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    Mixed media artist and clothing designer Marie Cordella is just one of the 40 artists whose work can be viewed at ArtSpace, a visual art center that features 23 open studios, three exhibition galleries, lectures, classes and many other stimulating art events.
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    North Carolina State Capitol
    The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
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    Blount Street was once home to rich industrialists and prominent civic leaders, as evidenced by these beautiful, historic homes. Nearby Blount Street Commons, currently under construction, will soon add even more residences, retail shops and parks.
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    Father and Son Antiques
    Father and Son Antiques is home to a bounty of collectables and oddities, from mid-century designs and vintage threads to '50s kitch, tiki, mod, and much more.
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    Wachovia IMAX Theater
    This architectural sculpture marks the entrance of the Wachovia IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids Museum, which provides a larger-than-life movie experience for kids of all ages.
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    Raleigh Times Bar
    The Raleigh Times Bar is located in the beautifully restored 100-year-old former home of the city's evening newspaper. Featuring creative takes on classic bar fare, and an amazing beer selection.


Celebrate First Friday


  • Friday, May 4, 2007

First Friday is one of Raleigh's most popular evening escapes.  Join us on the first Friday of each month for a fun-filled introduction to Raleigh's exciting art, music, and dining scene.  Enjoy the gallery walk and take advantage of the First Friday Specials provided by participating restaurants. 

Look for the First Friday Flags (see rendering above) to easily locate participating merchants.  A detailed map/guide will be available at each location.  Pick up your very own copy for FREE for easy event navigation. 

Participating Galleries:

Artspace, Inc. 201 E Davie St
919.821.2787 www.artspacenc.org
First Friday Hours: 6pm-10pm
A visual art center inspiring creative energy with exhibitions, educational programs, and artist studios

Autonomy Gallery-Lowry Studio 1201 W Lenoir St
919.829.0709 www.gaylestottlowry.com  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Architectural and landscape oil paintings

Bickett Gallery at Hudson 319 Fayetteville St
919.832.5358 /919.389.8170 www.bickettgallery.com
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Visual art gallery focusing on contemporary

Bosetti Art Tile 1201 W Lenoir St
919.414.8950 www.bosettiarttile.com
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Stoneware tile hand painted with art nouveau inspired flora

The Carter Building Studios 12-22 Glenwood Ave
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9:30pm
A collection of art studios featuring 32-35 working artists and their work

City of Raleigh Arts Commission Miriam Block Gallery 222 W Hargett St
919.890.3610 www.raleighnc.gov/arts
First Friday Hours: 5pm-7pm 
City gallery for local artists  

The Collectors Gallery 323 Blake St
919.828.6500 www.thecollectorsgallery.com
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Fine art, fine craft gallery

Crocker's Mark Gallery 613 W. Morgan St
919.834.4961 www.smcrocker.com
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
A gallery for artists to leave their marks on the world

Designbox 323 W Martin St
919.834-3552 www.designbox.us
First Friday Hours:  6pm-9pm
Gallery of contemporary and emerging art and design 

Escape Studios 1201 W Lenoir St
Gerry-919.274.1498; Jamie-919.880.0569; Cynthia-919.218.5067
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Gerry Lynch, Paintings; Jamie Studebaker, Ceramic Sculpture; Cynthia Mollenkopf, ARTiFELTs

Fish Market Student Gallery 133 Fayetteville St
First Friday Hours: 6pm-11pm 
The student run art gallery of NC State's College of Design

Flanders Art Gallery 18 Seaboard Ave, Suite 160
919.834.5044 www.flandersartgallery.com
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9:30pm
Contemporary and traditional. Representing national, international, and local artists

Free Range Studio 410 Morson St
919.821.3478 www.freerangenofences.com
First Friday Hours: 6pm-10pm
Print studio and gallery exhibition space

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Store and Nature Art Gallery 11 W Jones St
919.733.7450 www.naturalsciences.org/store/nature_gallery.html
First Friday Hours: 5pm-9pm
The Museum Store/Nature Art Gallery

HL Roaming Gallery  137 S Wilmington St (The Historic Heilig-Levine Building)
First Friday Hours: 6pm-11pm
Bi-annual exhibit of Raleigh artists in vacant downtown buildings

The IMAX Theatre at Exploris 201 E Hargett St
919.834.4040 www.exploris.org/imax
First Friday Hours: call or check website for theatre listings
Experience a movie at North Carolina's only 3D IMAX Theatre

Kohn Associates Lobby Exhibition 404 Glenwood Ave
919.210.3829 www.kohnassociates.net
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm

Local Color 22 Glenwood Ave
919.754.3887 www.localcoloraleigh.com
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
A co-op consisting of 11 women artists

Long View Gallery at the 1880 Hall 118 S Person St
919.835.1868 www.thecollectorsgallery.com/longviewgallery.php
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Gallery of contemporary spiritual art

Moore Square Art District Alliance Moore Square Art District
919.828.7834 www.mooresquaredistrict.com  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Raleigh's arts, dining, and nightlife destination

Morning Times Gallery 10 E Hargett St
919.836.1204 www.morningtimes-raleigh.com  
First Friday Hours: 6:30am-11pm
Downtown coffee shop gallery in a restored turn-of-the-century Raleigh building

Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery 715 N Person St
919.838.8580 www.nicolestudio.com  
First Friday Hours: 5:30pm-8pm
The place for fine art, crafts, jewelry, giclees, and art workshops

