A monthly celebration of food and music is about to get a little more artsy.
A participant in First Saturdays, Laura Stover Wyeth, wanted to add a new facet to the Downtown St. Joseph event: Photography.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7, she will debut “St. Joseph Perspectives,” a photography exhibit featuring the work of Phillip Oxley and Lisa Sprague.
Located in the lobby of the Light and Power Building, 520 Francis St., the exhibit will feature new local art on a monthly basis.
“We’re going to be doing this every First Saturday,” Stover Wyeth says. “I want to use this lobby to not only feature photographers but also mixed media, student artists and that type.”
Also on the way: Poetry.
“I had a gal that wrote a book of poetry and she’s going to do a First Saturday,” Wyeth Stover says. “I just think it’s a good thing outside of retail and restaurants. Hopefully, people will walk around and frequent the businesses all around.”
The first showcase will highlight the art and beauty of St. Joseph.
“It’s two photographers that really do a great way of portraying St. Joseph in a different way,” Stover Wyeth says.
Oxley will be on hand to discuss his work and talk with visitors.
The work of both artists also will be featured in the display windows at the United Building, 602 Felix St.
First Saturdays also will feature music at The Lucky Tiger, 718 Francis St.; Tiger’s Den, 519 Felix St.; Mokaska Coffee, 617 Felix St. and Jake’s Steaks & Sports Bar, 620 Edmond St.
There will be special events such as a “History Speaks” event at the St. Joseph Public Library, 927 Felix St., beginner-level yoga at the Yoga Room, 410 Felix St., and a Fruit Stripe-themed celebration at Manic Snail: Paper & Gifts, 511 Francis St.