating art and raising money to help families in need when an emergency requires assistance with childcare expenses. At the Cortland Free Library, an exhibit of works by photographer Jim Weiss will be on display.
Over at the Cortland Corset Building, Magpie Custom Creations and the Cultural Council will be offering an upcycling workshop that demonstrates the basics of refashioning clothing as a lead-up to the ReFashion Cortland show April 20. Additionally, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Instant Artist will be hosting a painting workshop – advanced registration is required for this activity, so interested individuals should plan ahead. While at the building, visitors can also visit Cinch Art Space, which is open until 7 pm, featuring works from over 55 local artisans.
Visit the Cultural Council website or stop by a participating venue to pick-up a map, and then choose your own adventure of what you want to experience this First Friday. For more information, please visit https://www.culturalcouncilofcortlandcounty.org/first-fridays
Additional inquiries may be forwarded to Kat McCarthy, CCCC Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org