There's always plenty to see and do at Franklinton Fridays, held the second Friday of every month through the Franklinton Arts District. Here's a primer to get your visit started.

There's always plenty to see and do at Franklinton Fridays, held the second Friday of every month through the Franklinton Arts District. Here's a primer to get your visit started.

"It's Saturday Morning Somewhere, Too!" Artists Wrestling League

AWL is bringing back this exhibition theme, which hearkens back to a time when Saturday morning cartoons and the attendant meal of sugary breakfast cereals was the high point of the week.

Ralph Walters of the AWL said last year's "Saturday Morning" show received great reviews from both patrons and artists.

"We had a lot of requests to bring it back," Walters said. "There's so much nostalgia around the idea of Saturday morning cartoons."

Artists saw it as an opportunity to finish some work begun for last year's show and to revisit a popular theme as inspiration for new work.

Artist Brent Elam, 45, said the show is right in his wheelhouse. Elam not only recalls those days in the '70s and '80s with fondness but also creates much of his work around the idea of nostalgia.

"Everybody has a unique take, so it's really cool to see what people do with the cartoons and the commercials," Elam said. "I'm happy to get to do more cereal pieces."

The impetus was a news report Walters saw last year proclaiming the death of the Saturday morning cartoon, now lost to cable networks that air animated shows 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"I always felt the waiting helped build the anticipation," Walters said, speaking of the weekly shows and not the year between exhibitions (though the sentiment could apply to both).

"We just sat around with our cereal and milk in our pajamas and talking about art," he added, speaking about last year's exhibit and not his youthful Saturday mornings (though, again, it's a great mental image when you apply it to both).

For this year's event, Walters said he expects something similar to the 80 or 90 pieces by about 50 artists featured in last year's event.

"Art can be serious, but not everything has to make a profound statement," Walters said, adding that there is, of course, a place for profound statements. "This is art to enjoy and still appreciate the quality of the work."

The show will remain on view in the AWL studio at 400 West Rich for two weeks before traveling to galleries in Akron and Kent.

Reception 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12

400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

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Donna McCarty-Estep, 400 W. Rich Northern Gallery

The warehouse studio space at 400 W. Rich St. also hosts monthly 400Days events during Franklinton Fridays. The celebration of art includes exhibits in the space's two galleries.

Estep will have her work featured in the Northern Gallery. Best-known as a pop artist, this show will allow the artist to showcase other sides of her work, as she will show assemblage and acrylic pieces in addition to her colorful representations of pop-culture icons.

"Artists can get pegged," Estep said. "I'm looking forward to confusing some people a bit."

Estep said she will display the three distinct types of work separately on the gallery's three walls. "It might look like a trio show," she joked.

Estep's acrylic painting is "a little more realistic, has a little more meat, a little more emotion," she said. The assemblage work features found objects, mostly metal or wood, along with some personal archival photographs and other items.

The show will remain on view through Urban Scrawl (Aug. 27-28).

The Lounge Gallery at 400 West Rich will feature large-scale, mixed-media works and thrown clay vessels by Cory Davidson and Kevin Russell.

7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12

400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

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"Small Scrawl," Ohio Art League X Space

Ohio Art League's move to Franklinton last winter with the opening of X Space at 400 West Rich has been fruitful for both the OAL, as part of a thriving arts neighborhood, and for Franklinton, benefiting from the presence of a historic arts organization.

OAL celebrates this relationship with "Small Scrawl," an exhibition of small works by artists participating in this year's Urban Scrawl. The exhibition opens during Franklinton Friday and will be featured during Urban Scrawl, as well.

"[That relationship] is exactly what we're hoping to celebrate," OAL Director Kim Webb said, adding that "Small Scrawl" provides Urban Scrawl patrons an opportunity "to see another way an artist works or maybe even buy something from an artist."

Webb said she expects about half of this year's Urban Scrawl artists to participate in "Small Scrawl."

Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12

400 W. Rich St., Franklinton

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"The Little Things," Tona Pearson, Rehab Tavern

Another set of small works will be featured courtesy 400 West Rich artist Tona Pearson and Rehab Tavern. An active arts organizer, Pearson has also been painting, sculpting and making mixed-media work for more than 20 years.

Opening reception 7-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12

456 W. Town St., Franklinton

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