Art Walk in Downtown

Art Walk in Downtown

Head Downtown this weekend and take an Art Walk! See the winning En Plein Air canvases ūüé®find artists painting in this year’s event ūüźÖspot Bengal Tigers on Parade and other works that have become part of the growing arts scene in downtown. ūüö∂From start to finish, it’s just over a mile and there are over 100 local businesses to discover along the way!

Printable Art Walk Map



2018 En Plein Air Paint- Off

2018 En Plein Air Paint- Off

En Plein Air paint-off is an exciting free outdoor event, sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown as a way to support artists in our area and bring public art to our streets.

Friday and Saturday afternoon a contest of skills will challenge each artist to create an original painted masterpiece of Fuquay-Varina Downtown’s historic landscape. On Saturday evening a public auction will be held where art enthusiasts will have a chance to take home one of these treasures.

Friday, May 4th: Artists begin to paint in both downtown districts

Saturday, May 5th:
Morning & Late Afternoon: Artists finalize paintings
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Paintings will be judged
6:00PM – Public viewing inside Ann’s Diamond Center
6:30 PM: Winners Announced. Public Auction begins on Depot Street

Discover the work of our 2018 Artists through their sites below &
 look for them painting LIVE in & around Downtown!
We hope you enjoy the scenes and  landmarks that have a place in the story of Fuquay-Varina!
Follow us for sneak peaks on Instagram @fvdowntown
Share your En Plein Air pics #fvdowntown

2018 En Plein Air Printable Tour Map

Printable Art Walk Map

Veronica Samuel
Varina District

Artist Sponsors:
Mary Kelly Craspe
Hamby Family Dentistry

Varina District

Artist Sponsors:
John & Michelle Braxton
Floyd & Tiffany Taylor

Centennial Square
102 E Academy St
Artist Sponsors:
Merle Norman
Myra Greene
Anne Smith

FV Museums- Ashworth Park
Heritage Day
114 S Aiken St
Artist Sponsors:
Marilyn Gardner
Max & Betty Ashworth
Stephen M. Strader CPA
FV Museums-Ashworth Park
Heritage Day
114 S Aiken St
Artist Sponsors:
Mollie Stephenson
Senter, Stephenson & Johnson, PA
FV Arts Center
123 E Vance St
Artist Sponsors:
John & Patty Byrne
FV Woman’s Club

Ballentine-Spence House
109 E Spring St
Artist Sponsors:
Paul & Jessica Kaplar

Medrith Nuttle
Christofferson Home
504 E Academy St
Artist Sponsors:
Eric & Mary Christofferson
Beth Austin
Amico-Hunsberger House
508 E Academy St
Artist Sponsors:
Ann Marie Amico & Jim Hunsberger
Gloria Powell
Something You Boutique
511 Broad St
Artist Sponsors:
Huff & Huff Family Dentistry
Morgan & Perry Law, P.L.L.C.
Adcock Law Firm, PA
202 E Academy St
Artist Sponsors:
John & Cara Adcock
FV Garden Club
Depot Street
Fuquay District
Artist Sponsors:
Ashworth’s Clothing
Breathing Space
McCormick Family Dentistry
TE Connectivity- Tobacco Barn Park
8000 Purfoy Rd
Artist Sponsors:
John & Sally Stewart
Fred & Rachel Walters
TE Connectivity
Fuquay District
Artist Sponsors:
Massengill Design Build
FV Woman’s Club
An Evening with Friends of Downtown

An Evening with Friends of Downtown

Inline image 2We had the opportunity to host our first Friends of Downtown Thank You party! Our thanks to Felecia Hipp for use of the space and to all of you that helped us celebrate the 25th year of the organization! FVDA’s Roaring 20’s Speakeasy is now on the books!

Joseph Fasy, of¬†Hook and Cleaver Market on Broad, has been a big part of revitalization efforts in downtown and helped us by donating a variety of era appropriate foods for our guests. You should have seen the¬†sparkle in his eyes when we told him the plan. It’s no wonder he was just mentioned in¬†Southern Living¬†and continues to do amazing things in the food industry.

The ladies were dazzling, the gentlemen dapper and Mr. Goodboothprovided the perfect spot to capture the shenanigans. Always a privilege to work with someone who strives to help your event and guests look their best- such a fun addition to any occasion! Thanks Jebb Graff!

Many others to thank for helping us make this evening possible including our Board of Directors for their time and contributions to the event.

Our local breweries: Aviator Brewing Company, Fainting Goat Brewing Company, The Mason Jar Lager Company

And local businesses that helped us with treats, decor and prizes!
Chocolate Fix
SUR Furniture
KnB’S Marketplace
4 Tour Farm
Raleigh Rum Company

We all enjoyed the jazzy sounds of Floyd’s Boys Band, a group of local students that put on a great show! There was even a little dancing…

We can’t wait for the next Friends of Downtown event! In the meantime, be on the look out for the downtown event posts and the yearly event card in your water bill and in local businesses. Our thanks to individuals,¬† non-profits, businesses, the¬†Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce¬†and¬†Town of Fuquay-Varina¬†for all they do to make this a great community!

Build Community.  Support Local.

Build Community. Support Local.

Photo by Jebb Graff |
Production stills and some food photography from the filming of a Flavor, NC episode featuring Chef Joseph Fasy of Hook and Cleaver Market on Broad. Location: Fuquay Mineral Spring Inn and Garden

Build community. Support local. That’s our mission as a non-profit in downtown. We have the pleasure of working with hundreds of talented professionals. Thankfully, they share their talents with us and other groups they are called to help. We couldn’t do what we do without their help and support.

Most importantly, they share those talents with each other to help one another grow and support each other’s goals. After all, that’s a big part of what support local means. When you support them as well, it means even more. Build community. Support local. You never know how far your simple act or contribution will reach.

Saying Goodbye to David Anthony’s

Saying Goodbye to David Anthony’s

Miss¬†Eleanor…she’s spending her last Saturday in the shop today after 29 years at¬†David Anthony’s.
Over the last few weeks, we had a few opportunities to spend time visiting with her and listen to stories she and her customers had to tell. We heard about the generations of families that had been registered there as they started their lives as newlyweds. The care that Eleanor took to set up a registry table and work with the bride and groom. The detail that went in to wrapping a gift and having it ready for someone attending a shower or going to the wedding. Some say she was the one who married the people in Fuquay. Then she helped with baby gifts!

We asked how many couples she had worked with…she laughed that she had no idea, but there were binders full of them. During another visit, she found one and shared it with us. She’d attended some of the weddings, remembered the china patterns of others.

For any occasion, she would help you find just what you needed. Some shoppers joked there might have been a few purchases that husbands didn’t know about. They all wished her the best in retirement. Eleanor has worked hard for all of us and deserves a little time to relax, that’s for sure. And though the store is just about empty, the air is thick with memories.

For all you’ve done for all of us and this place we call Downtown…Thank you