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!
ART ON VIEW: May 2016
Live music venue, restaurant, and bar with monthly exhibits by emerging Burlington artists. Through 5/31/2016: Scott King’s works on birch plywood with paint markers, spray paint and acrylic. King keeps his decisions bold while working layer upon layer. 188 Main St, (802) 658-4771, Open nightly.
3 Computers for Change
Laptop refurbishing shop shows work curated by Boutilier’s Art Center. 196 College St, (802) 578-9687. Open M-Sat, 9:30-8; Sun, 10:30-6
7 City Market, Onion River Co-op
Open daily 7AM-11PM. Member-artists are showcased in the café seating area. 5/3/2016 to 5/31/2016: Bryan Briscoe’s “Basketry Arts” paintings and drawings in watercolors and acrylics. 82 S Winooski Ave, (802) 861-9700.
9 Artspace 106 at the Men’s Room
Salon featuring a dedicated gallery space with rotating exhibits focused on eclectic and bold work. 5/6/2016 to 7/31/2016: “Color at Play” is Joan H B Murray’s series of abstract acrylic paintings on canvas (image above). Opening reception during First Friday Art. 106 Main St, (802) 864-2088. Open Tues-Thurs, 10-7; Fri-Sat, 10-5.
10 BCA Center
A 5-floor visual arts center. Through 6/18/2016: 1st Floor: sculpture by Cal Lane; 2nd Floor: 2015 Barbara Smail Award Winner Clark Derbes; VT Metro Gallery: Nissa Kauppila & Erika Lawlor Schmidt: “Under The Influence”. 135 Church St, (802) 865-7166. Open Tues-Thurs, 11-5; Fri-Sat, 11-8. (image: What Do You Mean? by Clark Derbes. Image by RL Photo)
A combination of artist studio, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection of art, science, and technology. Through 5/31/2016: “Strange Music from Another Room” is Athena Kafantaris’ 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 College students. 5/1/2016 to 6/30/2016: Photographer Amanda Lass presents “Altitude”, a series of mountain ranges from Ecuador to Mt. Hood to Mt. Mansfield. 150 Cherry St. (802) 383-1505 or (802) 383-1496. M-F, 7:30am-8:30pm; Sun, 8am-8:30pm. (image: photograph by Amanda Lass, 28″x19″)
13 Frog Hollow
Showing the works of over 200 juried, Vermont artisans. May 2016: “The Art of Fly Fishing” in support of Project Healing Waters presents an array of fly fishing-themed artwork and paraphernalia. Opening reception during First Friday Art. 85 Church St, (802) 863-5458. Hours vary by season.
14 Abstractions Gallery
Showing the work of internationally-known Burlington artist Stephen Zeigfinger. Artists and art lovers are invited to meet and socialize in his studio-gallery on the upper level of the Burlington Town Center, next to American Eagle Outfitters. 49 Church St, (802) 363-0623. Open M-Sat 10-8; Sun 11-5.
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. 5/1/2016 to 7/31/2016: The staff of Uncommon Grounds present prints, paintings, photography, embroidery and more. 42 Church St, (802) 865-6227, Open M-Thurs, 7-9; F, 7-10; Sat, 8-10; Sun, 9-9.
19 New City Galerie
Connecting Burlington’s emerging artists with emerging patrons of the arts. 5/6/2016 to 7/26/2016: “Exaltations: Grassroots & Vernacular Art” brings together work by self-taught artists from the collections of Jennifer Koch, Gregg Blasdel, William L. Ellis & Julie Coffey. Opening and Curator’s Talk by co-curator William L. Ellis during First Friday Art. 132 Church St, (802) 355-5440, Open Tues-Fri 11-5. (image: Face by Ed Root (4″x3.5″; concrete and glass shards; 1970s))
20 City Hall Gallery
Community organizations share their mission through artwork on the main floor. 5/2/2016 to 5/31/2016: For “Wish Kid Art Project”, children with life-threatening conditions painted their favorite memory from the wish they received from Make-A-Wish Vermont. Opening reception: Wednesday, May 4, 4:30-6:30. 149 Church St, (802) 865-7166, M-F, 8:30-4:30.
23 Art’s Alive Gallery at Main Street Landing
Dedicated to increasing awareness and appreciation of Vermont visual artists. May 2016: 36th Annual Chittenden County Senior Art Show with work from 6 area high schools. Closing Reception: Tuesday, May 31, 6-7PM. Curated by SEABA. 1 Main St, (802) 859-9222, M-F, 8-3; Sat-Sun, by appointment. (image: Isabel Dunkley)
24 Karma Bird House Gallery
Part of Maglianero Café, hosting a Youth Poetry Slam during each First Friday Art. Through 5/17/2016: Polish artist Ola Carson’s series “No.” features drawings where “no” is a key word, but each one tells a unique story. 47 Maple St, (802) 861-3155. M-F, 7-7; Sat-Sun, 8-5.
27 Rose Street Artists’ Cooperative Gallery
Rose Street provides perpetually affordable living and studio space for artists. First Friday Art, 5:30-7:30: Rock Point School’s “The Road Less Traveled: 16th Annual Art Show” is artwork made by the students during the 2015-16 school year and by alumnus Austin Scrivens, class of ’08 (image above). Each student has at least one piece. 78 Rose St, (802) 540-0376. Open for First Friday Art and by appt.
