Fourth Fridays set to begin in downtown Lee’s Summit

March 28, 2014 

Lee’s Summit’s Adam Garrett, back, poses for his wife, artist Tina Garrett, and others Aug. 23 at Drink & Draw, one of many artistic events going on in downtown Lee’s Summit during Fourth Friday.

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Fourth Fridays in downtown Lee’s Summit are back in full swing beginning tonight (March 28).

The annual arts, music and theater showcase runs from 5 to 8 p.m. on the fourth Friday of each month from March to October.

This year organizers have announced a new exhibit for local artists. Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street, who spearheads Fourth Fridays, seeks 15 artists to turn newspaper racks donated by the Journal into works of art. The challenge is for an artist to creatively repurpose the racks into something for a home or business.

Each creation will be on display for several weeks in the summer, and then auctioned off during a Fourth Friday in October in downtown Lee’s Summit. The artist will retain 50 percent of the proceeds from the sale of their piece, with 50 percent going to the non-profit DLSMS.

Some of the downtown businesses participating in Fourth Fridays tonight will feature cultural arts activities such Drink & Draw where artists can bring their sketchbooks from 6 to 8 p.m. to LMS Wine Creators to draw from a live model. The 318 will celebrate Italia Segreta with Cathryn Hilderbrand Farley showcasing a collection of images on metal inspired by the beauty of Italy and Freeland Photography will present artist Patrick Saunders, who will do a live painting from one of Andrea Grist’s floral arrangements while Melissa Hile plays the cello.

For more information on Fourth Fridays or the artists’ challenge, call 816-246-6598.

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