Art, music and more in Gadsden to kick off Labor Day weekend

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The Gadsden Museum of Art will host a Friday opening reception for two exhibits as Gadsden Inc.’s town center hosts First Friday events to kick off the latest long holiday weekend of summer.

Finding a Way Home by Cynthia Wagner will be on display in the main gallery on the first floor of the museum, and The Angry Black Woman/A Black Hole in A White Space by Phoebe Burns will be on display in the Courtyard Gallery, also on the first floor. .

The Wagner exhibition is a collection of multimedia pieces drawn from different bodies of work. Wagner describes herself as a visual storyteller, telling stories through several artistic mediums. She uses a combination of painting, photography, digital collage, found objects and a variety of other mixed media, to explore “similarities in how the human brain and computer technology create fictional worlds”. .

Burns’ exhibition is made up of two distinct bodies of work. The Angry Black Woman is a multimedia exhibition exploring the side of the black woman’s experience that is almost not told in depth, according to information from the artist. “Black women are more than just an angry, loud stereotype,” the promotional material explains. “They feel joy, excitement, fear, frustration and yes, anger.”

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The final first Friday of summer will be in the afternoon when the classic cars roll through Gadsden town center and the inner lanes of Broad Street. The event, from 6 to 9 p.m., will feature live music and food vendors, with downtown shops, restaurants and entertainment venues open late to accommodate attendees.

Entertainment will include Little Elvis at Second and Broad; Damascus Road in Third and Broad, Matt Harvey Band in Fourth and Broad, Valley Road in Fifth and Broad and the Anniston Line Dancers in the 600 block.

After the town center festivities, the town of Gadsden will host the last of 2022’s summer concert series, featuring Tyme, covering classics from the 1960s and 1970s. The concert takes place from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Mort Glosser Amphitheater. Cushions and coolers are welcome for this event.

First Friday and the Summer Concert Series are free events.

First Friday guidelines: no pets, no coolers or glass containers, no skateboards or rollerblades, and no advertising or fundraising.

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