One of the most popular art shows of the year is here! This Fourth Friday, the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County opens Public Works!, an exhibition sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Works Commission. The Arts Council building at 301 Hay St., will be bursting at the seams with works of art from around the region. All two-and three-dimensional art will be displayed regardless of the age or ability of the artist. If they made it, we are showing it and it all starts at 7 p.m. on April 25. {mosimage}  
    With such a broad range of work, we know you will have something to say. So, what is better than expressing your opinion as you vote for your favorite work of art?  Everyone is encouraged to cast a ballot for the Public’s Choice Award.
    For the third year, the Arts Council has partnered with PWC for this exhibition. Communications and Community Relations Manager Carolyn Justice Hinson of  PWC says, “We enjoy sponsoring this Fourth Friday and the Public Works exhibit, both are a wonderful reflection of our diverse community.”
PWC representatives will be on hand to talk about water usage and to offer tools to help with water conservation. “When you buy a product, you usually get an owner’s manual. With utilities, PWC is your guide to the most efficient use,” Hinson explains.
    Kids can meet Willy Water Drop and Art the Public Works Guy who will be offering kids their very own hard hat.
    Who knows what you may learn or what undiscovered masterpiece you may be able to acquire at this Fourth Friday. Just think… that new artist that no one has ever heard of could be tomorrow’s phenomenon. It’ll be fun and fantastic. Don’t miss it.

April Fourth Friday Venues
    Arts Council – Public Works Exhibit sponsored by PWC. Live entertainment by Ethan Hanson. Refreshments.
    Cape Fear Studios – Annual Member’s Anniversary Show celebrating the 17th anniversary of Cape Fear Studios. Works from our over 40 local artists including paintings, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, and more!
    City Center Books & Gallery – New art exhibition by WINHOUSE (Lisa Lofthouse and Suzie Godwin). Photographs and multi-media pieces of our revitalized Downtown.
    C.J. Designs – Enjoy the smooth jazz of Fayetteville’s own national recording artist Reggie Codrington. Refreshments.
    The Cotton Exchange – Live music inside The Cotton Exchange and in the courtyard to kick off the grand opening of The Livery. Refreshments.
    Cumberland County Headquarters Library – In celebration of The Big Read and The Dogwood Festival, The Parsons perform their brand of “uptown hillbilly swing,” a combination of ragtime, old-time blues, bluegrass, swing and folk music. The evening will also include dramatic readings from Fahrenheit 451 and recognition of The Big Read essay contest winners. Refreshments. 
    Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum – Exhibits and artifacts of transportation from days gone by.
    Fascinate-U – Create and decorate your own kites using construction paper, fabric, ribbons, yarn, markers, and glitter. All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served.
    Green Light Gallery – Beyond Borders 2 featuring the works of Robyn Gahr and Eric McRay. Enjoy the soft jazz stylings of keyboard player Edward Protho, and refreshments. 6 – 10 p.m.
    Market House – View the latest exhibit The Freedom of Religion: Fayetteville’s Early Historic Churches on the second floor of the Market House.
    Olde Town Gallery – Presents Beholder of Mine Eye, their first annual photography competition.  Winners will be announced at 8 p.m.
    Rude Awakening – Dogwood art by Greg Hathaway.
sfL+a Architects – Eugene Wright - On The Road with Sketchbook, Graffiti Art, & Photography. Live entertainment. Refreshments.
    White Trash – Collage pendants by Sally Jean Alexander.
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