A myriad of artists and musicians from Lambton County and beyond will be ringing in the coming of spring on March 1 by sharing their talents in venues across downtown Sarnia as part of the First Friday Cultural Walkabout.

With a wide variety of cultural activities taking place in the heart of the city, attendees will have an embarrassment of artistic riches to choose from as they enjoy the warmer March weather in anticipation of the coming spring season.

The work of abstract art legend Rita Letendre will be on display at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (147 Lochiel St.) from 6 to 9 p.m. as part of the opening night of the gallery’s Chasing Vibrato exhibition. The exhibition, which showcases some of Letendre’s work from both JNAAG and Museum London’s permanent collections, traces her evolution as an artist and illustrates her dynamic experimentation with new mediums that led to her international recognition.

At the Lawrence House Centre for the Arts (127 Christina St. S.) from 6 to 9 p.m., art lovers seeking more stimuli can peruse through the Sarnia Artists’ Workshop exhibition Square Foot Show, in which all pieces are one square foot in size. While taking a peek at the art, attendees can also enjoy the music of singer-songwriter Hazel Pretty.

A vast amount of invigorating visual art can also be found at the R.W. Lawton Gallery (160 Christina St. N.), which will feature large paintings by Donna Powers-Garner, James Burden, Rita Viscount, Regina Gudelis and Bill Walters; at Artopia Gallery & Framing (188 Christina St. N.) which will be showcasing new ceramic work by Natalie Prevost from 6 to 9 p.m.; and at Cowboys & Indians (121 Christina St. N.) which will feature works by several talented local First Nations artists until 9 p.m.

For those seeking to achieve a spring nirvana of sorts, The Cove Wellness (140 Front St. S.) will be hosting a Gentle Yoga Karma Class at 5:30 p.m. Those interested in participating need to reserve a space beforehand by calling or texting 519-330-3060 (under-17s require parental consent). Following the yoga session, the Cove Wellness will have refreshments and a ‘meet the team’ session from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Speaking of yoga, Cafe Yoga (150.5 Front St. N., suite 7) will be starting off a weekend of Sacred Geometry with art, music, hot drinks and plenty of good vibes from 7 to 9 p.m.

Music lovers can sink their teeth into a number of concerts during First Friday as well. Dynamic local power-trio Noise Pollution will be kicking out the proverbial jams and inspiring air guitarists everywhere with their performance at Cheeky Monkey (130 Christina St. N.) from 7 to 9 p.m., with the artwork of Bill Walters hanging around them. Blackmore & Blackmore will once again be rocking out at zZas Pizza Bistro (170 Christina St. N.) from 6 to 9 p.m., while Petrolia-based singer-songwriter Demi Krall will be wowing audiences at One Tooth (155 Front St. N.) from 7 to 9 p.m.

Live music can also be found at Bad Dog Sarnia (229 Christina St. N.) from 8 p.m. to midnight, at the Hawg Bar (117 Christina St. N.) from 9 to 11 p.m. and at Ups’N’Downs (226 Front St. N.) from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. courtesy Dan Butts.

Downtown newbies Parallel Junction (176 Christina St. N.) will be hosting their grand opening on Friday, March 1 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The unique handcrafted gifts and decor store will have snacks, refreshments and giveaways available to all who enter their domain as well as live music by Bruce Clarke.

And for those wanting to dance the night away, The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 62 (286 Front St. N.) will be hosting the Sarnia Kitchen Party Band from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Sarnia This Week
Monday, February 25, 2019

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