Acoustic melodies from music on
the street delights the ears as the
eyes are overwhelmed by visual art.
The sidewalks spill into the street
as people travel from shop to shop.
Artists tell of their inspiration as
patrons decide what painting will
look best over their mantle. The bars
are busy and restaurants are full.
Many square blocks of an exhausted
downtown are alive.
An experience like this inspired
Jay Kerner, Missouri Western grad-
uate and publisher for The Regular
Joe. Kerner visited First Fridays
in Kansas City last fall by accident
and was so impressed he decided to
bring a similar idea to St. Joseph. By
December he had the ball rolling and
First Fridays Art Crawl in St Joseph
“It’s all about the artists and the
venues,” said Kerner.
On the first Friday of every month
many downtown businesses dou-
ble as art galleries for local art-
ists to showcase their works. Kerner
explained that a secondary outcome
of the event is the increased traffic to
businesses downtown. “We hope that
the art crawl becomes an introduc-
tion to these places.”
Everyone is invited to join in the
fun. At quitting time, or 5 p.m.,
the art crawl begins. Maps showing
the participating venues and their
respective artists are available at
any location. Art crawlers are encour-
aged to make the rounds. Many of
the venues offer hors d’oeuvres and
live music to add to the experience.
“We want it to be fun, we don’t
want it to be stuffy,” said organizer
Kerner has taken the back seat so
that the event could be organized by
the artists. Simonis is one on many
Missouri Western students involved.
She displays her work and coordi-
nates venues and artists. Simonis
previously coordinated the artwork
displays at Trails West.
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St. JOSEPH, MO
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vol 91 | Issue 7
Thursday, March 05, 2009