CoMo Weekender – Easter Weekend Edition ft. Art Galleries, Egg Hunts and the Farmers Market

Whether your work week dragged on or flew by, the weekend’s arrival is cause for celebration. For those not trekking out of town for Easter weekend, visit art galleries in the North Village Arts District this Friday. Or, spend Saturday at an egg hunt or a farmer’s market.

Springalicious First Friday at ARTlandish Gallery (Fri, 6 p.m.)

Before heading to the bars for a TGIF brewski, join fellow art connoisseurs for First Friday at ARTlandish Gallery.

“It’s really a whole art event, a whole art experience,” says Lisa Bartlett, owner of ARTlandish Gallery. “We have lots of new artwork in that celebrate spring.”

View work from 30 artists while enjoying food, wine and live music. Then, explore the catacombs under the gallery or take a tour of the North Village Arts District studios. After dark, step just outside ARTlandish to watch fire spinning by Burn Circus & Friends. No Friday night is complete without watching someone risk his or her safety for the sake of entertainment. At least these fire spinners are trained professionals.

Girls Night Out at PS:Gallery (Fri, 6 p.m.)

Take a moment away from First Friday and stroll next door for Girls Night Out at PS:Gallery. Spend a night with the girls: new jewelry by Alicia Boswell and an abstract painting party led by Amy Meyer. Painting supplies are provided for this informal painting instruction. Oh, and they have beer.

Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza (Sat, noon)

I dare your kids to find each of the 2,344 candy-filled Easter eggs scattered around Douglass Park and Jeff Junior at this Saturday’s egg hunt. You might need to buy them a bigger basket. Pitch (Sat, 11 a.m.) Head to Ragtag to watch a free screening of Pitch, a short film that was shot in Columbia last fall. The film runs 15 minutes, which is perfect for all you ADD folk. Plus, it’s a comedy. I’m sold. A Q&A with the cast and crew follows the screening.

Columbia Farmers Market (Sat, 8 a.m.)

Skip the Sunday HyVee trip and head to the Columbia Farmers Market this Saturday. Local vendors have plenty of tomatoes, asparagus and mushrooms to go around. And yes, they have those delicious morels. The Saturday market opened last week and runs through mid-November.

CoMo Weekender is curated by Trupti Rami in hopes of enlivening those 55 hours away from the workweek. Email questions, comments or suggestions to


This article appeared on on April 6, 2012. I wrote it as a part of CoMo Weekender, a guide to weekends in Columbia, Mo.

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