While the First Friday of the month always brings a flurry of art-related activity in downtown Algoma, this month’s schedule also includes a Saturday evening reception.

James May Gallery is hosting a reception for its new exhibition, “Tension in the Ordinary: Winter Invitational,” from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 8) in its new space at 219 State St., Algoma – the old post office – for a night of performance, art, conversation, and refreshments.

The exhibit features the work of Cristian Andersson (pictured), Melissa Dorn, Karla Lauden, and Elyse-Krista Mische, described by the gallery as a “diverse group of regional artists (who) deal with ideas of mortality, obsession, and amnesia, through a myriad of mediums including performance, installation, drawing, fibers, and painting.”

Among other First Friday events, scheduled Feb. 7, include:

  • A New Year’s Sale featuring multiple artisans at Bella Luna Apothecary and Boutique, 211 Steele St.
  • “For the Love of Art,” with works done by Corie Farley (Watercolor Cardinal pictured,) Randy Detteman, Pattie Raine, Kim Lyon, Pat Bopray, Chris Steinhagen, Chord LLC, Lori Wier, Ty Saracoff, Tom Conard, Jim Olson, Stephanie St. John, Diane Steffen, and Barbara Zipperer, as well as chocolate, coffee and mead, 5:30-8 p.m. at Steele Street Trading Company and Gallery, 300 Steele St. (continues 5 p.m. Saturday)
  • First Friday Art in Algoma and Gallery Night, 5:30-8 p.m. at Clay on Steele, 221 Steele St., refreshments, conversations, wheel demonstrations.
  • February First Friday Exhibition, including works by Alicia Czechowski, John Colt, and other midwestern artists, 5-8 p.m. at Robert Ray Gallery, 520 Parkway St.