Artwork by University of Richmond and Richmond elementary school students will anchor an exhibition at UR Downtown during First Fridays East, a new spring feature of Curated Culture’s First Fridays Art Walk.

Included will be work by university design students and students from Overby-Sheppard, G.W. Carver and William H. Fox elementary schools. Their work explores how pattern, texture and rhythm generate energy, visual movement and emotional response.

First Fridays East will be held March 5, April 2 and May 7. Visitors will experience Virginia-made food and wine, live music, art exhibitions and an art auction. In addition to UR Downtown, venues include Library of Virginia, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Richmond CenterStage.

On March 5, UR Downtown, Library of Virginia and St. Paul’s will be open from 5–7:30 p.m., and have coordinated their feature programming to lead up to a free performance at CenterStage.

From 5:30–6 p.m., visitors at UR Downtown will enjoy light refreshments, view the exhibition and hear a performance by Shake & Howdy, a bluegrass-roots acoustic duo that includes Barry Lawson, associate professor of computer science at Richmond. The exhibition was organized by University of Richmond Museums and made possible in part by funds from the Suhor-Graham Foundation and the university’s Cultural Affairs Committee.

At 6:15 p.m., Library of Virginia will host a half-hour artist demonstration, wine and cheese reception, and art exhibit about the lives of immigrants. From 7–7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s will sponsor a dessert reception and auction of handcrafts, prints, photography, jewelry and other art. Richmond CenterStage will present a free performance “Othello” by Richmond Shakespeare at 8 p.m.

“First Fridays East presents a great opportunity for the university to partner with city schools and organizations and participate in an event that will draw people downtown and give our students experience and exposure through a major city-wide event,” said Judy Mejia, program manager for Richmond Families Initiative at UR Downtown.

For more information, call 804-955-4010.