Six spots to check out on the first ‘First Friday’ of the fall semester

Illustration by Steck Von

Illustration by Steck Von

Grab your umbrellas and head over to West Broad St. this Friday for Richmond’s monthly First Friday art walk. Dozens of shops and galleries along Broad will feature artists, musicians, bands, sales and exhibits to check out. Purchase some vintage clothing and one-of-a-kind art pieces or just stop in and see what Richmond creatives have to offer. While there’s plenty of places to check out, it’s hard to know where to start. Featured below are six go-to First Friday spots.

Blue Bones Vintage: 322 W. Broad St.

Sift through racks of vintage clothing, boxes of vinyls — both used and brand new — and jewelry while enjoying music from Dj Mikemetic. Blue Bones will be open until 10 p.m.

68 Home: 5 W. Broad St.

This vintage home goods store is hosting an art show for local artist Kevin Sabo from 6-9 p.m. Sabo will present a painting series titled “Faces.” Wine and music will also be provided.

Rosewood Clothing Co.: 16 W. Broad St.

Stop by Rosewood this First Friday to shop handpicked vintage clothing while sipping on a glass of wine. Upstairs, Rosewood will host VCU graduate Farrah Fox’s photo journal release. Fox’s book, titled “Making Space,” is a 204-page full-color book that features interviews and photos of 10 creatives in their studios. The book will be available for purchase at the release, but you can find more information online at

Gallery5: 200 W. Marshall St.

Gallery5 will host “Glitter and Grit,” a group art show curated by Nico Cathcart featuring work from 11 artists. Georgie Isaacs and the 1960s girl group-esc band Shangri-Lords will also perform. Pieces, prints and jewelry will be available for purchase, and the Go Go Vegan Go! food truck will be parked outside for your culinary pleasure. This free event begins at 7 p.m.

Art 180: 114 W. Marshall St.

Young creatives will showcase summer-long projects at Art 180’s “Freeing the Cage” event from 6-9 p.m. Artists are from local middle schools and Art 180’s Atlas Teen Program. The exhibit will be open from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17.

Black Iris: 321 W. Broad St.

Join Black Iris on First Friday for the opening of Broad Spectrum: The Artists of Sink/Swim Press. Sink/Swim is the brainchild of VCU graduate James Moffitt and emerged from Moffitt’s self-published book, “Swamp Gospels” released in 2009. Sink/Swim functions as a small record label and this show will feature several of its artists.

Katie Bashista, Spectrum Editor 

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