First Friday Art Walk is creating an art community of excellence on the Historic Marietta Square. Along with more than 30 merchants hosting artists in their stores, this year’s First Friday Art Walk will feature Artists’ Alley, an intimate exhibit of juried artists showing a wide variety of styles.
The Marietta Square will be the place to be April 3, May 1, June 5, August 7, September 4 and October 2. Each of the participating First Friday merchants will stay open until 8 p.m. and will host in-store events.
First Friday Art Walk will be held the same evenings from 6-9 p.m. Art galleries will be featured, and merchants will display local, original works of art in their shops.
Art Walk maps, which denote what locations are featured and what artists will be spotlighted that evening, are available at each participating merchant, at the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau, located near the Square and online.
At each Art Walk stop, you’ll have your map stamped. After you finish the Walk, turn in your completed map with 10 locations stamped, to the Art Walk Headquarters at the DK Gallery, 25 West Park Square, for a free gift bag.
The Historic Marietta Trolley will run a free shuttle service from 6-8 p.m. to make it easier to get to all the Art Walk stops. Again this year, the Historic Marietta Trolley Company and Ghosts of Marietta will team up for “Scary-etta,” the trolley ghost tour. The tour will depart Trolley Headquarters, 131 Church Street, at 8 p.m.
First Friday on the Square and the First Friday Art Walk will be held rain or shine.
Parking is available on the Square, in the Mill Street lots, and free parking is available in the Cherokee Street Parking Deck. Admission to the Art Walk is free. Handicapped parking is available.
There will be no First Friday in July, as Marietta celebrates its 175th anniversary and America’s independence in the Park.
For more information about “Scary-etta,” call the Historic Marietta Trolley Company at 770-425-1006 or visit mariettatrolley.com.
For more information about First Fridays and the First Friday Art Walk, call the Marietta Welcome Center & Visitors Bureau at 770-429-1115 or visit artwalkmarietta.com.