First Friday Art

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The next First Friday Art is
July 1st, 5-8PM.

First Friday Art is a monthly, community-wide event where dozens of art venues across the city host openings, exhibitions, and happenings.

The event is free and open to anyone.

Most venues are open from 5PM to 8PM, but some are open earlier or later.

Art Map Burlington is the official guide to First Friday Art. Pick up a copy at any participating venue. Enjoy!


1 Nectar’s

Live music venue, restaurant, and bar with monthly exhibits by emerging Burlington artists. Through 8/31/2016: Self-taught Middlesex artist DJ Barry (image below) uses stencils and spray paint, with an infusion of pop culture, to create his work. 188 Main St, (802) 658-4771, Open nightly.

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3 Computers for Change

Laptop refurbishing shop shows by area artists in monthly shows. “nigh(t_ale)*” is experiments with a personal language for sigil making by Nyx Black of Anonymous Muse. 196 College St, (802) 578-9687. Open M-Sat, 9:30-8; Sun, 10:30-6.

7 City Market, Onion River Coop

Open daily 7AM-11PM. Member-artists are showcased in the café seating area. July 2016: Joe Kos, also known as Jaguartiste, presents work with abstract artistic movement. 82 S Winooski Ave, (802) 861-9700.

10 BCA Center

A 5-floor visual arts center promoting excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. 7/1/2016 to 10/1/2016: Taking advantage of the diverse range of artistic practices that visits Vermont each summer through BCA’s Seven Below artist residency program, “Fixed/Fluxed” transforms the BCA Center into a space of constant flux. Three former artists-in-residence were invited back to install, reinstall, add to, reduce or remove their work from the space through the course of the exhibition. Opening during First Friday Art. Meet the artists: Friday, July 22, 5-8. 135 Church St, (802) 865-7166, Open Tues-Thurs & Sun, 11-5; Fri-Sat, 11-8. (image below: Order Entropy by Haisi Hu)

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11 Generator

Generator is a combination of artist studio, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Through 7/31/2016: “Strange Music from Another Room” is Athena Kafantaris’ (image below) installation of massive, performer-operated dolls and puppets made from recycled materials and found & personal objects. 250 Main Street, (802) 540-0761. Mon-Fri, 11-9; Sat-Sun, 11-7.

12 New Moon Café

A community spot since 2007, New Moon Café presents work by Burlington area artists in the dining area. 150 Cherry St, (802) 383-1505 or (802) 383-1496. M-F, 7:30AM-8:30PM; Sun 8AM-8:30PM.

13 Frog Hollow

Showing the works of over 200 juried, Vermont artisans in month-long exhibits. July 2016: To raise funds in support of the newly launched Artisan Grant program, Frog Hollow partnered with WaterWheel, a non-profit, which has donated artwork by James Belizia (image below) to be sold during the exhibit with 100% of proceeds going to this new grant program. Opening reception during First Friday Art. 85 Church St, (802) 863-5458. Hours vary by season.

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15 Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Tea

The walls of this Church Street café are lined with art by Vermont artists whose work deals with Vermont themes. Through 7/31/2016: The staff of Uncommon Grounds present prints, paintings, photography, embroidery and more. Opening reception with staff music show during First Friday Art, starting at 5:30. 42 Church St, (802) 865-6227, Open M-Thurs, 7-9; F, 7-10; Sat, 8-10; Sun, 9-9.

20 City Hall Gallery

Community organizations share their mission through artwork on the main floor. June-July 2016: “Faces From Around the World”–Vermont Commons School students used mediums including storytelling and photography to explore the lives of refugees from Nepal, South Sudan, and Bhutan. Curated by BCA. 149 Church St, (802) 865-7166, M-F, 8:30-4:30.

24 Karma Bird House Gallery

Part of Maglianero Café, space has high ceilings and large windows and hosts a Youth Poetry Slam during each First Friday Art. Through 7/27/2016: Eric K. Eickmann’s portraits invoke the archetype of Woman, addressing the female form with respectful insight to the architecture of sexuality, vulnerability, and the rawness of power. 47 Maple St, (802) 861-3155. M-F, 7-7; Sat-Sun, 8-6.

