Friday July 18th 2014 is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury, with live music, performances, and local art vendors on Main Street Downtown.
After last July’s record heat, the 3rd Friday crew decided this July would be a great time to explore a Water theme. What started as a fun way to beat the heat has evolved into an event as multi-faceted as water itself!
On the Plaza, Salisbury’s leading importers of funk, The Hot Meals, will be keeping things cool with their signature mix of genres that is sure to get us dancing.
The 3rd Friday crew will have lots of aquatic ways to enjoy the summer season, and to celebrate the often underrated liquid that so crucial to everything around us.
Joining us will be the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, The Ward Museum, Maryland Coastal Bays, the Delmarva Discovery Center, The Salisbury Zoo, The Wicomico Creekwatchers, and representatives from the Wicomico River Stewardship Initiative; with fun facts, displays, demonstrations and interactive experiences.
Featured Artist | Jay P. Fleming will also be on the Plaza, displaying and selling his incredibly moving nature photographs. Jay’s talent is undeniable. So is the incredible amount of patience & preparation he pours into researching potential photo opportunities and Jay’s laser focus is pointed squarely at the water.
Jay spent the summers of 2011 and 2012 in Yellowstone National Park photographing the threatened Cutthroat Trout, producing photos that appeared in a publication by National Geographic that was designed to inform the public of the increasing threat of invasive species on native ones. Currently, a little closer to home, Jay has turned his attention towards the Chesapeake Bay and the industry that is directly dependent upon it—the seafood industry. Jay has spent the past two years actively documenting all aspects of this fascinating and diminishing way of life. Jay hopes to illustrate the full spectrum of the seafood industry in his first book, “Working the Water”, expected to be published in 2015.
Featured Artist | Elizabeth Kauffman offers another perspective with her collections of fine art watercolors. As Director of Galleries and Assistant Professor of Art at Salisbury University, Kauffman works in many veins; artist, curator, writer and educator; but her connection to the water becomes undeniably clear when her personal works are on display.
One of her favored mediums, watercolor, has both an intrinsic and aesthetic link to water, but so does her subject matter. Often combined with text, her works explore the watery lens of perception, blurred lines, and objective truth versus subjective experiences. Like the ripples on a pond, her imagery mesmerizes while her themes stir up larger questions. Kauffman’s works will be on the Plaza in a large window front display, next to Metropolitan Magazine.
The new Tony Weeg Photography Studio will be having another amazing Open House with special guest artist Matthew Amey displaying works for our Water World theme. Hailing from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Amey has been creating artwork for over 30 years. As part owner of both Independent Tattoo and Ancient Art Tattoo in Delaware, Amey is consistently working either on paper, canvas or skin and he continually strives to incorporate modern advancements in technology into much of his work. When not using a tattoo machine he creates works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, digital design and various sculptural mediums.
Salisbury University Art Galleries | Downtown Campus will be having the opening reception for “Continuum”, the exhibition by UMES Assistant Art Professor Michel Demanche. An uncannily poetic fit to a 3rd Friday laced with conservationist themes, Demanche’s artwork focuses on eminent disaster, from nightmares to storms to man-made destruction.
Using reclaimed cameras and traditional printing methods, she has documented changes in her environment and the results to the native inhabitants. Along with photographs, she creates multi-layered pieces on paper, canvas or sculpture, transforming her photographs using found objects, graphite, colored pencils, paint, ceramic and wood. Demanche bases her artwork on the perceptions and illusions experienced during three periods; childhood, adolescent years and adulthood, and the experiences and perceptions within them that create conflict and imbalance with our lives.
The Art Institute and Gallery will have The Clay Guild of the Eastern Shore’s Exhibit and Sale, back by popular demand, with a wide range of art. 3rd Friday will be the first night of this annual show and it’s the perfect time to see a variety of local artists and techniques all in the same place. Included will be Carol Meyers’ whimsical tea pots, Mary Back’s mermaids, fish and crabs and Dot Truitt’s unique chimes, flowers and humorous creatures. Selections from glass artist Jim Blankenship will add lamp work, pendants and bottle stoppers and award winning Rob Johnson will display his saggar bottles; created using horsehair and fibers, and treated with acid and salt before firing to produce metallic, contrasting and antique effects. Also contributing to this event will be Salisbury University students.
Parker Place Building will again host an Envision SBY exhibition displaying drafts, drawing and concept mock-ups from the community-based workshop that, in collaboration with Graduate Students from University of Maryland, brainstormed design concepts and solutions for a re-imagined Downtown Salisbury. City Council President Jacob Day will be there sharing stories and highlighting his favorite concepts that emerged from the process. Talk about a Water World! Many of the final presentations sought ways to reconnect to river with Downtown’s architectural landscape. If you haven’t seen the things they dreamed up, stop by and check them out!
Division Street Lawn Area will be another hotspot. The 3rd Friday Open Mic Showcase hosted by B&B Music will take place on the Government Office Building Steps, giving local singers, songwriters and musicians a chance to showcase their skills.
The Wicomico Library will also be on North Division Lawn with screenings promoting IndieFlix, a free online movie catalog for library members, which curates the best from worldwide film festivals to make sure indie films have an audience. Independent filmmakers have worked hard to create these incredible films—movie lovers deserve to be able to see them!
The Downtown Stores are ready for a great night. Kuhn’s Jewelers is having an Exclusive Trunk Show featuring the Stephanie Kantis Verstial Collection and Enza’s An Organic Salon is featuring Eminence 30 SPF Water Resistant Minerals at 20% off!
The Downtown Bars and Restaurants are ready with great specials for the dinner crowd, and plenty of entertainment planned for night. Mojo’s will have live music from Groove Joose, Cellar Door Tavern has the MREs and Market Street Inn has DJ B-Side late night. Roadie Joe’s will have The Trinidad and Tobago Steel Drum Band on the Patio from 5:30 – 8:30 and Brew River is having a Friday Night Dock Party with The Bonedaddy’s and DJ Seth B.
Sound like fun? Invite Your Friends! Here is the Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/625907557516501
3F is an all-volunteer effort, a downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee. There is no charge for local artists to set up, but online advance registration is required.