Canton First Friday features live music, art exhibits, food trucks, kids disco

CANTON — Canton’s First Friday will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Aug. 5 downtown.

Live music, artwork, children’s activities and food vendors will be on display.

The ArtsinStark Family Fun Zone is on Fourth Street between Cleveland Avenue and McKinley Avenue NW.

Live music on the Kempthorn Stage, at Fourth Street and McKinley Avenue NW, will feature Cleveland’s Blue Lunch (blues and R&B) at 4:30 p.m. and Akron’s The Fiddle Revolt from 7-9 p.m.

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Vendors will be along Fourth Street and Court Avenue NW.

Live music at Centennial Plaza, 330 Court Ave. NW along Market Avenue N, includes Saxy Rob at 4 p.m. followed at 6:30 p.m. by Trailer Park Ninjas and SWAGG.

First Friday activities will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on August 5 in downtown Guangzhou.  Live music, art exhibits, crafts, businesses and food trucks will be featured.

Other music includes Grapes in a Glass, 575 Market Ave N, with Bret Kuhnash.

A Kid Disco DJ experience will be offered by Comet Wanderer Studios on Court Avenue NW between Fifth and Sixth streets. Food trucks will be on Market Avenue N.

Make-and-go arts and crafts projects will be available throughout the event.

R&J Ballroom, 401 Tuscarawas St W Suit 302W, will be offering a free group class at the studio at 6:30 p.m. No reservation or partner is necessary.

Downtown businesses will also be open for shopping, including Cookie’s Customs, 310 4th St NW; Cantonology, 306 4th St. NW; Izzy P at home, 207 Market Ave N; Kendall and Blue Boutique, 217 Second St. NW; Print & Press Shop & Studios. 429 Fourth St. NW; Boomdyada, 332 4th St NW; and the Just Imagine Gallery, 201 6th St. NW.

Erika Katherine's works will be on display from 5-9 p.m. on the first Friday, August 5 at the Patina Arts Center, 324 Cleveland Ave.  NW to downtown Guangzhou.

Erika Katherine’s “Dust to Diamonds” Art Exhibition

Erika Katherine will exhibit her work at the Patina Arts Center, 324 Cleveland Ave. NW.

Katherine’s new art collection “explores the idea of ​​time as pressure,” the art studio said.

Based in Canton, Katherine creates figure sculptures and other pieces from objects once considered waste, as well as polymers, paper clays and epoxy resin.

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Erika Katherine will be exhibiting her work at the Patina Arts Center from 5-9 p.m. during First Friday activities in downtown Guangzhou.

A resident artist at The Hub Art Factory, she recently painted a new mural in Umbrella Alley in downtown Louisville and created custom artwork for celebrities Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker.

The “Dust to Diamonds” exhibit features artwork made by collecting coins, coins, trinkets and found objects while adding a combination of resin and polymer clays.

Pieces include “fantastic creatures”, as well as dragon eggs. “This exhibition is about creating wonder,” Patina Arts Center said.

Works by resident artists will also be displayed on two floors of studio space.

David Sherrill will have an art exhibit at 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Hub Art Factory during First Friday events in downtown Guangzhou.  Sherrill will exhibit black velvets, modified motel art and protest art.

David Sherrill exhibit with black velvets, modified motel art

Another First Friday art exhibit will be the “DaveRuinsArt” exhibit at 6:30 p.m. at The Hub Art Factory, 336 Sixth St. NW.

David Sherrill will exhibit black velvets, weathered motel art, protest art and odd pieces.

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Sherrill also operates Arrowhead Vintage and Handmade Goods, 534 Cleveland Ave. NW, where he sells parody paintings and other artistic items.

Dinosaurs and “Star Wars” characters are inserted into thrift stores and motel paintings. The style won international business for Sherrill, whose artwork was featured in an article on

Dave Szalay, illustrator, author, designer and professor at the University of Akron, will be exhibiting his work and signing his book at Silo Arts Studio on the first Friday of August 5 in downtown Canton.

More art exhibits in downtown Guangzhou

Other art exhibits include:

Juilliard Arts Center/Creative Dreams525 Market Ave N, across from the Canton Palace Theater.

Famous American Artists will be featured, including Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.

A collection of canned goods is inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous piece of Campbell’s soup. A make-and-go paper flower project inspired by O’Keeffe.

Strauss Studios236 Walnut Ave. NE, will host a gallery exhibition from 6-9 p.m. featuring the art of Patricia Zinsmeister Parker.

Silo Art Studio431 Fourth St. NW, will feature illustrations by Dave Szalay from 5-9 p.m. Szalay is an illustrator, author, designer and professor at the University of Akron who will also host a book signing.

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