First Friday with the Arts Free Shuttle Service Begins June 5

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 1, 2009 – The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum located on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus and the Around Town arts group will sponsor a free First Friday Art Shuttle from 5:30-9:30 p.m. beginning June 5.

The shuttle service will pick up and transport arts visitors every half hour to the following locations: Edward Bernard Gallery, Westray: Hosting the Cat Ranch Art Guild, Global Café, Garden Gallery, Gallery 1-2-5, The Artist Studio, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, River Campus Art Gallery and the Crisp Museum.  A schedule of pickup times will be available at the participating locations during First Friday festivities.

“Around Town” is a collective network of artists, studios and galleries promoting interest in the arts and public awareness of the presentation of fine artistic venues. “First Friday” is a partnering of studios and galleries in Cape Girardeau in an effort to provide the city with a monthly arts venue. Many local art galleries will have a show open on the first Friday of each month with local, regional and national artists displaying their artistic and diverse mediums. Several galleries provide light refreshments, and all visitors are encouraged to visit the studios and galleries during the monthly event.  

Peter Cuong Nguyen, director of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum said he urges everyone to take advantage of the new shuttle service.

“Be a part of the art scene and come celebrate the kickoff of the First Friday Art Shuttle,” he said.

The free shuttle has been provided by the following Around Town members:  Edward Bernard Gallery, Westray: Hosting the Cat Ranch Art Guild, Global Café, Garden Gallery, Gallery 1-2-5, The Artist Studio, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, River Campus Art Gallery, and the Crisp Museum.

For more information, please call members of Around Town.