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Reserve your 'Fourth Fridays' for Downtown Fruita

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Just as Grand Junction's art scene hosts First Friday Art Walks every month, Fruita is jumping on the bandwagon with its own take starting Friday, Jan. 25. Fourth Fridays, much like GJ's First Fridays, means Downtown Fruita art galleries and other small businesses will open their doors the fourth Friday of every month with a variety of complimentary activities (like receptions kicking off new art exhibits, music, food and drink).According to Fruita Pulp and Rye Gallery owner Kyle Harvey, hosting Fourth Fridays in Fruita seemed like a natural progression for its business owners and residents."We moved to the Grand Valley in August, and it seemed to be the perfect spot to do a Friday art walk," he said. "People liked the idea, so we all just ran with it."Rye Gallery, at 201 E. Aspen St., will host an opening reception for local artist Charles Hardy as its own first Fourth Friday event starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 25.Copper Club Brewing Company, a recently opened tasting room and home-brew supply store located at 233 E. Aspen, will host both live music and art, co-owner Lorie Gregor said.Other businesses planning to participate include Aspen Street Coffee, Cavalcade, Cornerstone Mortgage, Hot Tomato and Rose Hue Gallery. Other Fruita businesses may also join the list of participants as the event date draws closer.Harvey suggests that those interested in taking part in Fourth Friday activities should ask their business of choice for more event details. Times and events will vary from place to place."Evening events are starting generally between 5-6 p.m., but check with the location directly to catch a certain event or performer," he said. "I'm hoping that as time goes on, (Fourth Friday) will gain momentum and, by the time the weather gets nicer, most of Downtown Fruita will be participating in some way."Harvey additionally said he predicts warm-weather months to host Fourth Fridays both inside and out, with lots of artists and musicians on the sidewalks."It's a way to promote culture and to participate as a community during the evening in Downtown Fruita," he said.

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