November First Friday features eclectic art, exquisite music
While November usually brings colder temperatures, local lovers of culture will feel a blast of heat in downtown Sarnia on Nov. 2 as some sizzling art, music and food will be served up during the First Friday Cultural Walkabout.
Cutting-edge, contemporary art will be the name of the game at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (147 Lochiel St.) as the drawings, paintings, sculptures, textiles, zines, mask making and experimental sound improvisation of London graffiti/hip hop artist James Kirkpatrick will be on display at the gallery, with artist demonstrations at 6:45, 7:45 and 8:30 p.m.
For those seeking art you can serve food on, a series of hand-crafted charcuterie boards – made with locally sourced wood and finished with natural beeswax by Sarnia artisan Nathan Cote – will be on display at Artopia Gallery & Framing (188 Christina St. N.) from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts (127 Christina St. S.) will be celebrating members’ art with a multi-media feature entitled Wrap It Up from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition, the Lawrence House will be displaying some traditional rug hooking created by Fran’s Clan in the Turret Room. All the while, pianist extraordinaire Doug Hacking will be tickling the ivories while art lovers peruse through the gallery’s large collection.
Works by Peg Kivi, Regina Gudelis, Rita Viscount and Deborah Scragg will be gracing the walls of the R.W. Lawton Gallery (168 Christina St. N., behind Imperial Theatre Box Office) from 4 to 7 p.m. in an exhibition entitled Large at the Lawton.
Cafe Yoga (150.5 Front St. N, suite 7) will be hosting an art exhibit entitled Sebastien by artist Liz Hubert (with live music by Andrea Max) from 7 to 9 p.m.
And Themptations Hemp Goods and Culture Shop (180 Christina St. N.) will be showcasing the works of local artist Leanne Green until 9 p.m.
The artwork of Jeff ‘Red Dog’ George will be featured at Cowboys & Indians (121 Christina St. N.) from 6 to 9 p.m., the acrylic paintings of Brent VandenBroek will be hanging at Refined Fool (137 Davis St.) throughout the evening while One Tooth (155 Front St.) will be featuring the mitten-art of 4 Friends, a group of retired teachers who make mittens with recycled material. All proceeds raised from the mittens go towards Community Living Sarnia-Lambton.
Local music aficionados will want to head down to Cheeky Monkey (130 Christina St. N.) to take in the sounds of Forest’s own The Forest Pioneers from 7 to 9 p.m. A Celtic/Indie trio influenced by artists as diverse as The Pogues, Sam Cooke and The Lumineers, the highly-entertaining, effervescent group will provide a loud, lively and memorable soundtrack to listeners’ evenings.
While taking in the music of The Forest Pioneers, attendees can also feast their eyeballs on the artwork of Bill Walters, on display at Cheeky Monkey throughout the month of November.
Live music will also be taking place at numerous locales, bistros, venues and watering holes in and around downtown Sarnia on Friday, including the music of local performer Mike Blackmore at zZas Pizza Bistro from 6 to 9 p.m., the music of George Ayers & Gary Wilkins at Vanilla Bean (138 Cromwell St.) from 6 to 9 p.m., Bil Eldridge’s transcendent tunes will be reverberating throughout Ups N’ Downs (226 Front St.) from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. while Bad Dog Sarnia (229 Christina St. N.) will feature the soothing sounds of Renee & Rob from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Walkabout participants will also get the chance to get a trim and make a difference at the same time at Two Zero One Salon (171 Christina St. N.) with full hair cut price donated to the Canadian Cancer Society from 1 to 9 p.m. Survivors and patients will receive free haircuts throughout the day.
A variety of goods will be available for perusal at River Bank & Co. (172 Front St. N.), including items from Red Balloon, Mudd Puddle Soap Company, Personal Touch Eatery and Wick + Bear. The store will be filled with holiday season festivities and will feature musical entertainment by Jasper Blue (Chris Bourke) from 7 to 9 p.m.
Finally, for those looking to dance the November night away, Collide (148 Front St.) will be hosting their rev-el-ree Night from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. with Ben Ainsworth performing from 8 to 11 p.m. and DJ Diskreet onstage from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62 (286 Front St.) will host an evening filled with music and dancing courtesy Lizzy and the Rainmen from 8 p.m. to midnight.
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