06-19-13-4th-friday.gif4th Friday is a tradition in Downtown Fayetteville. A celebration of the arts, 4th Friday is a collaborative effort of the downtown area to showcase local bookstores, galleries, shops and more. Notable events are sponsored by the Arts Council, Cape Fear Studios, Fascinate-U Children’s Museum, Headquarters Library, Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum and City Center Gallery & Books. This month’s 4th Friday theme, which is sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, features a scavenger hunt.

The Arts Council’s Healing Arts exhibit opens this month and is celebrated with a reception. “Healing Arts is actually a continuation of last year’s Healing Arts exhibit,” said Calvin Mimms, director of development at The Arts Council Fayetteville/Cumberland County. “It is an exploration of art that is collected or created by local physicians. What we are doing is making the connection with art and art therapy by highlighting physicians who use art as a creative outlet for personal reasons and how it affects the mind, body, and spirit.”

The exhibit was well-received last year and Mimms is excited about expanding on the theme this year. “People are going to be surprised to find physicians in this area that collect the works of area artists. There are a lot of physicians here that have purchased art from local studios. I think that the community will be surprised at the quality of work that local artists produce.”

Admirers of art will be captivated by the display of talent from artists throughout the country. Cape Fear Studios is showcasing the fifth annual National 2D Exhibit Competition. Also, there will be paintings by other artists both locally and nationwide. The exhibit opens at 6 p.m. and will run until 9 p.m.

4th Friday will also have age-appropriate activities for kids. Fascinate-U Children’s Museum will host crafts for children to make patriotic wind-streamers, perfect to decorate 4th of July picnics and more. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to let a child’s red, white and blue streamer fly. This event opens at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

Bookworms are not excluded from the festivities either. Headquarters Library will have an author’s showcase for readers to meet authors from the Sandhills area and buy autographed copies of their books. The showcase will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9 p.m.

Local award-winning exotic belly dancers of Shadows of the Fire will perform in front of the Capitol Building starting at 7 p.m. Also performing are Transfusion Fire Arts and local martial-arts school Musha Dojo with its own gifted students.

Festival Park will come alive as Operation Ceasefi re returns for the community’s summer enjoyment. At 7:30 p.m., the park will transform into an outdoor movie theater, with the showing of a family-favorite movie.

Local downtown businesses will open throughout the evening offering special discounts and samplings of their work. So Chic Bébé will discount all red, white and blue items by 25 percent in honor of our military heroes. Active and retired military personnel will receive a 15 percent discount off all purchases on Friday, too.

Downtown Fayetteville has 37 places to shop, 28 places to dine and 26 places to play. There is something for everyone to participate in on 4th Friday. Not only is it a celebration of the arts, it’s a celebration of our Fayetteville community. Pack an evening picnic, bring snacks and be prepared for a relaxing afternoon of adventure this June 28th at 4th Friday.

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