If you are new in town, or just haven’t made it to 4th Friday lately, this month there is a lot to see and do downtown.

The Visual Arts Alliance has coordinated a collaborative exhibit that includes several organizations. The focus of the city-wide exhibit is the human form.

At the Arts Council the exhibit features the works of four artists: Cameron Johnson, Dustan Elliott, Jovian Turnball and Mima McMillan. The exhibit is titled “The Human Figure: Likeness and Presence.”

“The focus of the VAA collaboration of the human form at the Arts Council is to highlight the works by four artists whose approach to representing the fi ure is diverse,” said Arts Council Fayetteville/Cumberland County Gallery Manager Soni Martin. “The likeness of the figure in each work is self evident; but the way in which each artist interfaces the figure in a pictorial environment results in a type of ‘presence.’ For each artist, all the elements of composition or design are there, but the depth and meaning of the works, the ‘presence’ reflects each artist’s personal views about social constructions — a type of reality by each artist is being presented.”

Cape Fear Studios hosts “The Human Form” featuring the works of Alexandra Bloch (painting, drawing), Holly Fischer (sculpture), Sarah Fredericks (painting, drawing) and Robert H. Way (painting).Find out more at www.capefearstudios.com or by calling 433-2986.

At Gallery One13, the Fayetteville Art Guild offers Original 2-D and 3-D works of art in all mediums, including oils, acrylics, photography, jewelry, fabric, graphic, pottery, sculpture and follows VAA theme of the human form. An opening reception is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. during 4th Friday celebrations. The exhibition “celebrates the human form — realistically or abstractly — in portrait, figure, hands, feet, etc. in moments of motion or stillness in all visual mediums. The exhibition theme at Gallery ONE13 is in conjunction with all the art venues in Fayetteville.” The public is invited to the opening reception from 6-9 p.m. on 4th Friday Call 484-6849 for more information.

Also relating to the human form, Fascinate-U explores the different character traits that make up the human race. Kids can make a pony-bead bracelet that represents their hair color, eye color and other physical traits. Admission is free. 7-9 p.m. Learn more at www.fascinate-u.com or by calling 829-9171.

08-22-12-4th-friday.gifThe Downtown Alliance celebrates health and wellness with free yoga, zumba and salsa classes. There will also be fencing and crossfit demonstrations. Pick up a 4th Friday Fanatics card at the Downtown Alliance at 222 Hay Street (they are free) and cash in on all the great deals and discounts offered by downtown merchants. Find out more about what the downtown alliance has to offer at www.faydta.org.

Enjoy a night at the museum at the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum. The museum is open from 6-10 p.m. during 4th Friday events. Patrons are invited to check out the exhibits. In the parking lot, crafts and local produce are available for sale. Check out the vintage car exhibit and listen to live music, too.

At the Headquarters Library, the Cape Fear Mineral and Gem Society showcases fossils and minerals. Come and see jewelry artists at work, as they turn ordinary-looking slabs of rock into beautiful jewelry-quality stones. This exhibit takes place from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Pate Room.

Find out more at www.cumberland.lib.nc.us.Find out more about 4th Friday at www.theartscouncil.com.

Photo: Relief print by Cameron Johnson.

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