Fairfield First Fridays Celebrates Local Talent

Fairfield First Fridays continues outdoors to enjoy the end of the summer season!  The September event, Open Mic in Central Park, will be held in the gazebo on September 6th, from 6 to 10 pm.  Come hang out in Central Park to celebrate the beautiful weather, our community and enjoy the local talent!

Celebrating the talent in Fairfield will be the focus of this event.  There will be open mic at the gazebo until 10pm, hosted by Fairfield First Friday’s Board Member, Paulina Sinaga. If you have ever attended any of the open mic nights in Fairfield, you know there is an amazing amount of talent here. If you have never attended one, this is the night to experience it!

There will be many local artists, non-profits and a few new additions set up around Central Park.   There will be a section of the square set up with lawn games for some friendly competition with your family and friends.   The First Friday’s Photo Booth will be set up and ready to use, take pictures with your friends using the fun props provided!

There will be many stores, galleries and venues open on and around the square, a few are listed below:

Americus Gallery100 W. Burlington Ave.  Americus Gallery featuring Christopher Kufner’s new show called “The Muse” consisting of 18 paintings from his private collection. Several of these paintings are new and have not been displayed outside of the artists private residence.   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, ArtWalk Friday 10 – 8, Saturday 10 – 3. 

Art FiftyTwo- 52 E. Briggs Ave.  Will host the MIU 77-79 40th Year Alumni and Faculty Reunion Art Show. Opening 6:30 till close September 6, continuing Tuesday – Friday 1 – 4 until September 20.


At Home Store- 52 N. Main St.  Stop in to see what Rosie has going on!  Always a fun place to shop for yourself or for gifts!


Chakra Steps- 101 Main St. Suite 3B. Celebrating Two Years!  Buy one get one free on incense.  20% Off entire purchase .Free gift with purchase over $75 .   

Chickadee-57 E. Broadway Ave. Will be open 11-9 with 20% off outdoor toys.  Always a great place to shop!

Crest Jewel- 48 N. Main St. See what we painted this summer: David Kupferman and Terrence Kenneday.  Open 7-9PM.

Fairfield Art Association(inside the Arts and Convention Center)  The Fairfield Art Association’s annual summer art installation “Pipe Dreams” will end on Friday September 6, along with the silent auction bidding at 8 PM. The eleven art works are in the garden nodes around the square and up Main Street, with the bid sheets at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center in the Main Gallery area. Proceeds from the auction benefit both the FAA and the artists. This years theme started with PVC pipes, partially donated by Hickenbottom Inc, being given to the artists to make their own creation which compliments a garden area. A couple of the pieces contain solar lights, three with a RAGBRAI influence, and others are very whimsical. Participating artists include; Curt Swarm, Annie Guldberg, Wendy Stegall, Mary Arnold & Family, Rolf Erickson, Jason DePrey, Mike Pech, Holly & Matt McDow, Pamela Lander, Susan & Francis Thicke, and Suzan Kessel.

During the recent “Vote for a Favorite”, Mike Pech’s entry “Half A Cup Please” was named the winner. “You can’t miss his piece on the West side of the square, with a blue shirted character holding out his 1/2 coffee cup, with hands made from Mosaic broken dishes” say Suzan Kessel, FAA Volunteer Art Director. “When you are at the FACC making your bid, be sure to take a look at the Main Gallery exhibit “LāDi: Layered Digital Imaging” by Sara Slee Brown, an Iowa City artist.”


Health and Wholeness- 52 S. Main St. PILLARS OF THE COMMUNITY – Collection One-By: Kesryth.  Solo Exhibition, Opening reception September 6th from 7pm-9pm.  The show will be held from Sept. 6th to October 25th .  This show contains 8 portraits of people who are a large part of what makes Fairfield the wonderful place it is. Those who’s portraits will be included are Bill Teeple, Dr. John Hagelin, Mayor Ed Malloy, among others.

Henderson’s/Cindy’s Art Beat-53 W. Broadway Ave. Henderson’s Gallery: New works by Square One Artisans on display. Continuing: The Watercolor Show, through September 29th.  53 W. Broadway. Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10-5 and Saturday 11-3. Open First Fridays 6-9pm.   

ICON Gallery58 N. Main St.  ICON Main Gallery:Fairfield Collects- ICON presents a rare opportunity to see highlights of art works from private Fairfield collections. The exhibit includes art from many countries, time periods, and genres, and will feature original works by Warhol, Blakelock, Courbet, Dali, Boudin, and many others. ICON Mezzanine:The Hudson Collection Gallery.  First Friday hours: 6:30 to 10:00pm.


Kims Kottage by Missy- 54 S. Main St. Stop in to see what Missy has going on!  Great gift items and always new stuff!

SOMM Wines– S. Main St. Open for Fairfield First Fridays. Free Wine tasting from 5-9.   Highlighting 7 new wines, by the glass.  Stop in, check out this great new addition to the shopping around the square!

Stuff a Bear and More – 53 N. Court St.- As a special fun event for Fairfield First Fridays stop in to play a free game, for a chance to win a Stuff a Bear and More gift certificate. Will be open until 9pm.  Stop in to show your support for this great addition to the shopping around the square.

Thymely Solutions- 104 N. Court St. Always a great place to shop for gifts, health and beautiful things!


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

Bring your lawn chairs, come enjoy the evening!






First Fridays

Fairfield 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