Art after dark: Joe Friddle

Killeen artist Joe Friddle shows one of his paintings. Friddle will be the featured artist at Art After Dark in Copperas Cove tonight.


COPPERAS COVE — Residents can immerse themselves in art, wine and good conversation at Art After Dark.

Councilman Kenn Smith and his wife, Gail, regularly attend the monthly event and feel it’s much needed and appreciated in the small community.

“To us, it’s very important,” he said. “It’s just a great one-night-a-month opportunity to actually see some new art, to meet people, and the hors d’oeuvres are usually excellent.”

Art After Dark is free and open to the public and features local artists, live music, hors d’oeuvres and wine in a reception setting from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

Robert Weidinger, owner of Frames N Things, said he started the event about five years ago to help students.

“We started because art students going for their masters in art have a requirement of two showings with at least 25 people in attendance,” he said. “So we decided to host an Art After Dark artist reception. Now it’s an artist reception for local artists to have a venue to show their art.”

Killeen watercolorist Joe Friddle is the featured artist at tonight’s event. Friddle displays his love of whimsy through his “Red-Eye Series” of vibrantly colored animals and traditional Texas outdoor scenes and historical architecture.

“Every now and again you need to do something that’s out of your comfort zone,” Friddle said. “That’s what these things are, they’re just for fun. I probably use something from every part of the color wheel.”

Friddle also hosts Cove’s Cork n Canvas event two Wednesdays per month at Frames N Things.

To reach Azeita Taylor, the Copperas Cove Herald office at 254-501-7476.

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