Published in the August 24, 2016 edition


WAKEFIELD — The September edition of First Thursday Downtown will feature an interactive experience in the main gallery of the Albion Cultural Exchange dubbed “Paint Wakefield” on Thursday, Sept. 1.

“It is really fun and easy to do with no experience required,” said AnnMarie Gallivan of Create Artisan Studios, who will lead the session.

Participants will follow a paint by numbers style method which will result in a personalized painting of the “Floral Way” a Wakefield landmark located adjacent to Lake Quannapowitt. It is all done while socializing with your friends and listening to great adult contemporary music on the newly donated sound system. Refreshments will also be available.

Open Gallery viewing hours of the current installation including photos from Jon O’Brien, Erik Eskedal and Chris Gibbs will begin at 6 p.m. with a social mix and mingle followed by a painting from 7 to 9. The painting portion of the evening requires a $20 ticket for supplies and every participant will go home with a painting.

“Bringing residents in to create art as well as see art is and important aspect of the direction we are taking the Albion Cultural Exchange,” said Chris J. Carino, chairman of the Albion Cultural Exchange Committee.

“We will also be offering FREE Bicycle Valet to anyone who bikes to Paint Wakefield,” Carino said.

The Albion Cultural Exchange is located in the heart of Downtown Wakefield at 9 Albion St. The center promotes Art, Culture and Commerce in Wakefield. For more information about Paint Wakefield, First Thursday Downtown or any of the other programs at the Albion Cultural Exchange, please see the website

Tickets for “Paint Wakefield” on Sept. 1 can be purchased online at or by e-mailing