The worldwide First Friday movement, which features a monthly event to support and promote local artists – has arrived in Fargo-Moorhead. On the first Friday of every month, local and regional artists from North Dakota and Minnesota congregate in the corridors of the Moorhead Center Mall to showcase and sell their latest creations.
There’s live music, art demonstrations and plenty of work for sale. The familiar retail space facilitates an easy camaraderie between the artists and the public. The family-friendly atmosphere feels more like a craft fair or an old-time church bazaar than a reverent gallery or museum experience.
According to organizer and local artist Amber Fredericks, this easy interaction between creators and consumers is precisely the point of the event.
“I love meeting and talking to new people,” says Fredericks, who also owns The Basement, a clothing store in the Moorhead Center Mall and creates jewelry for her Pretty Please…with Sugar on Top line, “and this event gives me that opportunity.”
First Friday Fargo-Moorhead had a solid turnout for its inaugural event in December 2012, but there’s plenty of room to grow.
“We have the ability to add about 100 vendors,” says Fredericks, “the mall is bigger than people think. We hope that we can keep the event growing and encourage people to support their local artists, small businesses and community. We would love to have the entire mall filled with vendors.”
Artists interested in participating in the next First Friday Fargo-Moorhead event should contact Amber Fredericks at firstname.lastname@example.org.