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April Shows Bring First Friday Flowers

Hit the streets this coming Friday night to see what’s new at local galleries and other businesses joining in on the First Friday festivities in downtown Bremerton and Manette. Artist receptions are typically held from 5 to 8 p.m (unless where noted) Friday night, April 4.

Learn what might have been Napoleon Bonaparte’s last great adventure as told through “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” this month’s independent film at the Admiral Theatre showing at 8 p.m. This romantic comedy considers the possibilities an imperious ruler might encounter as he rediscovers life as a commoner, and the tantalizing taste of power and fame his imposter meets through his new fate. Location: 515 Pacific Ave.

American Financial Solutions is open for First Friday with an ongoing photography display. Location: 263 Fourth St.

At the Amy Burnett Gallery, several South Kitsap artists will give onsite painting demonstrations. Their work will be on display the rest of the month. Location: 408 Pacific Avenue.

Artists’ Edge Gallery presents the work of Kris Werner in a show entitled,”Things for the Walls.” Werner’s latest body of work represents his own personal search for the sublime within the ordinary. By analyzing and refining the continuum between representational painting and abstract pattern, Werner uses painting as a tool to continue to refine his preconceptions of beauty. Location: 2009 Harkins St. First Friday hours: 6 to 9 p.m.

The Aurora Valentinetti Puppet Museum invites puppet enthusiasts of all ages to examine and learn about its extensive collection of puppets from all over the world. Location: 249 4th St.

The Basket Lady is open for First Friday. Location: 546 4th St.

Stop in at the Bremerton Naval Museum at 402 Pacific Ave. which is always open for First Friday.

Paintings, prints and paper by Port Orchard artist Jean Freeburg are on display at Collective Visions Gallery of Art. Freeburg has studied in Japan, at the University of Washington and at Olympic College. She has traveled extensively in the U.S, Mexico, Europe, and Asia. Her work, which includes acrylic painting, monotype and handmade paper compositions, displays a considerable Oriental influence. Location: 331 Pacific Ave.

Embossible Dream invites First Friday participants to join in a free “make and take.” Construct your own craft at 511 Fourth St.

Beyond the coffee counter and down the hallways, Fifth Street Coffee showcases four well-established Northwest artists: Bill Loftin, Patsy Robinson, Dorothy Selvar and Mary Stutzke. Location: 532 Fifth St.

Glitz the Gallery features “Rhapsody in Watercolor,” a collection of watercolors by Grace Shildmyer. Location: 433 Pacific Ave.

Goodie’s joins in the First Friday fun by showcasing an artist each month at the downtown café and candy shop. The pastels of Shirley Cooper of Belfair are currently hanging. Goodie’s will also be serving food. Location: 409 Pacific Ave.

Don’t miss Just Your Cup O’ Tea for the First Friday Reading Series starting at 6 p.m. Diane Wyland Carle, Sharon E. Svendsen and Nancy Rekow are featured this month. Location: 305 Pacific Ave.

The Kitsap County Historical Society Musuem continues its ongoing exhibit, “Kitsap County - Business Blossoms,” one in a five-part series that takes an overview of the development of business in the county. This exhibit continues through Sept. 6, 2003. Info: Gail Campbell-Ferguson, curator: 479-6226. Location: 280 Fourth St.

This month, Metropolis features the landscape and portrait work of Chris Battaglini. As a student at the Northwest College of Art in Poulsbo, Battaglini primarily works in oils. This show will offer a glimpse of an up and coming artist and his most recent realist vision. Location: 247 4th St.

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