Fortuna First Friday destined to make a lot of noise

Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer

Beacon Correspondent

As Friday creeps up on the community, Fortuna First Friday is stacking up the entertainment in the form of multiple artists, local businesses, and lots of great music. The work of the Downtown Merchant Association and the Fortuna Business Improvement District has paid off for the Sept. 7 event.

The event is a product of Main Street Art Gallery owner Chuck Bowden, who began an open night art showing in the beginning of 2012. With the support of the other businesses, it has become a "First Friday" art event throughout the year.

There are several businesses that will be open late and showcasing an artist or music, or both. Other businesses will be open late and have discounts on merchandise.

Cindy's Styling center at 1021 N St. will be hosting music by DJ Williams of Amplified Productions. Humboldt Healthy Foods at 899 Main St. will feature live music by Jordan Dvar. Cuddly Bear at 571 10th St. will have an acoustic jam night.

Some locations are supporting the evening's events by staying open later: Bartow's Jewelers at 651 12th St., Christy's Heritage Villa at 1125 Main St., Mind Mine at 734 10th St., and the Antique Depot at 1122 Main St.

Other locations are offering discounts or free items. Beverage Plus Foods at 1221 Main St. is offering a 20 percent discount off of all local Humboldt County wines. For those who get heated up by the hot music and flashy art displays, Fortuna Pet Shoppe at 650 11th St. will be serving free slushies. JH & Company, a longtime business at 557 Ninth St., will be having a monthlong manicure and pedicure combo special. When the urge hits to wet your whistle, The Playroom at 1109 Main St. is offering happy hour prices for Fortuna First Friday visitors. To wrap up the offerings from businesses without artwork, Trendz at 1021 Main St. will have a live air-brushing demonstration by Bo Derringer.

What most art lovers are coming out for are the extensive art displays throughout the businesses. Color Impressions at 1010 Main St. will have art by Paula Redtfeldt. Cowlicks at 1041 Main St. is hosting a photography show. Downtown Storefront Art Gallery, on Main Street between 11th and 12th streets, is hosting art by Anita Tavenier, Emma McDowell, Ginny Dexter, Natalia Drew, Elaine Gredassoff, Abbie Parrott, Louanna Johnson and Susan Schuessler.

Ferndale Jewelers at 1020 Main St. will be hosting art by Dakota's Designs. Fortuna Art & Old Things at 1026 Main St. will be displaying watercolors, oils, pen, and ink art of Tani Johnson. Furniture Den & Design at 1156 Main St. will be mixing it up with photography by Gina Mobley, "Alphabet Soup Art" and acrylic and oil paintings by Penny Fregeau.

Krafter's Kozy Korner Gifts at 1103 Main St. will be displaying Tina Helton's Earthen Vessels Pottery. Rain All Day Books at 1136 Main St. will be sharing the art of Abby Perrot. Strehl's Family Shoes and Repair at 1155 Main St. will be sharing the artwork of Richard Leamon. Leamon will also be displayed at Taco Loco at 955 Main St., along with Brian Bishop, a modern art sculptor. The Fortuna Art Council will be representing their members at the Surrell Building located at 1100 Main St.

As the evening kicks off, you can find music and art at Fortuna Music Mart at 1040 Main St. while they feature the art of R.E. Goldburg while the air is filled with music by Winema Winds Woodwind Quintet. Moore's Sleep World at 906 Main St. will be swinging to the jazz tunes of Blue Lotus while featuring the art of Stanford Pyron. Precision Intermedia at 1012 Main St. will be showing the watercolors of Valerie Carmen and Oils and Photography of Mark Wells while rocking out to live '80s and original music by Band Melange.

Main Street Art Gallery at 1006 Main St. will feature Chuck Bowden, "9/11 Truth Show," "Revolutionary Realism," "1920 Photos of the Barnum & Bailey Circus," and the live music of Attila.

So come on down to Fortuna Sept. 7 from 6-9 p.m. for a wide range of entertainment and art by local artists. If you have questions or would like more information contact fortunadowntown@sbcglobal.net, fbid@fortunabusiness.com, or call Diana at 725-9261.

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