Paintings, home décor, hand carved wood pieces, and ceramic coffee mugs are some of the items that will be for sale at the Pike Road Arts Center’s First Thursday on Sept. 2. 

The Arts Center is open at times on Saturdays and Sundays, but Arts Council coordinator Patty Payne and her team wanted to expand the hours the community had easy access to the facility. First Thursdays were born.  This autumn, the Pike Road Arts Center will be open from 5 – 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. 

This autumn, the Pike Road Arts Center will be open from 5 - 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The Arts Center is located at 944 Wallahatchie Road, under the water tower. The center is home to the Water House Gallery and gift shop, studio space, and a variety of events presented by the Arts Council.

Shoppers can explore and choose from handmade gifts and original art by Alabama artists available in the Arts Center’s Water House Gallery, get to know the members of the Pike Road Arts Council, and enjoy special evening discounts on a variety of items. 

The rest of the First Thursdays in 2021 are:

・October 7

・November 4

・December 2

This autumn, the Pike Road Arts Center will be open from 5 - 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Shoppers can explore and choose from handmade gifts and original art by Alabama artists available in the Arts Center's Water House Gallery.

“We recognized that, only being open on Saturday and Sunday, there are a lot of people who don’t have the opportunity to stop by the Arts Center. So, we thought we’d provide an alternative,” Payne said. “It’s only on the first Thursday, which is also when our Arts Council meets, so we’re always there. So, why not open up that time to the community to come and browse the art and check out the Gift Gallery and see what’s happening in their community?”

The Pike Road Arts Center (PRAC) is located at 944 Wallahatchie Road, under the water tower. The center is home to the Water House Gallery and gift shop, studio space, and a variety of events presented by the Arts Council. The center is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 1-4 p.m. respectively.

This autumn, the Pike Road Arts Center will be open from 5 - 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Shoppers can explore and choose from handmade gifts and original art by Alabama artists available in the Arts Center's Water House Gallery.

First Thursdays are intended to provide another opportunity for people, particularly those who have weekend commitments, to visit the PRAC, explore all it offers, and get to know the Pike Road Arts Council. There will also be special sales and discounts available on First Thursdays.

“It is amazing to see the way the Pike Road Arts Council has transformed the Water House Gallery from a small business building into a showcase for the arts in the Town of Pike Road,” Mayor Gordon Stone said. “We encourage the community to visit the Water House Gallery.  We are thankful for all the Arts Council, an ENHANCE initiative committee, does to further the appreciation and understanding of art in the Town of Pike Road and across the River Region.”

The initial First Thursday was held on Aug. 5. 

This autumn, the Pike Road Arts Center will be open from 5 - 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Paintings, home décor, hand carved wood pieces, and ceramic coffee mugs are some of the items that will be for sale at the Pike Road Arts Center’s First Thursday on Sept. 2.

“We look forward to more visitors this fall as summer travel winds down and local community activities approach,” Payne said. “Happening now at the Pike Road Arts Center, in addition to the always-available Gift Gallery, the Pike Road Quilters are presenting a show of 50 handmade quilts. Soon, it will be time for the 10th annual Pike Road Plein Air Paint Out, Oct. 15 – 16, which always draws a great group of artists and great interest from the community.”