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Music, Exhibits, History On Tap For Nelsonville's Final Fridays

Bryan Gibson
Elliot Nicolson

Updated Thu, Jun 27, 2013 11:19 am
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On the last friday of each month (excluding December), Nelsonville's Public Square comes alive for Final Fridays, featuring gallery exhibits, music and more.

This month, Final Fridays is being held in conjunction with the first-ever Athens Arts Hop, part of the Athens Area Homecoming.

The Athens Area Citizens for the Arts has reserved a 55-passenger shuttle bus for the evening, picking up passengers in front of Kinko's (5 North Court Street, Athens) at 5 p.m. and returning from Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 for a single person or $10 for a family. A recorded history tour tape by Sandra Sleight-Brennan will be played en route. Wristbands will be provided.

Here's a rundown of what's happening this month:

Majestic Galleries: 2013 Majestic National Juried Show; 66 works by 41 artists were chosen by juror John Kortlander, professor at Columbus College of Art and Design, selected from over 130 submissions from across the nation. The show includes drawings, paintings, photography and sculpture.

Starbrick Cooperative Gallery: Opening Night, Things I Sold and Wish I Hadn't. Rene Olson re-works some of her favorite creations in clay, paper and printmaking from the last 11 years as a Starbrick member. Also featured: George Williams, a local self-taught 93 year old artist from The Plains. This is the first show of Williams' paintings and wood creations.

Paper Circle: Opening Night, Circling the Square, the Paper Circle’s summer art program’s instructor show

Stuart's Opera House: Free Summer Concert Series with The Royales; beer garden; 7 p.m.

Focus on History: Unique stories, re-enactments and walking tours; learn the fascinating history of the Historic Square in Nelsonville on a self-guided walking tour.

Listen to stories, see re-enactments and uncover the past. Learn about the significant buildings and their original purpose in this thriving, progressive coal-boom town.

Outside on the Square:

• Traditional, historic craft demonstrations by skilled artisans in period costume

• The chance to get your own piece of history appraised by experts from Shamrock Auction Service. Bring your antiques from 6-7 pm for a free appraisal

• Esteemed historian Robert Edgar Ervin, Jackson County author of The John Hunt Morgan Raid of 1863, will be available for discussion and book signing on the square

• Meet William YNO, author of From Out of the Forest, at the Nelsonville Public Library for book discussion and signing

• Blacksmithing demo

The Plaid Butterfly: The History of Soap

Nelsonville Emporium: Displaying pictures of the past along with a timeline of the history of 31 Public Square

Nelsonville Quilt Company: Old quilts and sewing machines on display, many of which are still being used today, as well as quilting demos

Stuart’s Gallery 1879: The Photography of Jason Bash; photos from Stuart's Opera House and the Nelsonville Music Festival

Nelsonville Public Library: Light refreshments and a book talk with local author William "Yno" Brenner from from 6-7:30 p.m. On display: Ephemera from C. Cable & Son Hardware dating back to the 1850s; historical games on the Public Square for kids and families, 6-7 p.m.; book sale with all items 30¢ or $3 for a bag

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The Paper Circle's Anna Tararova helps a budding artist make paper during Final Fridays