Falcon Gallery offers biggest First Friday ever

Internationally-recognized artist and Del Rio native Adrian Jesus Falcon will be holding what may be his biggest First Friday ever Sept. 2 as he honors Del Rio’s medical community.

“Del Rio is a great town that has a lot of overworked and sometimes underappreciated medical professionals that works hard to keep us all healthy,” Falcon said. “So we, along with our friends at Back To Action Physical Therapy just want to take time out to say thank you to everyone in the medical community.”

Falcon said everyone, in and out of the medical community, is invited to the First Friday event held at his gallery on 301 E. Garfield St. but the red carpet will be rolled out for anyone in the medical community.

The works of Falcon will be on display, as well as his protégé Foster Burns, a St. Louis, MO native is a graduate of the Chicago Art Institute and has spent the past month at Falcon’s Art Centre in Ixmiquilpan, Mexico, where he helped Falcon teach indigenous children in the region.

“It was an amazing experience,” Burns said. “The only thing that got me to leave was knowing that I was going to be able to show the art that I’d created to the people of Del Rio.”

Falcon will also show some of the art from the children at the Arte Centre. “To see what these kids do in less than a month is amazing, I can’t wait to show off their works,” he said.

However, much of the focus Friday is on the medical community. While people will be looking at the visual art that will headline the event, the Val Verde Regional Medical Center’s duo, Acoustic Vibes, will provide the musical backdrop.

“We just love playing,” said Art Mendiola, a therapist at VVRMC who comprises half of the duo with Dennis Ong, a nurse at VVRMC.

Falcon has a lot more to roll out than just art and music. “We are providing beverages throughout the evening for anyone who wants to visit and the VVRMC is providing appetizers.”

Falcon has also arranged some door prizes to be given away that include a $100 ticket for the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce’s $10,000 drawing, a ticket to Octoberfest and several other giveaways. Any medical professional there will receive a 10 percent discount on the purchase of any art.

“We want to make it a special night for all of our visitors as we say thanks to our medical professionals,” Falcon said.