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November 1, 2012

Arts tour part of Goshen's First Fridays

GOSHEN —  A showcase of Goshen’s creative community is set this weekend during the eighth annual Open Studio and Downtown Arts tour.

Exhibits will include craft brewing, two- and three-dimensional art, dancing and music.

“This year, we’ve expanded from the original Goshen Open Studio tour to showcase a broader range of art, including culinary and brewing arts,” said First Fridays Coordinator Katrina Maust. “There’s certainly no shortage of artistic talent in our community and this month’s First Fridays brings it all front and center.”

Maps for the two-day event are available at the tour headquarters locations: Goshen Theater, 216 S. Main St., Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., and Art Alley Studio 55, 119 1/2 S. Main St., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The arts tour will include the work of Millrace Center artists Friday and Saturday at 212 W. Washington St. At Found, 208 S. Main St., works by 10 Graber family artists will be on display both days. Works by Ben Stutzman @ Springer Design, 226 S. Main St., will be on display Friday only.

Additional First Fridays highlights include:

• “I Spy the First Friday’s Guy!” — Students in kindergarten through 12th grade can find the “First Fridays Guy” at participating business and get their maps marked in each store to earn prizes.

• Party at the Goshen Powerhouse, Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. — The public is invited celebrate the grand opening of the expanded lot at the Goshen Farmers Market and Goshen Powerhouse. A ribbon-cutting is planned at 5:30 p.m., followed by a free concert by “Samuel Jay and Jewels” and children’s activities at the Farmers Market beginning 6 p.m.

• “Diversity Day” performances at Goshen Theater, Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. — Entertainers from the Goshen and Michiana areas will showcase music, dance and artistic traditions from around the United States and around the world.  

• Flu shot clinic, Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Menno Travel, 210 S. Main St. — IU Health Goshen Hospital’s Community Wellness and Education Department staffers will provide flu shots. The cost is $15.

• Goshen High School Art Auction, Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 215 E. Lincoln Ave.  —  The auction will feature student art and community items that will be silent-auctioned for support of the GHS Art Department. Free chili and chicken noodle soup will be provided by First Presbyterian Church personnel.

• City Church of the Brethren Tribute to the Arts, Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at 203 N. Fifth St. — The public is invited to a performance by Lee Anne Stewart Dance School students. Thirty-three pupils will be performing jazz, tap and ballet dance.

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