164th fridayFayetteville’s next 4th Friday comes March 24, amidst (hopefully) warm weather and beautiful new signs of spring. This month’s free buffet of art-related events is themed “All-American Weekend Downtown.” 

The Arts Council at 301 Hay St. will host the Ellington White Community Development Corporation’s third annual Art and Flowers exhibition from 7-9 p.m. The show will feature 2-D submissions that were selected from a national call for submissions, as well as live floral arrangements created in dialog with the 2-D art. The floral designers who created the arrangements come from Fayetteville, the Chapel Hill/Raleigh area and Wilmington. The evening will also feature live music by The 82d Airborne Division Band Woodwind Quintet. 

Calvin Mims, executive director of Ellington White CDC, explained what he loves most about Art and Flowers. “It’s really exciting to see someone look at a work of visual art and then … use that as an interpretation for a live floral arrangement. We consider floral design a very unique art form, and of course paintings of botanical forms is something we’ve always appreciated. But bringing the two together at the start of spring is … absolutely wonderful.”

The Arts Council also just released their annual Public Works call for submissions. Visit www.theartscouncil.com/ and click “Artist Opportunities” to learn more. 

The Arts Council provides just one exciting piece of all that 4th Friday has to offer. Check out these other events!

Gallery 116th at 116 Anderson St. is proud to present NightLife, the gallery’s first solo exhibition with Jonathon Lee Shannon. His work will be on display from 6 p.m. until midnight. The show consists of works Shannon created all over the U.S., with a focus on capturing night life. He has painted plein-air within bars, challenging himself to capture the light and movement of people even as he creatively reverses forms, swapping geometric forms into organic ones and vice versa. 

Cape Fear Studios at 148 Maxwell St. presents the opening of Cats, Dogs & Ewe from 6-9 p.m. The show will feature pet-themed art.

The Cumberland County Library at 300 Maiden Ln. will host Musician Roger Day from 7-8 p.m. as he opens the library’s Storytelling Festival with his newest show, Invincible. The show “encourages and empowers young super heroes everywhere to solve the problem and save the day by using the greatest super power of all: Imagination!” 

Visit the Ellington-White Gallery at 113 Gillespie St. to view the continuing Cumberland County Art Educators exhibition from 7-9 p.m.

Fascinate-U Children’s Museum at 116 Green St. wants to help you and your kids celebrate National Nutrition Month! Play at the museum for free from 7-9 p.m.

Walk over to The Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum at 325 Franklin St. to view its ongoing Cumberland County Goes to War exhibit, which highlights our area’s civil war history at home and on the battlefield. Open 6-8:30 p.m.

The Market House at 106 Hay St. will feature an educational exhibit upstairs, in addition to its permanent exhibit, A View from the Square: A History of Downtown Fayetteville. Visit from 6-10 p.m.

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