First Friday coming up this week!

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By Elizabeth Lanier

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“It’s baaaaaaaack!!” The Madison Artists Guild invites everyone to come celebrate First Friday with them on Friday, July 7 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. According to the Madison Artists Guild’s Facebook page, there will not only be artwork to look at, but music and food to enjoy as well: “Come and enjoy the music of The Swamp Daisies playing country, folk, bluegrass, and original written songs. Bring your friends, nibble on scrumptious hors d’oeuvres made by our members as you take an ‘artventure’ through our newly refreshed MAGallery. Food, fun, and fabulous art all in one place!”

According to the Madison Artists Guild’s website, “The Madison Artists Guild was founded in 1985 by a handful of talented local artists who enjoyed getting together to work, socialize, and share ideas. Since then we’ve grown to more than 150 members and managed to remain a grassroots organization with a diverse, inclusive, and informal character.” It is a nonprofit organization and members include painters, photographers, graphic artists and illustrators, writers, poets, woodworkers, carvers, jewelry makers, musicians, potters, fabric artists, faux finishers, gardeners, and food artisans. However, the organization welcomes anyone who loves and appreciates art to become a member as well!

This event will feature artwork by Alice Lee Andreottola, Fred Veal, Karen Strelecki, McKinlie Ramsey, and Amy Pieroni. The art on display will be a variation of everything, according to Madison Artist Guild member, Kiki Pollard. She also went on to explain that “the pottery show will still be on display, and we have rearranged the gallery so attendees can see the new look. We divided the gallery into sections to showcase the art better.”

As for the coming months, the citizens of Madison can expect another featured artist show on August 11. This event will display the work of Carol Lindquist, an artist located in Greensboro. The name of the display is “From a Different Perspective” which represents Lindquist’s recent experiments with different mediums. Lindquist’s bio on Fine Art America, explains her recent experimenting, “Watercolor was my first medium. I’m very interested in mixed media and texture now. I do a lot of experimenting with dryer lint, house paint, paper and other found things of interest. My latest interest is in oil painting.”

More information about the upcoming show in August will be announced closer to the time of the event. The Madison Artists Guild has a lot to look forward to in the coming months and encourages everyone in the community to come and be a part of their “artventures”!

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