29 ONE Arts Center
ONE Arts Center is a community art center in the Old North End. May 2016: Fay Stanford’s “Modern Maturity” investigates old, old age by poking at it with a long stick called art making. Opening reception and whiskey & cheese pairing during First Friday Art, 6-9PM. 72 N Champlain St. Open Sat-Sun, noon-5.
30 Champlain College Gallery
Presenting art by students, artists-in-residence, faculty and invitees in a variety of exhibitions and settings during the school year. 5/2/2016 to 5/23/2016: Senior Film Capstone in the CCM Hallways. 5/9/2016 to 5/23/2016: MFA Thesis Show. Opening reception: Monday, May 9, 5-7. 375 Maple Street (Hauke Family Center, 2nd Floor), (802) 860-2700, M-F, 10-5.
31 Brickwork Art Studios
Home to 14 artist studios with a shared exhibition space. 5/6/2016 to 5/29/2016: “Souls whisper, souls shout” is figurative drawings and oil paintings by Holly Hauxjeffers. Opening during First Friday Art, 5-9. Artist demonstration: Saturday, May 7, 1-2 (gallery open Noon-3). 266 S Champlain St, (802) 373-7544. Open for First Friday Art and by appointment. (image: She Is the Sky)
32 VCAM/RETN Art Space
Curated by SEABA, showing large-scale 2-D work and installation art. Through 5/31/2016: Defying the marginalization and isolation of mental illness, Tom Merwin and the Artists of Forty Seven Main Street present poetry and painting in “The Effects of Bird Song on Strata”. 208 Flynn Ave, #2-G, (802) 651-9692, Open M-F, 10-10, Sat, 10-5.
Home to 15 working artist studios and two main galleries. 5/6/2016 to 5/28/2016: Kristen Watson’s “Digital Immigrant” is a multi-sensory mixed media installation exploring the transition from analog to digital life. (image above: Eat Your Media, 2016) Jeff Bruno’s “News from Nowhere” is disposable, temporary, unarchivable mixed media work. Opening during First Friday Art, 5-9. 266 Pine St (Soda Plant), (802) 578-2512, Open Thurs-Sat, Noon-5.
35 The Tap Room at Switchback Brewing
Sample Switchback brews or grab a pint while enjoying art in the hallway that overlooks the bottling line. 5/6/2016 to 6/30/2016: Essex Junction artist Lorraine Zaloom’s drawings and paintings, “Woof”. Artist reception during First Friday Art with live music by Dave Richardson, 6-8. 160 Flynn Avenue, (802) 651-4114. Sun-Thurs, 11-7; Fri-Sat, 11-8. (image: Roo 2)
36 EP Salon
EP Salon is a gallery space and workshop with a mission to bridge creative communities across discipline and locality. 5/6/2016 to 5/8/2016: “Extended Play: Poetry Brothel” includes Genese Grill’s installation Amandal Grimoire. Poetry reading during First Friday Art. Punk Rock Flea Market: Saturday, May 22, Noon-4 in conjunction with The BTV Flea. 180 Flynn Ave (next to Vintage Inspired), (617) 780-7701, Open for First Friday Art, 5-9; Thurs-Sat, 11-6; Sun, 12-5; by appt.
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 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.
41 Dostie Bros. Frame Shop
A custom picture framing workshop that features monthly exhibitions. 5/2/2016 through 6/30/2016: Photographer Jeffrey Trubisz’ “On the Trail Photography” records the artist’s 35 years immersed in the natural world. Artist Reception during First Friday Art. 308 Pine St #101, (802) 660-9005. Mon-Sat, 10-5. (image: Long Trail)
42 Speeder & Earl’s
Venerable coffeehouse shows South End Arts District artists curated by SEABA. Through 5/31/2016: Sienna Fontaine’s energetic mixed-media renderings of bodies in action comprised of walnut ink, marker, acrylic paints, spray paint, and stencil work. 412 Pine St, (802) 658-7016, M-F 6:30-6, Sat-Sun, 8-5.
43 HAVOC Gallery
Abstract contemporary by Bruce R. MacDonald, Gordon Auchincloss, Joël Urruty and George Peterson. May 2016: “Super Elements” are the last 10 in the “Visible Indivisibles Project” of 22″ light sculpture squares by Bruce R. MacDonald. 27 Sears Lane (next to Greer’s), (800) 639-1868, Open for First Friday, 5-8, Thurs-Fri, 9-5 & by appointment.
44 Alchemy Jewelry Arts Gallery
Co-operative of designer goldsmiths fuse artistic expression, elegant design, and exquisite artisanship, featuring sculpture by Timothy Grannis. 2 Howard St #1A, First Friday Art ’til 7, F-Sat 10-5 and by appt.
50 Dudley H. Davis Center
Artwork is displayed on all four floors during the academic year: Through 5/24/2016: UVM Senior Art Show. Opening reception: Friday, May 13, 5-7. UVM Campus, Hours vary by semesters.