Downtown’s next free First Friday art hop will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1. A list of highlights for the February event is below. A complete list of what downtown businesses have on tap for First Friday — including live music, discounts at shops and restaurants, and more — is available on the DDP website.
• Blue Sky Gallery, 8 N. Main St.: Collaborative exhibit and artist reception for Bridgette Bogle and Francis Schanberger. Schanberger will exhibit photographs based on his wanderings around Dayton; Bogle will exhibit abstract paintings in response to Schanberger’s photographs. Call 732-5123.
• CADC, 35 S. St. Clair St.: “Abstract Expressionist” paint party inspired by artist Jackson Pollack and an art auction. Bids can be anywhere from 50 to 75 percent less than the asking price. This month’s auction includes two furniture pieces by Christy Jennewein. The highest bidder on Feb. 1 wins. Call 313-9883.
• Clash Consignments, 521 E. Fifth St.: Opening of an exhibit featuring winter wonderland-themed artwork. Vote for your favorite artist in the show during First Friday; the winning artist will take home a cash prize. Call 241-9434.
• Dayton Society of Painters and Sculptors, 48 High St.: (Open 5 to 8 p.m.) Opening reception of new exhibit, “Salon des Refusés.” This exhibit features work by local artists whose art previously was denied and is a fun way to highlight any artwork that ever has been rejected from a show or gallery. Call 228-4532.
• Grass Roots Enrichment and Wellness Center, 400 E. Fifth St. Suite C: (Open 5 to 8 p.m.) Art byTodd Hulsman, a free introduction to Reiki and massage therapy, hands-on activities for kids, and information on upcoming programs for children, teens and adults. Call 723-6747.
• Sew Dayton, 16 Brown St.: 20 percent off fat quarters (18-by-22 inch cuts of fabric) and unveiling of a collaboration with Amy Kollar Anderson, who is the store’s artist of the month, by making custom zipper pouches and makeup bags out of fabric printed from her artwork. Call 937-234-7398.
• BRIM, 464 E. Fifth St.: Hats from the May Michael Design collection created by local artisans Julia and Samantha Hughes. The collection features fine design, materials and craftsmanship from the ’20s to present day. Call 222-4287.
First Friday is presented by the Downtown Dayton Partnership with support from the Oregon District Business Association, the Ohio Arts Council and WYSO-FM 91.3. The Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website has a complete list of downtown’s arts and cultural amenities, as well as a dining guide, parking map and much more. Download the Find It Downtown mobile search tool for smartphones at http://mobile.downtowndayton.org.