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Thursday, January 16, 2014

THIS Friday Downtown!


January 17th, 2014 is another 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury, from 5-8pm. 3rd Friday keeps rocking all winter long, just with a slightly different format. Artists and Vendors are now located inside The Powell Building and Parker Place Building on the Plaza. The winter set-up allows us to highlight more Fine Art, since an indoor setting means... well... we have walls! The restaurants and shops are open, and special events are happening all over Downtown, so it's the perfect time for a night out.

In the Powell Building, on the Plaza, we will have fine artists, jewelry artists, and a very special fine art showcase by Jason Kaminski. Jason has worked all over the country in a myriad of aspects of Art and Design, and while he has had individual works featured in galleries across the US, this will be Jason's first time doing a complete solo show. Jason's move to Salisbury, about a year ago, spurred a period of refocus on his art, and 3 rd Friday is ecstatic that he chose us for his debut showcase. "I chose 3rd Friday to support local art awareness. I could have gone a lot of places, but I really believe in what they are doing. It is my hope that this show will help bring more people to 3rd Friday and keep creativity alive in our community" says Jason. Jason's work is astounding; hand-drawn, large scale images will have you betting they are photographs. His hyper-realistic details, together with pulp noir grit and a distinct point of view, make his works impossible to ignore. He even did a special piece just for this Friday, collaboration with a local model Chelsea Eline, local poet Ghost Gardener, and a local tattoo artist Cyrus High, to recreate the classic "pin-up" icon, with a twist. The special edition print was created just for this show, and will be available for sale. Some of Jason's work will also be shown beginning February 5th at the Kent Island Federation of the Arts in the "Human Form' show. He is currently working on a new collection entitled "Fractures", which is a multi-medium exploration to expose the many faces of the human soul.

In the Parker Place Building, at the very bottom of the Plaza, more arts and crafts vendors will be set up. We've outgrown our Powell Building space and are so grateful to have a whole other space to use! So stop by, and check out local artists, crafters, jewelry makers, glass blowers, potters and more! Parker Place will also host The 3rd Friday Winter Acoustic Jam, presented by B&B Music, and SWAC will also be there hosting "Winter Arts and Crafts for The New Year!

In the Gallery Building, Art Institute and Gallery will be opening their first show of the New Year. The "Black & White Exhibition" opens on 3rd Friday, and also features a solo exhibit by Kurt Reddersen. Maya Bella's Pizzeria, everyone's favorite place to grab a quick bite on 3rd Fridays, will be offering free garlic knows with every 18" pizza! Dinner and a show!
Other special events are happening all over Downtown this 3rd Friday. Its Vinyl Night at Main Roots Coffee, just bring in your favorite record to play, and enjoy a hot coffee! It's like an Open Mic, with records. Season's Best Antiques is hosting a Countdown to the Super Bowl Party with a vendor chili cook off, and tons of sales. Brew River is welcoming back one of Salisbury's most celebrated athletes, Fernando Guerrero. The Middleweight boxer will return to his adopted hometown for a picture and autograph session from 5-8 p.m. "I want to tell everybody that I'm forever going to be a Salisbury and an East Coast person. I never want them to forget that. I might go down, but I'm always going to get up and become that champion." The southpaw won a silver medal at the National Golden Gloves Tournament and won the National AAU championship at middleweight in 2006 as an amateur. As a professional he has been a featured fighter on Showtime's ShoBox: The New Generation and ESPN's Friday Night Fights. The event is free and open to the public.

The Downtown Firehouse will also be hosting a special event. The Students of Wicomico County's Elementary TAD (Thinking and Doing) Gifted and Talented Program have recently completed a unit of study that included regional planning and architecture decision-making and skills. The students engaged in real life problem solving challenges as they created detailed plans for the undeveloped property at 500 Riverside Drive. The students performed interviews and studied various architecture styles and techniques. Over 200 students, in 30 teams created final proposals explaining their findings and recommendations for the property, complete with include bubble diagrams, blueprints and sketches. They will present their ideas to architects from various architectural firms in our community, and the public during 3rd Friday. The TAD Program and 3rd Friday are very excited to work together on this presentation. What a great way to bring all these kids Downtown, and to house their revitalization project's presentation in the Firehouse, the most recent poster-building for Downtown Revitalization.
Close out the night with a stop at one of Downtown's Bars and Restaurants. Roadie Joes' Bar and Grill will be rocking out with Groove Joose from 6pm -9pm and DJ Rusty Griswald from 10pm to Close. Cellar Door Tavern will also have the MREs, one of 3Fs favorite acoustic groups, live starting at 9pm. Mojo's and Market Street will both have live entertainment as well, and great drink specials!

3F is an all-volunteer effort, a downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District Committee. There is no charge for local artists to set up, but online advance registration is required. For information: Visit


Anonymous said...

I think the bury needs a big bicycle and running race with sponsors putting up 10 grand and pack this city on a weekend!

Anonymous said...

I;m not gay. And i really am uncomfortable among them. Do I have to go?

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:39. $100 says you don't live in Salisbury and don't participate in anything. Stay gone. We all prefer it that way.