31 Brickwork Art Studios

Home to 14 artist studios with a shared exhibition space. July 2016: What happens below the surface in the realm of the unconscious? Jennie Kristel’s work involves “finding the essence” of an inner story unfolding. Monoprint encourages spontaneity. Opening during First Friday Art. Artist Demonstration: Saturday, July 9, Noon-3. 266 S Champlain St (enter from parking lot at 277 Pine St), (802) 373-7544. Open for First Friday Art and by appt. (image below by Jennie Kristel)

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32 VCAM/RETN Art Space

Curated by SEABA, showing large-scale 2-D work and installation sculpture with multi-media work presented at their quarterly openings. Through August 2016: “CONFLUENCY: 60 Paintings” by Art Team BillyBob (William Coil and Robert Green). BillyBob has made buildings, gardens, stonework, produced music, designed CD and book covers, mosaic murals, and, in 2014, began a project of producing art as a team. 208 Flynn Ave, #2-G, (802) 651-9692, Open M-F, 10-10, Sat, 10-5. (image below: Winter Solstice, 1915, Bristol, Vermont by BillyBob)

34 S.P.A.C.E.

Home to 15 working artist studios and two main galleries. July 2016: Main Gallery: Paintings by Michele Johnsen and Barbara Nedd speak on their worlds in Vermont and New Hampshire Backspace: Creative Competition is back for the summer! Vote for your favorite. The winning artist gets a cash prize. Opening during First Friday Art, 5-9 (Creative Comp voting, 5-8). 266 Pine St (Soda Plant), (802) 578-2512, Open Weds-Sat, Noon-5.

35 The Tap Room at Switchback Brewing

Sample Switchback brews or grab a pint while enjoying local art in the viewing hallway that also overlooks the bottling line. 7/1/2016 to 7/29/2016: Pam Steeg’s photographs were taken at the 2010 and 2014 Burning Man Festivals, held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert every year around Labor Day. Meet the artist and hear live music by Drunk & In the Woods during First Friday Art.160 Flynn Avenue, (802) 651-4114. Sun-Thurs, 11-7; Fri-Sat, 11-8.

38 Revival Studio

Aaron Stein’s license plate artwork: map sculptures, shadow boxes, photo frames, wine racks, cuffs, house trailers, lamps and ornaments all created out of recycled license plates from all 50 states. 266 Pine St (Soda Plant), (802) 355-4091. Open during First Friday Art and by appointment.

39 E-1 Artists Collective

The E-1 Collective is a living, working, vibrant art studio & workshop whose artists work in painting, sketching, jewelry making, and stained glass. Visitors are welcome to our eclectic diversified workshop. 416 Pine St (behind Speeder & Earl’s).

39 Speaking Volumes

This eclectic second-hand shop is home to a revolving collection of art. 377 Pine St, (802) 540-0107, M, W-Th, 10-5; Fri-Sat, 10-9; Sun, 11-3.

40 SEABA Gallery

Showing art by SEABA members in the gallery and hallways. July-August 2016: Carl Rubino’s “From The Bark Of A Single Tree” features abstract macro photography images, resembling colored pencil drawings, of compositions found on the bark of a tree on a tiny island in the Adirondacks. Opening reception during First Friday Art. 404 Pine St, (802) 859-9222, Open M-F, 9-5.

43 HAVOC Gallery

Abstract contemporary by artists Bruce R. MacDonald, Gordon Auchincloss, Joël Urruty and George Peterson. Large, precise and multi-dimensional. July 2016: Come see Bruce R. MacDonald’s new Fire and Copper collection in “Summer’s Fire”. The oxidized reds, yellows, oranges and hints of green celebrate summer’s return. 27 Sears Lane (next to Greer’s), (800) 639-1868, Open for First Friday, 5-8, Thurs-Fri, 9-5 & by appt.

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48 Burlington Record Plant

This manufacturer of custom vinyl records shows art in its hallway. June-July 2016: The Howard Center Arts Collective and the Bellcate School present their summer show with guest artists Jim Babb Jr., Justin Rounds, and Nate Longchamp. Opening reception during First Friday Art. 660 Pine St #5 (behind Feldman’s Bagels), (802) 540-8188. M-F, 9-6.

65 Magic Hat Artifactory

Beloved local beer factory has a curated space showing art on the tour ramp. Through 8/1/2016: Zelde Grimm is a self-taught artist whose pen & ink illustrations depict whimsical scenes and fairytale-esque creatures. Opening reception during First Friday Art, 5-7. 5 Bartlett Bay Rd, S Burlington, (802) 658-2739 x2014, Open M-Thurs, 10-6, Fri-Sat, 10-7, Sun, 12-5.

Listing an Exhibition

Are you a gallery, art studio, individual artist, or a business that hosts exhibitions of artwork? Then membership to Art Map Burlington is for you. You can sign-up for a single issue or a full year. For more information, call (802) 264-4839 or EMAIL.