Rudolech's "Bean Blossom Bridge"
Rudolech's "Bean Blossom Bridge"
Village Lights Bookstore will celebrate Fourth Friday with an art opening reception for its new show featuring works from local artist Larry Rudolech.

'Plein Air or Not,' will open with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. The exhibit will run through July 22.

Eight oil paintings will be on display, with half of the works being done en plein air, in the open air, while the other half were created in studio. Viewers are asked to determine which way the pieces were painted.

Wine and cheese will be provided at the reception.

Nathan Montoya, proprietor of Village Lights, said he's very excited for the show.

"Rudolech is one hell of a painter," Montoya said. "This small-town boy does good. We really love his work."

He encouraged anyone who has not seen Rudolech's art before to observe it first-hand.

"There's a big gap in their world if they live here and haven't seen Rudolech," he said.

Downtown Madison's Fourth Friday will also offer extended business and gallery hours, live music and free trolley rides. The May event's theme is "Main Street in Bloom.

Village Lights will host live jazz piano with Yvonne Davis from 6 to 8 p.m. and Gallery 115 will host acoustic music from Erik Brunner from 7 to 9 p.m.