Just back from First Friday [http://www.firstfridayrichmond.com/]. Went with some Mensa buddies. It's nice going with friends. The people watching is the best anywhere. The art is fantastic. Everything from amateurs to highly polished, professional works.
I'm tired tonight so not quite the fun experience it usually is. I go because I like to see who's interested in Art. Although, they aren't all there for the art. It's also about people who like to attend festivals and be seen in trendy places, because, believe me, this is the edge! (At least in Richmond it is.)
Something nice happens to me as I watch people looking at art. Something about the expressions on their faces and the attitude of their movements shows how important art is to them. Even when they aren't looking at the art it still affects them. It reminds me how precious artworks are ... and how powerful.