Third season of ArtRageous Fridays continues

Friday, July 24, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA ⎯ Art exhibits, artist demonstrations, live music and opportunities for people to create their own art will be scattered around The District during the third ArtRageous Friday event of the 2009 season.

Jennifer Perlow, co-creator of ArtRageous Fridays, said the event gives downtown venues, regardless of whether they're art-oriented, a chance to be involved with the local art community by hosting an artist's work or putting on a unique event of their own.

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What: ArtRageous Friday

Where: The District, Downtown Columbia

When: Friday, July 24, 6-9 p.m.

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Perlow, Columbia Art League director Diana Moxon and Chris Teeter, former owner of Orr Street Studios, created ArtRageous Fridays in 2007 in the hopes of strengthening Columbia's art community.

"It's an opportunity for the public to experience the art community," Perlow said. "(It allows people) to understand how vibrant of an art community we have and see what's new."

The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. All of the participating businesses are located downtown and within walking distance of one another. People are encouraged to start at any venue and participate in as many activities as they want.

A total of 22 businesses are participating this year including Carpe Diem, Acme Designs and Artlandish Gallery, which will have its grand opening during the event.

There will be activities geared to both children and adults at the event. Mustard Seed Fair Trade will be hosting “Create with Us: The Art of Recycling,” where people will have the opportunity to make beads and musical instruments out of recycled materials.

Orr Street Studios, featuring “Summertime and the Living is Easy,” will have a “creative fish pond,” a “Snaprageous” photo booth and a live band as entertainment. People will also be able to walk through the studio’s workroom and purchase art.

“Our hope is that we welcome people who love art… and join (people) together to celebrate art itself,” said Elaine Johnson, director of Orr Street Studios.

The George Caleb Bingham Gallery will be showing James Miller’s “Facing Home: Watercolors and Drawings from Mississippi,” a collection of works he created while on a three-month sabbatical in Woodville, Miss.

Other artists featured include Sondra Gerber and Anne Nye, whose metal and glass sculptures will be displayed at Poppy.

There are several sponsors of the event this year, including Columbia’s Office of Cultural Affairs and The Special Business District.

The next ArtRageous Friday will be held during the weekend of Oct. 9.

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