Ornamentea 509 N West Street
919.834.6260 www.ornamentea.com  
First Friday Hours: 10am-9pm
Fine beads and craft ingredients, classes, and free work space
First Friday Special: Free beading project-different every month

Points of View Photography Gallery 20 Glenwood Ave
919.829.1000 www.povgallery.com  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Exhibiting outstanding photographers who explore diverse artistic and social themes

Raleigh City Museum 220 Fayetteville St
919.832.3775 www.raleighcitymuseum.org  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
This museum collects, preserves, and interprets the history of Raleigh

Rebus Works 301-2 Kinsey St
919.754.8452 www.rebusworks.us  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-10pm
Featuring distinctive and innovative handmade works of art, craft, and design

Seaboard Wine Tasting Bar Gallery 800 Semart Drive
919.831.0850 www.seaboardwine.com  
First Friday Hours: 10am-9pm (Artist reception from 7pm-9pm)
Full service retail wine shop, tasting bar, and gallery
First Friday Special: 10% off tasting bar wines

Tire Shop Gallery 700 Glenwood Ave
919.656.8012 www.nancysbaker.com  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-10pm
Artist run studio and gallery of contemporary art

Vintage21 209 Oberlin Rd
919.749.3838 www.vintage21.com  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-10pm
Gallery space at Vingtage21.  A community of God seekers, God followers, and God doubters

Visual Art Exchange 325 Blake St
919.828.7833 www.visualartexchange.org  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
Gallery featuring new exhibits of emerging artists each First Friday

Participating Restaurants and Bars: 
(Most First Friday Specials are only available between the hours of 6pm-9pm and may be limted to one per table/purchase order.) 

The Borough 317 W Morgan St, Ste 117
919.832.8433 www.theboroughraleigh.com  
First Friday Hours: 4pm-2am
First Friday Special: 50% off appetizers from 4pm-7pm and 10% off appetizers after 7pm

Caffé Luna 136 E Hargeet St
919.832.6090 www.caffeluna.com  
First Friday Hours: 5pm-10pm
First Friday Special: Free bottle of San Pellegrino with purchase of two entres

Crema on Fayetteville 121 Fayetteville St
First Friday Hours: 7am-10pm
First Friday Special: Upgrade to a homemade waffle cone for free

Helios Coffee Company 413 Glenwood Ave
919.838.5177 www.helioscoffee.com  
First Friday Hours: 6:30am - midnight (Artist reception from 7pm-9pm)
First Friday Special: 50% off selected bottled wine

Hibernian 311 Glenwood Ave
919.833.2258 www.hibernianpub.com  
First Friday Hours: 11am - 2am
First Friday Special: 50% off appetizer with purchase of two entrees

Moonlight Pizza Company 615 W Morgan St
First Friday Hours: 11:30am-11pm
First Friday Special: 50% off appetizers

Mo's Diner 306 E Hargett St
First Friday Hours: 5:30pm-9pm (Last reservation is 9pm)
First Friday Special: To be announced each First Friday (changing)

Poole's Diner 426 S McDowell St
First Friday Hours: 5pm-2am
First Friday Special: TBA

Primp Salonbar 401N West St, Ste 101
919.821.9885  www.primpsalonbar.com 
First Friday Hours:  6pm-9pm
First Friday Special:  Drink specials and 10% off services

Riveria 135 S Wilmington St
919.834.7480 www.rivieraresto.com  
First Friday Hours: 5:30pm-11pm (dinner); 4pm-2am (bar)
First Friday Special: Wine by the glass special

Rum Runners 208 E Martin St
919.755.6436 www.rumrunnersusa.com  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-2am
First Friday Special: $2.75 Yuengling Drafts, $3.50 Caribbean Breezes and Blue Crushes

Sam and Wally's Eatery Two Hannover Square (BB&T Building)
919.829.7215 www.samandwallys.com  
First Friday Hours: 4pm-9pm
First Friday Special: Neiman Marcus Bar - buy one, get one free

Starbucks Coffee Company 609 W Peace St
919.754.9007 www.starbucks.com  
First Friday Hours: 5:30am-11pm
First Friday Special: Free coffee tasting from 6pm-7pm; free live music from 7pm-9pm

Tir na nOg 218 S Blount St
919.833.7795 www.tirnanogirishpub.com  
First Friday Hours: 11am-2am
First Friday Special: Wine/microbrew specials

Top of the Tower Restaurant  and Lounge in Clarion Hotel State Capital 320 Hillsborough St
919.832.0501 www.raleighclarion.com   
First Friday Hours: 5pm-11pm (restaurant); 5pm-midnight (lounge)
First Friday Special: 50% off one appetizer

Woody's @ City Market 205 Wolfe St
919.833.3000 www.woodyscitymarket.com  
First Friday Hours: 11am-2am
First Friday Special: 50% off appetizers and $2 select beers

Yancy's! 319 Fayetteville St
919.821.7171 www.yancysjazz.com  
First Friday Hours: 6pm-9pm
First Friday Special: By one appetizer get one appetizer free (Limited to one per table)

Zely & Ritz 301 Glenwood Ave, Suite 100
919.828.0018 www.zelyandritz.com  
First Friday Hours: 5:30pm-11pm
First Friday Special: Pre-fixed three course dinner reduced from $39.95 to $29.95