08-17-11-youve-come-along-way.jpgIt’s almost the end of summer, but things aren’t slowing down for 4th Friday in Downtown Fayetteville. On Aug. 26, 4th Friday’s theme Women’s Night Out in celebration of the 91st anniversary of the ratifi cation of the 19th Amendment, a defi ning moment in women’s history, and praise all things lost and found. It’s a night, says Sheri Collins, 4th Friday coordinator for the Fayetteville Downtown Alliance, “all about ladies, from the right to vote to the need to be pampered.”

Festivities will start earlier than usual with a 6 p.m. presentation at the Rainbow Room featuring Mary Walton, author of A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot. Walton will follow-up at City Center Gallery & Books to sign copies of her book. At 8 p.m., Fayetteville’s National Organization for Women (NOW) will reenact the 1913 march on Washington, D.C., demanding women’s voting rights. A woman on a white horse will lead a procession of marchers dressed in vintage suffragist white gowns from the Market House to Ray Avenue. Along the way, actors are planted in the crowd to heckle the demonstrators. NOW will wrap up the event with a showing of Generation M: Misogyny in Media and Culture at Cameo Art House Theater at 9:30 p.m. The admission charge is donated to the Rape Crisis Volunteers of Cumberland County.

While history is reenacted outside, objects with a history are being reinvented inside for the Recycle! It’s Second Nature exhibit at the Arts Council. Sponsored by the City of Fayetteville’s Environmental Services Department, Waste Management and Pratt Industries, the show features pieces created with recycled materials. “The first recycled art show was such a success that we wanted to do it again. We were pleasantly surprised at the quality, as well as the quantity, of the pieces that were entered three years ago. It was such a wide range in the types of materials and end results. It offered a lot of talk and the opportunity for people to look at recyclables in a fun way,” says Jackie Tuckey, public relations directot for Environmental Services.

At Cape Fear Studios, the jewelry artists are doing a little reinventing of their own. Lee McMillan, a local jewelry artist, wanted to challenge herself and other artists to use items not typical in jewelry production.

“I have always worked in recycled items, particularly old jewelry, making them into things people would wear today,” says McMillan, but the purpose of the challenge is to think in broad concepts.

Called objet trouvé, a natural or dicarded object found by chance and held to have aesthetic value the challenge features local artists Connie Bennett, Linda Sue Barnes, Stephanie Crider, Kathy Moore and Erica Stanckwytch Bailey along with McMillan. In the main gallery is an exhibit featuring potter Gay Smith. Ellen Olson Brooks of Cape Fear Studios describes Smith’s work as “unique in the use of color and style. Not your typical pottery.”

Meanwhile, artists are demonstrating their work for Arts Alive at their new location in the parking lot of the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum on Franklin Street.

As you move from each event, check in with the Downtown merchants. Joely, A Color Studio and Hair Salon is hosting a wine and cheese event with the chance to win a free makeover. At So Chic Bebe, Jill Charles, a singer who is making a name for herself in Fayetteville, is performing. An evening of art, wine, music, history and jewelry, what more could a Fayetteville woman ask for?

For more information about these events, visit the Downtown Alliance Website at www.fayettevillealliance.com.

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