First Friday Stroll in Downtown Gets Under Way
by Kati O'Hare
May 03, 2012 | 1269 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Event Expands to Include Late-Night Shopping, Demos, Tastings and Prizes

MONTROSE – The popular monthly Art Walk has expanded into a stroll of downtown that will include prizes, demos, wine tastings and treats at featured businesses.

The city's First Friday Stroll commences Friday, May 4 in downtown Montrose.

“Come on down and bring your friends and family. Make it a night by starting on east Main, visit each gallery and finish at The Pickled Painter for paint and drink specials,” said Yesenia Duncan, owner of A+Y Design and one of the event organizers.

The stroll goes from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with several businesses staying open late.

Participants can get a “passport” at the start and those who get a stamp from at least four participating business will be entered into a drawing for a gift basket to be held at 8:45 p.m. at The Pickled Painter, 209 E. Main St.

First Friday Stroll events include:

• Five businesses –Dahlia Floral Design, Nina Suzanne's, SheShe Boutique and Gallery, Shooter's Paradise and Wild Rose – will stay open until 8 p.m. for Mother's Day shopping.

• A+Y Design Gallery, 513 E. Main St., is having a free wine tasting by Mountain View Winery in Olathe. Enjoy light snacks and meet their monthly artist, Melody Searle, a potter from Olathe, who will demonstrate how to make mugs.

• Around the Corner Art Gallery, 447 E. Main St., is celebrating its fourth anniversary and has selected works from Montrose County School District art students on display. The exhibition kicks off at the First Friday Stroll and will continue through May 18. Displayed works include origami, pottery, photography, sculpture, oil, watercolor and pencil. Each student will be awarded with a scholarship for art supplies, and the gallery's professional artists have been invited to interact with the students. There will be gourmet cupcakes and beverages.

• At The Canyon Gallery, 300 E. Main St., Wil Harmsen will show visitors “Shavano Valley Petroglyph Park” in photos, and The Pour House will feature local wines and be on hand to discuss the different blends.

• The Pickled Painter stays open past 8 p.m.; it is where the Stroll concludes, as people must drop off their passports here by 8:30 p.m. to be entered to win. There will be painting and drink specials.

This summer's other First Friday Strolls are on June 1, July 6 and Aug. 3.

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