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Celebrate the Arts During the July First Friday

Downtown’s independently owned galleries, restaurants and other venues will celebrate Independence Day during the next First Friday art hop

D Patrons can download a discount coupon at www.codecu.org that makes it even less expensive to enjoy many of downtown’s establishments ― most of which have a view of the City of Dayton’s fireworks right outside their doors or on their patios. First Friday will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. July 3 at the following locations:
• Color of Energy Gallery, 16 Brown St.;
• Summer Space, 207 E. Sixth St.;
• Gallery 510 Fine Art, 510 E. Fifth St.;
• Link Gallery, 519 E. Fifth St.;
• Goloka Gallery, 523 E. Fifth St;
• Cannery Art and Design Center, 434 E. Third St.;
• Dayton Visual Arts Center, 118 N. Jefferson St.;
• Sandra’s Art Emporium, 27 S. St. Clair St.;
• Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery, 22 E. Fifth St.
• c{space, 20 N. Jefferson St.; and
• Garden Station, corner of Fourth and Wayne Ave.
Summer Space, a new hub for a variety of arts programs, will host an exhibit of works by the group of emerging artists who have studios in the previously vacant building. Summer Space artists also have been creating work in the streets of the Oregon Arts District and in district establishments, as well as working with local students and established artists. Click here to read a blog chronicling Summer Space.
Another formerly vacant building turned community arts hub, c{space, will host “Penumbra,” a multimedia exhibition of recent work by artists Nicholaus Arnold, Ian Breidenbach, Andy Byers, Will Eagle, Jenn Flick, David Kenworthy, Lisa Miller, Adam Rohr and Frank Travers and featuring a musical performance by Kyle Byrum and complimentary food and drink. Penumbra also will be on display Saturday, July 4, from 5 to 11 p.m.
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Also at c{space, Courteous Mass, Dayton’s urban street cycling ride, will depart at 5:15 p.m. on Friday. Riders should meet at c{space at 5 p.m. for the hour-long ride. For more information, call 937-272-5930 or check “Courteous Mass-Dayton” on Facebook.com.
The following exhibits also will be on display during First Friday in July:
• Gallery 510 Fine Art will feature painting demonstrations throughout the evening by proprietor Loretta Puncer, as well as the “Handmade Show,” featuring art quilts by Cathy Jeffers, hand-dyed wool hooked rugs by Donna Hrkman, raku ceramics by George Armstrong, and jewelry by Sara Cogswell, Trish Jeffers-Zeh and Cecilia Young.
• Color of Energy Gallery will present the first in a series of collaborative works by gallery owner Mike Elsass and local artist and teacher Dani Schmidt. In addition, paintings completed during a recent performance with SMAG Dance Collaborative in which Elsass used dancers as his brushes and Bob Rhoads’ saw-cut board etchings will be on display.
For more on the Oregon Arts District, visit www.oregonartsdistrict.com.
The Dayton Visual Arts Center will host the opening of “Green: The 18th Annual Open Members’ Show,” which celebrates Dayton’s diverse community of visual artists. As First Stop First Friday, DVAC will be open until 8 p.m. For more on DVAC, visit www.daytonvisualarts.org.
The Cannery Art and Design Center will feature the stained glass art of Matt Warvel. For more on the CADC, visit www.canneryarts.com.
Garden Station, an urban community garden and art park, will host bonfires, live music and garden tours and show a movie at dusk.
The Dayton Convention Center Mezzanine Gallery hosts paintings by local artist Clifford Darrett.
A number of area restaurants and taverns will host special events during First Friday. Fifth Street Wine and Deli, 416 E. Fifth St., will host a beer and wine tasting. Therapy Café, 452 E. Third St., will present Eighties Night, featuring DJ Jay spinning ‘80s new wave and some ‘70s disco starting at 9 p.m. In addition, most of the restaurants, retail shops, bars and clubs, Neon Movies, Wiley’s Comedy Club, Urban Krag Climbing Center and other establishments throughout downtown will be open. July 3 also is the opening night for the weekend-long Cityfolk Festival ― held at RiverScape Metro Park and featuring performances by internationally acclaimed music acts, art, food and drink, and much more ― and the City of Dayton’s fireworks, which take place at RiverScape at 10 p.m.
The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Web site, www.downtowndayton.org, has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more.

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