Enjoy art, music, popsicles and trivia on the first Thursday in July

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MUNCIE, Ind. – Muncie town center monthly First thursday the walk through the gallery will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 1.

The Cornerstone Center for the Arts, 520 E. Main St., will host an opening reception for Darla Gaskins’ first solo show, “Persphone”. With pieces depicting both positive and negative emotions, this gallery shows beauty in both darkness and light, according to a statement. Thursday’s event is free and open to the public, but visitors are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks. Gaskin’s work will be on display in the Judith Barnes Memorial Gallery on the second floor of Cornerstone throughout July. A virtual gallery showcasing Gaskin’s works will be available on the Cornerstone Center for the Arts website during this time.

The Forever Young Children’s store, 125 E. Charles St., will be open until 7 p.m. Thursday, offering a moving sale, as well as a free popsicle stand collecting donations for First Choice for Women.

High Street United Methodist Church, 219 S. High St., will have cornhole, sidewalk chalk and icicles in the parking lot.

Debra Gindhart's jewelry will be available at Madjax on the first Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Madjax Muncie, 515 E. Main St., will feature local creators and artists in Monroe Hall and Public Hall on the first floor, including The Aerial Annex, Beyond I CAN, Lindsay Jones, Jaelin No Rivals, Rhonda Newsome, Katie Jo Robinson / MUSIC, Cassandra Reeves, Ron and Debbie Richcreek, Climbing Ivy Handmade Journals, Angelita Hampton, Missy Scott, Toquetta Woods, Wendy Lynn, Deshawn Roberts, Dawn Carter, Kayla Renae Thomas, Jessi Ireland, Michele Ray and more. Both rooms are accessible from the Monroe Street entrance. Artists featured in the second floor galleries will include Neal Soley, Angel Gillette, Lanie Manning, Caitlin Torres, Nancy Carlson, Georedt Michael Huggins, Amelia Jo Roe, Johnny Woods, Alyssa Carey, Anna Grace Longfellow, Mattie Ewing, Debbie Mae, Michelle Duran, Missy Adams, Sara Collas, Victoria Callow, Debra Gindhart and Natalie Phillips (DJ). On Thursday there will also be live music by Katie Jo Robinson, an “America” themed musical trivia game and a prize drawing.

Muncie Artists Guild Co-Artist of the Month, Pati Sparks and Karen S. Evans, will exhibit their work at Vera Mae’s Bistro on Walnut Street, Northwest Bank on Adams Street; Old National Bank on Madison Street and Rosebud Coffee House on Memorial Drive.

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Pink Leaf: The Commercial Kitchen, 108 S. Walnut St., will feature The Master’s Potter’s Michael Still working on his potter’s wheel and selling unique handmade pottery pieces to take home. Don’t forget to get the kids to participate in our coloring contest.

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