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First Friday draws artists to downtown Havasu

March 3, 2019 GMT

The inaugural First Friday Havasu took place Friday evening on McCulloch Boulevard where local artists showcased everything from painting, photography, jewelry making, wood carving, and music.

From Querio Drive to Scott Drive with the Havasu Art Center and Jaque Meng’s Q Art Gallery as anchors, more than 10 different artists lined the downtown street to display their handmade jewelry, do-it-yourself succulent pots, painted rocks, cactus art, desert photographs, carved wood, and much more. Some artists painted and carved at their tables while two high school students played classic rock and country on their acoustic guitars and two-piece drum set.

Sam Nelson, member of the Creative Comrades, said, “I’ve been a part of First Friday in Phoenix, Second Friday in Scottsdale, and Third Friday in Chandler and I can tell you that for this event’s first time, this is fantastic!”

For event organizers Nathan Adler and Aymie Spitzer, it came as a shock how well the community responded to the event.

“We we’re sick of waiting for someone else to put on an event like this so we decided to do it ourselves,” Adler said. “And, here we are with people actually lining the streets. It’s amazing.”

“This isn’t just an art show to sell pieces,” Spitzer said, “We wanted to create a hands-on and interactive experience. Our goal is to get more people involved in the art community and eventually establish an art district right here in downtown.”

With the success of the first First Friday Havasu, Adler, Spitzer and the other five members of their committee should have no problem establishing their goal of an art district in Havasu.

For more information on the First Friday Havasu or other art events and experiences, visit the committee’s Instagram @firstfridayhavasu or check out their site www.firstfridayhavasu.com which is currently under construction but will be up and running after the event is over.