Trick or Treat in Downtown – October 28, 2022

Trick or Treat in Downtown – October 28, 2022

Have you planned a costume yet? šŸ‘» Tag a trick-or-treater and look for posters coming to participating businesses soon!
FAQ’s:
šŸŽƒWhy is trick or treating from 2-5pm? That’s when the majority of businesses are open and able to participate. It may not be a great fit for all families, but we work with over 100 businesses and the FVPD to make it a fun and safe experience for those able to attend.
šŸ§¹What is the best route? For a short trek- visit the Varina District on Broad St. For more treats- hop on your brooms and fly over to the Fuquay District.
ā˜”What if it rains? Due to the nature of the event, it cannot be rescheduled, so practice your best “I’m Melting” witch voices.
BBQ, Blues & Brews – November 12, 2022

BBQ, Blues & Brews – November 12, 2022

BBQ, Blues & Brews – November 12, 2022 12-4 pm at 405 Broad St.Ā 
This FVDA fundraiser can be tricky to say, but if you love anything about the name, you donā€™t want to miss it! Sample delicious BBQ from competing cook teams, sip a unique selection of locally brewed beer, and enjoy live music performances. Tasting tickets are available for pre-purchase, click here.Ā  Due to the nature of the event, dogs are not allowed. This event is rain or shine.
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Sleigh Rides In Downtown – December 1, 2022

Sleigh Rides In Downtown – December 1, 2022

Add a little magic to your holiday with a ride on a horse drawn sleigh! Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association will host a ticketed Sleigh Ride on Thursday, December 1st from 6:00 ā€“ 8:00 pm during the Town Christmas Tree Lighting. Tickets are distributed to Sponsors & Friends of Downtown in the weeks before the event. Fast Passes are distributed as a thank you Friends of Downtown that support the nonprofit, FVDA.Ā  Remaining tickets are available first come first serve basis to the public at a ticket sale Tuesday night, November 29 beginning at 5:00 pm at The FV Arts Center – 123 E. Vance Street and as supplies last Wednesday, November 30 from 9 am to 2 pm at Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association – 108 Raleigh St. Lap children (3 and under) do not need a ticket. Tickets are $5 per ticket/max of 4 per purchasing adult.
For info about becoming a Friend, please visitĀ www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.

First Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Jermaine Powell

First Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Jermaine Powell

Presenting the First Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Jermaine Powell ofĀ JP Jermaine Powell Art Brand.

When the pandemic forced theĀ Fuquay-Varina Community LibraryĀ to close, Jermaine and his children missed their frequent visits to get books. As we imagined what the Paint-Off event would look like if artists were unable to paint street scenes in downtown, we thought of other locations around town that would be of interest to an artist to paint at home from a photo we could send. When we sent artists the list of possibilities, Jermaine responded within minutes…excited at the opportunity to paint a spot that means so much to his family. He visited the library with his two youngest volunteers, enjoying books in a different, but very special way that will always be a reminder of the times we were in.

The painting is currently displayed at theĀ Fuquay-Varina Arts CenterĀ for public viewing as part of theĀ En Plein Air Art Walk & Auction – FVDowntown. It will be available to bid on beginning Thursday, July 16th. A public art canvas will be installed on a downtown building and prints available for purchase.

Jermaine is a past Paint-Off participant and painted atĀ Falcon ParkĀ last year. You can purchase prints of the ball game at our Love Local store atĀ www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com

We are forever thankful to Jermaine and the artists that helped us rewrite the story of the 2020 Paint-Off.

 

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Second Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Lyudmila Lucy Tomova

Second Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Lyudmila Lucy Tomova

Presenting the Second Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off: Lyudmila Lucy Tomova!

“Horses!” “Are there horses at the barn? I would love to paint that! Could I go there and take pictures?” Lyudmila could hardly contain her excitement to be part of the event, much less paint one of her favorite subjects. One of the paintings she submitted to the jury was of several colorful horses. The infamous rescue horses at the Starry Night Barn on James Slaughter Road would become her subjects. Lyudmila connected with the owner and arranged a visit during a riding lesson.

The painting is currently displayed at the Fuquay-Varina Arts Center for public viewing as part of theĀ En Plein Air Art Walk & Auction – FVDowntown. It will be available to bid on beginning Thursday, July 16th. A public art canvas will be installed on a downtown building and prints available for purchase.

Lyudmila is a past winning Paint-Off participant including a patio scene that was selected as one of the downtown banners for theĀ Town of Fuquay-Varina. She recently painted a scene of the mural onĀ Tsuru Sweets & CoffeeĀ and had several firefighters pose with a truck for a painting the year before that. You never know what an artist will be inspired by ; ) Both works will be made into public art canvases and installed. You can purchase prints at our Love Local storeĀ www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.

Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off:Ā Tonia Gebhart

Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off:Ā Tonia Gebhart

Presenting the Third Place Winner of the 2020 En Plein Air Paint-Off:Ā Tonia Gebhart – The Barefoot Artist.

In the midst of the stay at home order, Tonia began aĀ host of landscaping projects.Ā Garden HutĀ was her first choice of the locations proposed to artists, noting “it’s my favorite place!” Visiting with artists as they paint in downtown is one of our favorite parts of the event. Watching the blooms come to life as she joined us live on Instagram was a delight.

The painting is currently displayed at theĀ Town of Fuquay-VarinaĀ for public viewing as part of theĀ En Plein Air Art Walk & Auction – FVDowntown. Bidding begins Thursday, July 16th. A public art canvas will be installed on a downtown building and prints will be available for purchase.

Tonia is a past Paint-Off winner. You see her painting of Mack, the FVFD vintage fire truck installed as public art on the side ofĀ Chocolate Fix. A few years ago, she painted a beautiful scene atĀ Flowers on Broad Street. That public art canvas has been retired, but prints of Tonia’s work can be found on our Love Local store atĀ www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com. Ā Nelsa, we can’t wait to have a view of the Garden Hut in downtown!

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