Cape Fear Valley Health Systems is building a new patient tower. In fact, it is almost finished. Scheduled to open in September, the new tower will have a large emergency department, a children’s emergency department, the heart and vascular center, radiology and imaging, a women’s unit and 96 inpatient beds.
And what does any of that have to do with 4th Friday?
    “They had a budget to put some art work in there,” said Margo Jarvis, director of marketing and development for the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County. “So they pitched the Arts Council and we came up with this idea for a call for art.” 
    This is not the first time CFVHS has reached out to local artists — its Pavilion North on Ramsey Street also houses local works.                                                                                                                                         {mosimage}“They’re a really good arts’ steward in the community as a corporation, building these collections of art from local and regional artists,” said Jarvis.
    The theme for the exhibit is the brain child of William Avenel, vice president and chief information officer for CFVHS, also an artist who has contributed to the collection. “He wanted it to be original works from the artists,” said Jarvis. “He didn’t want it to have a health theme. He just wanted to see what the artists could come up with themselves, what they would create.” 
    The result is a wide assortment of media including acrylic, oil, fabric and photography.
    Because the new patient tower is such a large building, CFVHS wanted to send out the call to all artists in North Carolina and South Carolina who are 18 and older. And that is just what the Arts Council did.
“We got nearly 250 pieces from 76 artists in 29 cities across the state,” said Jarvis. After it was juried by a juror from the arts committee, as well as a juror from the hospital, 44 of those works by 30 artists from 18 cities remained. Those 44 works will be on display this 4th Friday at the Fayetteville Arts Council, 301 Hay St.
    “I don’t think they (CFVHS) intend to buy all of them, but all of them are for sale,” she added.
    All of the pieces purchased by the hospital will be marked for their collection and the rest of the works are for sale and available to the public. Purchase awards will be announced at 8 p.m. There will be artists represented from all over the state, some as far away as Statesville and Wilmington.
    “It’s an exciting show and it is definitely a wonderful opportunity for the artists,” said Jarvis “I certainly commend Cape Fear Valley on their leadership and this initiative to use local artists and support that community.” 
    In addition to the art, the Arts Council will also host the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Quartet, that will provide great music as you look at the art.
    The fun starts Friday, July 25, at 7 p.m., with several venues downtown showcasing various artists and performers. {mosimage}

4th Friday Venues 
    •AIT Realty — Karaoke by the Spin Doctor. Refreshments.
    •Cape Fear Studios — Silk Comes to Life, Cary artist Deborah Younglao’s silk paintings and art quilts through Aug. 20. Refreshments.
    •City Center Gallery and Books — Presentation by the Downtown Alliance of the winners of the Glory Days Field of Honor photography contest.
    •Cotton Exchange — Jazz ensemble, Spontaneous Combustion, with new local talent. Refreshments.
    •Cumberland County Headquarters Library — Teen Open Mic for comics, poets, rappers, karaoke all-stars and musicians. Help transform this humble stage into a forum of art, attitude and creativity. Register to participate by calling 483-7727 ext. 300.
    •Fascinate-U Children’s Museum — Children create their own masks. Free admission. Light refreshments.
    •Green Light Gallery — Tropical Living, a non-juried art show by The Fayetteville Art Guild. Show features art, food, music, dance and poetry. Festive atmosphere will include decorations and costumes from the Caribbean.
    •Market House — Scottish heritage exhibition, including Cape Fear Scottish Clans, Highland Dancers and bagpipes.
    •Rude Awakening will host photographer Jennifer Seaman and her work.
    •Sfl+a Architects — The art of Kelly Green, music by Jesse Janes. Refreshments.
    •White Trash — Hand scrimshawed bangle bracelets by Jessica Kagan Cushman.

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