First Friday fun continues in August


GRAFTON—August First Friday was a little quieter than usual but still saw a good turnout. Those in attendance shared they believed the Taylor County Fair was the culprit for a slower evening downtown. 

Gallery 62 was certainly jam-packed with folks enjoying the opening of the new show “Working with the Falls” featuring the art of John Clovis.

“Working with the Falls” is compiled of stunning water colors that Clovis did over his 35 years of teaching at Fairmont State University.  Clovis took students from his painting classes to the falls a couple of times a semester for outdoor instruction.

“Over my 35 years of teaching I would take my students to Valley Falls to or three times each semester. I wanted the students to have the challenge of painting moving water and nature at its finest,” said Clovis in his exhibit statement. “Over the years, these paintings came into being through many demos of my own works. I fell in love with the falls.”

The gallery was packed with locals and guests visiting from all over, as many of Clovis’s former students made the drive to see the show. The show brought in many an out of town visitor that has now had a little taste of Grafton and its gorgeous art gallery.

As always, the Taylor County Family Resource Network was on hand at Gallery 62 West to offer a fun craft for the little ones, but all ages were enjoying making their very own waterfall art to take home.    

Cathryne Poling started out a busy Friday with a signing of her book, Mommy Dots, at Espresso Yourself Coffee House during the morning. She then made her way down the street, to attend the Grafton Police Departments “Lunch on Us” held at the fire department.

Poling noted that she was thankful to be invited by Rob Bolyard to set up a table at the luncheon. 

Poling said she was also overwhelmed by the outpouring of support during the signings. She expressed she was especially touched when Grafton Police Chief, Bobby Beltner, purchased not only a book for his own family, but one for every member of his force.

“I mean, what a wonderful thing to do! And what gentlemen. They carried all of my things for me and put my table up,” said Poling. 

To finish up her day, Poling was hosted by the Phillips’ family at Somethin’ Country for another special book signing. Mary and Sparky were also on hand, of course, offering great discounts as well the usual spread of snacks.

Next door, primitives were flying off the shelves at Arts and Treasures, as they offered a deep discount of 75% off of all their primitive merchandise. 

At Espresso Yourself Coffee House, attendees did order up some delicious beverages, but it was mostly ice cream cones being dipped up during the warm August evening. 

The Grafton City Hospital Auxiliary took advantage of the lovely weather and set up outside. They had many great baskets such as a night at the movies, a spa basket, all things Italian and many more set out for their most recent raffle in Toad Hall.

The Taylor County Public library also took advantage of the warm weather and hosted a father/kid’s water balloon fight at the Fetterman Park.

Guests to Grafton and Taylor County had various options for fun on Friday. Organizers are already shifting gears to think about their next First Friday events.

September’s First Friday will take place on September 6, from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

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