Fayetteville is an art-friendly town, so much so that one Friday every month the entire Downtown community celebrates the arts, bringing festivities, fun and creativity to the community. 

This 4th Friday, June 23, the Arts Council continues its exhibit “Public Works,” which showcases the work of local artists. 

One of the greatest things about this exhibit is that it’s not juried. That means that anyone who enjoys making art is welcome to submit his or her art for the show. 

There are more than 200 colorful creations gracing the Arts Council’s walls, all of them from local artists. 

This truly embraces the spirit of the belief that art is for everyone. The exhibit hangs through July 6. Call (910) 323-1776 to learn more. The People’s Choice winners are:

• 1st Place: Robson Spinelli – “Venezia Grand Canale”

• 2nd Place: Michelle Bir – “Timshel”

• 3rd Place: Sunyoung Kim – “My Dream”

• Honorable Mention: Griffin Carrick – “Delightfully Redundant”

• Honorable Mention: Nancy Whaley Chandler – “Bear Family”

• Honorable Mention: Marlene Wellard – “The Wonderland of Childhood”

Ellington-White Gallery hosts the opening of a new exhibit by local artist and educator Soni Martin this 4th Friday. The exhibit, called “Resemblance,” features an entirely new body of work. This show has been a year in the making. The opening reception lasts from 5 to 9 p.m. and features an artist talk. Find out more at www.elington-white.com

Cape Fear Studios opens a new exhibit featuring “Jeremy Sampson Plein Air Paintings” along with pottery from visiting artist Ben Owen in the main showroom. As an artist co-op, Cape Fear Studios showcases the work of its members year-round. On any given day, visitors will find artists that work in their studios. Member artists also sell their work at Cape Fear Studios. From pottery to paintings to jewelry, there’s always something interesting to see here.

Headquarters Library presents Rhonda Emileo from 2-U-Keys from 7 to 9 p.m. Their ukulele music brings the sounds of the beach to the sandhills. Fascinate-U Children’s Museum’s 4th Friday special for families has free admission from 7 to 9 p.m. Children are invited to make crafts as part of the celebration. This month, the craft is spring flowers. Find out more about Fascinate-U at www.fascinate-u.com.

At the Fayetteville Transportation Museum, don’t miss the “St. John’s Episcopal Church - The First 100 years” exhibit. Learn about the architecture symbolism in stained glass windows in the church. The Museum Annex includes vintage cars, a replica 1920’s gas station and Fayetteville’s 1880 Silsby steam pump engine. The museum is open from 6 to 10 p.m. for 4th Friday.

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