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The 1st First Friday

FirstFridayShort201306by Sandy Levine

Artists have always found a home in Nyack. Now there’s a new group which artists and supporters of the arts can call their own. Their first project is on the first Friday of July and will continue on the first Friday of every month until Nyack runs out of art fans and art creators.

First Fridays is the first project from the Nyack Art Collective kicking off on July 5 when local businesses and artists pair up for art exhibitions throughout Nyack. On the First Friday of each month, downtown Nyack will be bustling with art openings in over 39 businesses, interactive “happenings”, body and face painting, music, jugglers and more scattered throughout the village.  More than half of the 30 NAC members will be showing art on July 5 from 5 -8pm.

Who’s in NAC?  The Nyack Art Collective includes greater Nyack area visual artists that share a belief that through unifying, sharing and supporting their artistic process greater creativity will be achieved. NAC is a member owned and managed non- profit group. Our goal is to inspire and support each other, encourage artistic pursuits, provide networking opportunities, foster unity and interaction with our community, as well as promote sales and market our artwork.

(left to right) NAC members Diane Saez, Elaine Schloss and Colleen McGowan at meeting at West Nyack Library.

The founding meeting of the Nyack Art Collective was held on January 2, 2013 at the Nyack Library.  The founding members who attended that meeting are Tracy Kachtick-Anders, Jamie Gaviola, Cynthia Shaw, Jessica Butler, Ray Lagstein, Natalie O’Donnell, Donna Davies Timm and Leigh-Anne Eagerton.

A group show of all of the First Friday participants will be held at Vincent’s Ear at 85 South Broadway.

Want to be part of this group? It’s a $25 membership fee that will help your creativity, your community and the artist inside all of us. For more information contact Tracy Kachtick-Anders at Vincent’s Ear.

First Friday Venues Displaying NAC Artists

  • Casa del Sol-Ray Lagstein
  • Cafe Barcel-Lawrence Hultberg
  • Chocolaterie-Elaine Schloss
  • Burd Street Cafe-Jessica Butler
  • Gena Lisa-Lauren Rudolph
  • Harry’s Burritos-Tracy Kachtick-Anders
  • Johnny Apollo-Lawrence Hultberg
  • Little Flower Shop-Jamie Gaviola
  • Luminesque-Cass McVety
  • Maria Luisa- Colleen McGowan
  • Nyack Tobacco Co-Tony Ziegler
  • Pickwick Book Shop-Bill Batson
  • Pizza Bistro-Tony Ziegler
  • Rj’s-Leigh-Anne Eagerton
  • Saffron-Sandra Levine
  • Sanctuary-Cynthia Shaw
  • Sign of the Times-Tracy Kachtick-Anders
  • Strawberry Place-Hope Sperling
  • Sweet Spot-Natalie O’Donnell
  • Temptations-Natalie Russell
  • Vincent’s Ear-Nyack Art Collective group show

Nyack Businesses Support the Arts of First Friday

  • 42 Main
  • Art Café
  • Dance w Passion
  • Johnny Cakes
  • Lorybird
  • Maura’s kitchen
  • ML Gifts
  • Olive’s
  • Night Owl
  • P Ross
  • Pink Entourage
  • Somos
  • Sour Kraut
  • Starbucks
  • Sweet Spot Candy Shoppe




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