The Indie Made pop-up shop in the Pioneer Building is filled with crafters every First Thursday, but this month, it looked a bit different. The space was barely navigable when it hosted the Kids’ Pop Up Shop. Pint-sized artisans pedaled their wares at booths lining the halls all the way down to restaurant Jenny’s Lunch Line, at the opposite end of the building, displaying everything from tutus to accessories that all ages could enjoy.
Main Street coffeeshop The Crux was devoid of available wall space during Aug. 2’s First Thursday. Paintings of beer cans and Sesame Street characters hung next to bedazzled animal skulls and repurposed skateboards for a group art show, which provided an artsy ambiance for a Harry Potter satire puppet show. The young and not-so-young clutched beverages and laughed at the tale of J.K. Rowling’s characters, which involved a pipe bomb explosion at one point, before the Norwood, Mass., group Harry and the Potters set up for its upbeat rock set and fans flocked to the merch table.
Considering that there were 24 local artists involved with Bricolage’s latest show, Navigate, the shop was relatively quiet at 6 p.m. on First Thursday. Each artist had been given an 11-inch by 14-inch wood panel and was asked to create work on the theme Navigate. The results were all over the proverbial map. Sun streamed through the shop’s front windows as a few First Thursday-goers ambled past Erin Cunningham’s delicate white fake flower piece, Toby Robin’s 3D hipster skull character and Kyler Martz’s antique floating whale boat.
Over at Basement Gallery, First Thursday-ers streamed down the subterranean gallery’s stairs to check out Ben Wilson’s latest solo exhibition. Memorabilia from the attic of Wilson’s mother was propped up on tables and rested on the shiny floor, while Wilson’s vibrant paintings adorned the walls. The exhibit was split into two parts—Memories in Analog and Feelings—both of which emanated a strong sense of nostalgia.
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