Downtown will be the place to be on Friday March 5 when the First Friday Art Walk unveils new art, live music, artist demonstrations, local and international exhibits, and fun for all ages and interests in 22 participating galleries. For more information, including a complete list of participating venues, call 849-8255; visit www.ffaw.org; or check out the Art Walk page on Facebook.Among the highlights for March 5:• The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, will present "Translations," featuring paintings and silk screen prints by Ellen Baird, plus live music by local pianist Meredith Taylor.• Paintings, drawings and prints by Mike Lyon at Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., with an Artist’s Talk 6-7 p.m. • Get a fresh take on art at Fresh Gallery, corner of Campbell and Walnut, with featured artists Clarissa French and Joy Hyde, who work in photography/digital art and acrylics, respectively. • Hawthorn Galleries, 214 E. Walnut St., will feature new work by painter Dave Bennett. Meet the artist and enjoy live music by Gail Morrissey and Victoria Johnson of Stringfield.• MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., hosts a unique exhibit from ITESO School of Design, a Jesuit University in Springfield's Sister City, Tlaquepaque, Mexico. View work by ITESO students and faculty in this one-of-a-kind show.• Stop by Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., for "Mosaic Perspective: An Eclectic Art Exhibit" by area university MBA students, plus artwork by URevolution and live contemporary acoustic music from four local musicians.• MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill St., continues its show, "Accidental Mysteries: Extraordinary Vernacular Photographs" from the collection of longtime folk art collectors John and Teenuh Foster. • At Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., Gabe and Terry Bloodworth will demonstrate new techniques Gabe learned from the master glass artists at the Corning Glass Center.
Also, local band The North Decade will perform at the Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, from 7:00 to 8:15pm during the Art Walk on Friday March 5th.