A gallery exhibit opening is just the start when the Bay City Arts Center (BCAC) hosts an art-filled weekend that includes a Delta-rock and folk music concert and two days of stone carving workshops on Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4.

Kicking off the event, BCAC’s “First Friday” opening will showcase a free exhibition of paintings by local artist Rhonda Wright from 5 to 7 pm.

Saturday starts the two days of “Discovery in Stone” workshops, where participants can try their hand at stone carving from 9 am to 4 pm. Materials and tools are provided, with instructors available to assist where needed. There will be a potluck lunch both days, with a backdrop of music courtesy of the BCAC’s radio station, KAYN-LP, 92.9FM. Tuition is by donation.

Original material from Bay City’s own Amanda Stanaway will start the Saturday night concert at 7 pm, with headliners, duo Mojo Holler, playing until about 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm and tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased at Mana’s Kitchen, 5535 Hayes Oyster Drive, or at the BCAC office, 5680 A St.

Mojo Holler has developed a loyal following on the North Coast thanks to their regular shows at the Sand Dollar in Rockaway Beach. South by Southwest founder Louis Black called them the ‘godchildren of Mississippi Fred McDowell.” Singer, guitarist and songwriter Amanda Stanaway, owner of Mana’s Kitchen on US 101, has performed in venues across the country.

For more information call Rob Russell at 503-523-8387 or email: chaveecha@gmail.com.

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