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October First Friday

Arts and Jazz Fusion on First Friday

Second annual outdoor painting event alongside jazz in historic downtown Dover

(September 29, 2020)  Arts and jazz will come together this Friday from 4-7 p.m. as live music and 15 acclaimed artists exhibit artwork of downtown Dover that they have painted since just Wednesday of this week. The local four-piece band, The Fig Tree, will bring their lively jazz fusion style in the midst of the plein air art exhibit, with the entire event spread out “COVID style” on Loockerman Street between State Street and South Governor’s Ave.

The feature band, “The Fig Tree,” is led by Luis Figueroa, a student at the University of Delaware, who explains that the name of the band “The Fig Tree” began as a result of his last name Figueroa.  Over time it has evolved to include a more spiritual depth, noting that the backgrounds and families that he and his band members comprise are part of one big family tree rooted in Christianity.  Together they serve with integrity using their great skill and musical gifts.  Other band members and brothers, Elijah, Jeremiah and Joshua August, complete the foursome, bringing about an exceptional musical style.  Elijah and Jeremiah are attending Delaware State University and Josh is attending University of Maryland in Baltimore County.  The band has played at recent First Friday events and these accomplished musicians are a “must-see” for people of all ages in the Dover community and nearby region.

The Paint Dover! outdoor painting exhibit will also be complemented by a mini-mural exhibit marketing the collaborative efforts of Wesley College, Delaware State University, and NCALL/Restoring Central Dover - a cooperative garden that grows veggies for the local community and flowers for pollinators, offers workshops for kids and adults, and helps local residents start gardens of their own. 

Other activities on Friday form 4-7 p.m. will include free sidewalk painting for children within the art exhibition blocks and “sidewalk strolling” to shop and view downtown merchant windows as downtown merchants have again come together to decorate for the fall window contest in an Arts & Harvest theme to highlight the Paint Dover! arts activities.  The community is invited to participate in a People’s Choice award for both the window displays as well as vote for their favorite pieces of art by Paint Dover! artists that will be inside shops and windows from October 6-20.  The artwork will also be available for purchase.

Musical programming also includes:

  • Samuel Mace on keyboard accompanied by singer Rashawn King as they play jazz to more popular tunes in their acoustic style, at Maxine's Fashions.
  • Grady O’Connor, saxophonist, player playing jazz music along with a backing track at Park Greene Galleries on State St., next to The Green.
  • Bluegrass fiddler Nate Grower who tours internationally with David Bromberg and has mastered the art of bluegrass fiddle with his fiery solos and rhythmic backup, at the House of Coffi on Loockerman St., across from City Hall.
  • Singer/guitarist Luis Figueroa playing with his band, "The Fig Tree" with their great, energetic fusion of rock and jazz, at Forney's Too on Loockerman St.
  • Sol Knopf, the award-winning singer/songwriter and solo performer, best known for his distinctive baritone voice and timeless original songs, beautifully described as “comfort food for the soul!”, at the Grey Fox Grille & Public House  

Paint Dover! is a second-year event and is being offered in conjunction with monthly First Fridays in downtown Dover. All activities will be held rain or shine. A variety of awards will be given, including “Iconic Loockerman (Street)” and “Dover Heritage” the City of Dover Mayor’s Choice, a Small Works (under 200 square inches) award and several others. A People’s Choice award, voted on by artists and the public, will begin on Friday night and  continue virtually, October 6-20. Due to COVID restrictions, artist and their paintings will be in several “nodes” on Loockerman Street sidewalks extending east and west of the Dover Art League Awards will be placed on the artwork Friday night at 6 p.m. and art will be available for purchase.

More information may be found at Dover! is part of The 2020 Big Draw Festival Delaware where numerous activities and classes suitable for artists and non-artists, families, and kids will be offered throughout the state of Delaware.  The Festival is part of an international annual event taking place in over 25 countries and involving more than 500,000 participants.

Questions?  Contact, or call 302-678-2940.

Paint Dover! is produced by  Downtown Dover Partnership/Main Street Dover and is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts

PaintDover! is part of The 2020 Big Draw Festival DE presented by Mispillion Art League.  Join us throughout the month of October for a multitude of art events throughout the state, many of which are free!

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