First Friday's first anniversary

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Story, photo and video by Caley Bedore

Part of one exhibit has visitors claim a coin for the hour they are there. The unclaimed coins are put in a clear piggie-bank as part of the art piece.

Happy anniversary First Fridays! The Robert McLaughlin Gallery is celebrating a whole year of the monthly Friday night events that have brought amazing entertainment and showcased exquisite talent in downtown Oshawa. Although traditionally paper is given to someone on their first anniversary, The RMG has much more to offer you tonight during their romantic, anniversary themed First Friday.
“Since it is the anniversary of the events we are going with that kind of theme,” says Jacquie Severs the Manger of Communications at The RMG. “The exhibition opening tonight is called ‘Head-to Head’ and features a male and female artist who give two different perspectives on a common concept.”
Severs says about halfway through the year they began incorporating exhibition openings into First Fridays and it has so far been a positive addition to the events.
“It is something that we plan to continue to do,” she says. “It works really well when we can create a night where all the elements work together.”
First Fridays has grown substantially since its debut last year. Severs says that the amount of community partnerships that have developed over the year has been amazing.
“It really has gone crazy,” she says. “There are so many new partnerships and volunteers and instead of us searching for themes and entertainment when we first started, people are now approaching us – which is awesome.”
Keeping with tonight’s anniversary theme there will be music and dancing with a performance by soul singer Gibbran, who played at the very first First Friday, and dancers from So You Think You Can Dance. The event starts at 7 p.m.. Oh and what is an anniversary without cake? There will definitely be cake.
In the video below, Severs talks about the new exhibition and how First Fridays has grown: