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First Friday in downtown Johnson City

Staff Report • Aug 2, 2013 at 11:13 AM

First Friday in downtown Johnson City gets under way at 6 tonight. Music by the Rickshaw Roadshow starts at 8 p.m. in front of Nelson Fine Art Center, 324 E. Main St.

Check out renovations going on downtown and Main Street’s shops and restaurants. There are activities for the family and downtown galleries hosting opening receptions tonight, too.

Nelson Fine Art’s reception for the first Johnson City Veterans Art Show, “The Creative Warrior,” starts at 7 p.m. The show seeks to recognize and promote the artistic talents of veteran and active duty artists by helping them to support each other as creative warriors. It also hopes to engage the public in dialog regarding the role and contributions of modern day warriors in society.

Exhibited works will be the original artistic works of veterans of all eras of service from World War II to the present. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Refreshments from Earth Fare will be served. Information: 926-2931.

Tipton Gallery, 126 Spring St., is hosting a group exhibition curated by Grace Reff titled “Is This What Loving Someone is Like?” with the opening reception today from 5-7 p.m.

The display, presented by the East Tennessee State University Department of Art and Design and Slocumb Galleries in partnership with the Johnson City Urban Redevelopment Alliance, will continue through Aug. 16.

The exhibit title came from a poem by Emily Pettit that inspired Reff to curate the show to address the question of “how we understand the unknowable.” Participating artists include Carrie Dyer, Anna Enloe, Allison Hall, Satpreet Kahlon, Storm Ketron, Will Pope and Gail Vollrath.

In addition to the reception on Aug. 2, the exhibit is available for viewing at other times by appointment. Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. Information or to schedule a viewing, call 483-3179 or email contrera@etsu.edu.

The Johnson City Area Arts Council invites community members to attend the art opening and reception of “Industrial Art” by Aleta Chandler tonight from 6-8. The show will exhibit at the JCAAC downtown gallery, 300 E. Main St., through Aug. 30.

Chandler’s appreciation for industrial inspired formats is apparent. She seamlessly integrates sculpture, functional wares, and jewelry with mechanized motifs. The artist was raised in Northeast Tennessee, with family roots extending deep into the mountains of Appalachia. She creates in her home studio in Gray, where she resides with her husband and two children. Chandler’s work is represented locally as well as in galleries across the country. The artist shares her knowledge and passion by teaching classes at local facilities.

For more information, call 928-8229 or visit www.arts.org.

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