Fairfield First Fridays Moves Outdoors for the Summer Season, With Live Music and Activities

Join Fairfield First Fridays for the first outdoor event of the season on June 1st,. The fun starts at 5 p.m and continues until 10 p.m.   

To start the evening, there will be an Argentine Tango demonstration and a choreographed dance by Lilu Papp & Gaelyn Hutchinson, and the performance will be followed by an open dance floor welcoming all newcomers.  The demonstration starts at 5 p.m. Argentine Tango is a partner dance focusing on the core connection between the two dancers. The philosophy of this dance aims to decentralize rote steps in order to build a basis of communication between dancers and from which connection springs an improvised dialogue between the partners and within the music.

After the Argentine Tango demonstration enjoy an evening of great music with The Jefferson County Green Band!  They will be playing in the gazebo from 6 to 10 p.m.  Come dance the night away with this fantastic local band. 

At approximately 7 p.m., F.A.C.T will have a preview of their summer musical, Frank Loesser’s, The Most Happy Fellow.  The show will be performed at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center on Father’s Day Weekend, come get a sneak peek at Fairfield First Fridays.

There will be lawn games, for your enjoyment and some friendly competition.  Bring your friends and family to play Lawn Jenga, Connect Four, Corn Hole and more! Artists and vendors will be set up with some great items for sale, several local non-profits will be set up to give you information and many of the local businesses and restaurants around the square will be open!  Bring your lawn chair, grab some friends and come enjoy the evening in Central Park!

Several of the local galleries and stores have activities, specials and new art on display, a few are listed below:

Americus Gallery-100 W. Burlington Ave.  Americus Gallery will be showing Christopher Kufner’s original oil paintings, featuring Italian/French Landscapes, Figurative works and Large Format Photography on archival paper of the Tuscan Countryside.  Also, showing original oil paintings by Kim Kufner, New Original watercolor and ink paintings by Genevra Bell, Art Glass Vases by David Lotton and diochroic glass jewelry by Pedro Lujano.” Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10 – 6, Friday 10 – 8, Saturday 10 – 5

Art FiftyTwo- 52 E. Briggs Ave.  Judy LaMar will be exhibiting her paintings at Gallery52 for the June and July Art Walk. “California Dreaming” includes acrylic paintings and watercolors done in Cobb Mountain, California between 1990-1995.

At Home– 52 N. Main St.– At Home in the Kitchen! Cooking Demonstration- Summer Salads and Blueberry Sorbet! 7:00-8:30

Carnegie Historical Museum112 S. Court St.  Stop in and see the amazing exhibits!  There will a Tie Dye activity and Therese from the park is doing a ‘Bird walk ‘ thru the museum talking about some of our birds.

Chakra Steps- Chakra Steps will be open for Art Walk until 10pm. Variety of Crystals, incense, unique gifts and local art. Some names showcased are Lynn Phippen and his son Jason Phippen, Daveed Aranda and lovely natural flower art by Diana Watt. 

Crest Jewel48 N. Main St. Recent paintings by David Kupferman, Terrence Kennedy, and many pigment prints by various artists.  Open Art Walk evening 7PM onwards.

Fairfield Art Association (inside the FACC) The FAA will be Opening the “Summer Art Installation – SQUARE AROUND THE SQUARE”. It is in the garden nodes around the square and up Main Street to the FACC. The theme this year is “Squares Around the Square” with 17 original square art sculpture creations, by over twenty one artists. The art installations will be placed on poles in the garden nodes around the Fairfield square and up Main Street to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Participants this year include: Rolf Erickson, David Pattison, Jacqueline Kumer, Jan Bork, Kella Tschopp, Nancy Huebner, Mary Arnold, Rhonda Hammes, Kathy Tollenaere, Pam Lander, Cheryl Myers, Carnegie Museum Group, Paul Siemsen and two students studying woodworking, Carol Olicker & Dana Brekke, Ann Porter, Bob Glocke, Susan Noll Thicke, and Suzan Kessel. The “Squares Around the Square” exhibit will remain in place throughout the summer until September 7 for the public and community visitors to enjoy. In July a public vote for “Favorite Square” will take place with a prize to the winning creators. A silent auction of all the entries will begin on August 3and conclude on September 7, with proceeds being divided between the artist and the FAA.

Fairfield Nutrition- Friday, June 1, 6:30-9PM. Art By Monica Stoltz, a Fairfield native. “I have a wide variety of pieces but I would say my work is pretty nature based. I have art ranging from night skies to rainbow animals. A lot of my work comes out of how I’m feeling at the time. When I paint my night pieces I am in a state of calm and my other, more colorful, ones tend to be times when I am feeling excited, wild, adventurous, etc. I also have pieces that have quotes or inspiring meanings, most of these I have given to my friends and family. My goal for my art is to inspire others whether that be in their own art, to start making art, or translating it into their daily life.”

 Henderson’s- 53 W. Broadway Ave.  Henderson’s will host an extended viewing of Upon Further Review No. 2, through June 22.  We will be open for Art Walk , 6:30- 9:00p.m. 

ICON Gallery58 N. Main St. –  New show opening in the main gallery: Dots and Dashes – Steven Erickson, Alexandra Janezic, Bill Teeple.  Continuing in Bill’s Room on the mezzanine: Jewelry by Bill Hurlin, Drawings by Elaine Duncan

Moreheart Studios–  56 N. Main St. (Above Central Park Futon) Check out the whimsical, enchanting work of Paul Morehead and JacQueline Kumer.  Their work often involves esoteric knowledge, archetypes and the relationship of humans and nature. Stop in, they always have something fun going on! Open from 6 to 9pm

Revelations- 112 N. Main St. Open until 9pm.  Specials during Fairfield First Fridays on the following artists: Peter Clemens: Yantras, Everett Day: Art Work, Freddy Fonseca: Photographs, John Schrimer: Paintings. Always something great happening!

Thymely Solutions- 104 N. Court St.  Open from 9:30am-9pm. Stop in, see all the fantastic spring items! Flash sale for Art Walk night only: $1 for a small Yard Sign promoting clean, chemical free lawns for you and your neighbors!  It’s the perfect time to add a little sign to summer gardens. J We will also have a snack sample for customers by the register.

If you have any questions, please call Marla Brader at 641 233-8883 or email fairfieldartwalk@gmail.com  . 

First Fridays



Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk has grown to become Fairfield’s signature cultural event. Each month, the Art Walk celebrates creativity, culture and community and supports the arts in all forms, bringing diverse groups together to express their creativity and passion for the arts. Whether you enjoy touring art galleries, tasting incredible foods, watching wonderful performances, every 1st Friday fills the air with magic and fun for all.

In January 2017, the logo and name was changed, to Fairfield First Fridays