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A unique and busy First Friday

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Cathy Dobson

If you take in First Friday Aug. 4, a fairly rare event is happening at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery (JNAAG) that incorporates live performers, painting and Canadian authors.

Kind of a cultural hat trick.

Gallery volunteers plan to host singing docent tours of the John Hartman exhibition titled “Many Lives Mark This Place.”

A new JNAAG exhibition features John Hartman’s paintings of Canadian authors and the places that inspire them.

The gallery has had docents for years who provide insight into the exhibits with their tours. On occasion, they are inspired to present the tour in song.

Starting at 7 p.m., JNAAG visitors are welcome to sing along with the docents as they view Hartman’s portraits of Canadian authors and the places that inform their writing. Or they can just listen, learn and enjoy.

“The singing docent tour highlights the ways that different artistic mediums can complement each other, while also providing a dynamic way to access and interact with the exhibition,” says JNAAG’s curator Sonya Blazek.

Among Hartman’s subjects are Esi Edugyan, Ruth Ozeki, M.G. Vassanji, Thomas King, Lisa Moore, Neil Bissoondath, Susan Swan and David Macfarlane.

On First Friday, the gallery is open from 11 a.m – 9 p.m. and is located at the corner of Lochiel and Christian streets.

JNAAG is one of numerous downtown locations participating in the August cultural walkabout known as First Friday. They are offering a wide array of live music, art, food, drink and crafts.

Here is a listing of what’s happening:

Live Music and Dancing with Cornerstone, 7 – 11 PM
Sarnia Legion Branch 62
286 Front Street North

Beer Store Money performs live, 8 – 11 PM
Bad Dog Sarnia
229 Christina St. N.

Live Music, 8 – 11 PM
Ups N’ Downs
226 Front Street North

Latin Dance Night by Latin Fire, 7 – 11 PM
Café Mexico
216 Front Street North

Live Music by Isabelle Elise, 6:30 PM
Art by Ishamdeep
196 Christina Street North

Humans of Lambton Exhibition Opening till 9 PM
Nico Williams Biskaabiiyang / Returning to Ourselves
Many Lives Mark This Place, John Hartman
Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery
147 Lochiel Street

Summer T-shirts & Tunes at the ReFound Store
The ReFound Store
161 Lochiel Street

Crafty Crossman – Custom Drinkware till 9 PM
The Local Pick
176 Christina Street North

Latte Art Throw Down 6 – 8 PM
Blackwater Coffee Company
Proudly serving our fresh roasted coffee to Sarnia’s Downtown for over 25 years!
177 Christina St N

Bedard’s Beeworks Pop Up  4 – 8 PM
Products by Sparta Lavender Farm will be available!
New Mixed Media Paintings by Jenn Bain on view and for sale!
River Bank & Co.
172 Front Street North

Live Music with Brett & Brean at Collide Lounge 7 – 10:30 PM
followed by DJ After Party / $5 cover after 9 PM
Collide by Revelree
148 Front Street North

Interactive Art Show 4 – 9 PM
Studio 140 on the Mezzanine
Downtown Market
140 Christina Street North
Experience a taste of Italy 5 – 8 PM
Andre Proia performs live accordion music
Enjoy hot take-away arancini
Alfredo’s Pasta Boutique
163 Cromwell Street

FOOL FEST!!! Outdoor Live Music starting at 6pm
The Summer of Dragons with Josh Douwes Art

New menu online at www.refinedfool.com/davis
Refined Fool Brewing Co.
137 Davis Street

Live Music on the Patio with Emily and Jules 6 – 8 PM
Backhome Coffee
112 Christina St S

Make of the Month
Home Sweet Home Keyholder, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Sarnia Library
124 Christina St. S.

Breaking Free Exhibition Opening of Members’ Art
Open Stage Hosted by Cynthia Fay 6 – 9 PM
The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts
127 Christina Street South

Also, open later than usual for First Friday:
Harbour Bay Clothing
186 Front Street North
Open until 7 PM

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