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@artspacenc is hosting several exciting exhibits tonight! Explore your inner creative! #TGIFFR
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View @alteregoraleigh Hoop and Stick exhibit @firstfridayral #TGIFFR
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June 5, 2015
City Market First Friday @ City Market
First Friday Event Time: 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Join us as we celebrate the unique downtown arts community at Historic City Market. Enjoy a free concert from Midnight Ramblers, get your face painted, hula-hoop, shop, dine, and so much more.

Cost: Free admission

Father's Day Buy Two Get One Shopping Event @ High Cotton
First Friday Event Time: 5 pm-9 pm

Enjoy specials including: buy two bow ties, get one free; buy two neckties, get one free; buy two pocket squares, get one free; buy two pocket tees, get one free.

Enjoy Cheerwine and Moon Pies while you are shopping. See you there.

Cost: Free

First Friday @ Moon and Lola
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

It's FriYAY. Pop a balloon for a surprise up to 20% off your purchase. Enjoy pink champagne, cupcakes, and a special in-store giveaway. Cost: N/A

Cost: N/A

First Friday Special @ Dickey's Barbecue Pit
First Friday Event Time: 5 pm-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: Mar 7-Jun 6

Enjoy our drink and dinner specials including: $2 all beer, $5.75 Appetizer Plate, including waffle fries, fried okra, onion tangles, and hushpuppies, and Kids Eat Free. Please see for details. Same rules apply as kids eat free Sundays.

Cost: Free

Images of Summer Exhibit @ Local Color Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

The gallery is pleased to present Images of Summer, garage studio acrylic works by artist Margo White. Images of Summer will highlight painting that depict the season of summer. Paintings will include figurative work, florals, boats and landscapes. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

Cost: n/a

Mallory Page Art Show & Book Signing @ MA Allen Interiors
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

You are invited to a special First Friday art show and book signing featuring Mallory Page. Please come by to meet this inspiring New Orleans artist, view a collection of her gorgeous paintings and preview her first monograph titled, "The Alchemy Never Starts, or Never Stops". Mallory Page is an abstract expressionist artist living in New Orleans. Her vibrant and layered paintings have gained her a large and loyal following and captured the attention of top designers including Celerie Kemble & Bunny Williams.

Page will present a collection of her work in Raleigh at the MA Allen Interiors studio as part of Downtown Raleigh’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The show titled Summer Sessions will consist of 10 works, the majority of which will be in artist’s signature “human-scale” size. It will be the first time the artist has shown her work in the city. In addition, Page will be signing copies of her first monograph, titled “The Alchemy Never Starts Or Never Stops”, which will be released nationally this fall. The artist book catalogues four years of work and is a collection of over 40 paintings, intimate photos captured while working in the studio, and notes on inspirations found throughout her experiences. It highlights her gorgeous historic studio in New Orleans and its influence on her work. The book rolls like a photographic journal of paintings of which Page explains, “Like my paintings, the book was created to be a tactile representation of works – and a sensory project of its own.” The book features a natural genuine fabric, embellished with semi-transparent mother-of- pearl embossed foil with a clear plastic dust jacket. In addition to the canvas bound book, the artist has released a Collector's Copy of 50 one-of-a-kind books. Each is enclosed in a custom clamshell box binding with magnetic closure and is hand- painted.

Cost: Free

New Realism : Diana Coidan & Cecilia Guitarte @ Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-8:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 1-Jun 7

The New Realism unites two of the most awarded and recognized North Carolina realists; Diana Coidan (pastels) and Cecilia Guitarte (oils). This special exhibit will highlight the stunning beauty of realism from two different points of view and medium.

Cecilia Guitarte’s medium of choice is oil and over the years has built a reputation as one of the top realists in NC.  Her clean graphic style with a keen eye for lighting nuances allows her to focus on everyday subjects and situations elevated to high art. Cecilia’s distinct detailed imagery stands apart and it’s no surprise she gets juried repeatedly into numerous shows including; Raleigh Fine Arts and the N.E.W Show and Contemporary South numerous times at VAE in Raleigh. She won 1st place in the 2012 Small Treasures exhibit at the Cary Gallery, has been juried into Durham Art Guild 3 consecutive years winning People’s Choice in ’14. Cecilia Guitarte from Argentina and now resides in Cary.

Diana Coidan, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America discovered pastels years ago finding the medium to be expressive,  offering rich color, variety, and immediacy to paint her award-winning pastels. Painting subject matter across the spectrum,  Diana has won many awards throughout her career, at least eleven 1st and 2nd Place awards combined in juried exhibits regional to national. She recently won the Strathmore Award in  NC State Pastel Exhibit at the Hickory Museum, NC State Fair Commissioner’s Choice Award in 2012 and First Place in 2014. She is juried into countless exhibits both regional and nationally. Diana Coidan resides in Raleigh.

Cost: Free

PBaRt Show + circusSPARK Fundraiser
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-11 pm

Enjoy a unique warehouse district street party with PBR-themed art, music, food trucks, parkour stunts, break dancers and circus performers. Live painting by Taylor White (@taylurk). Man v. Liver book signing by Paul Friedrich and Neil Hinson. All proceeds benefit circusSPARK, SPARKcon, and Visual Art Exchange.

Cost: Free

Photography by Rick Ward @ Trinity Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Please join us Friday, June 5th from 6-9 pm for an opening reception of Rick Ward's beautiful landscapes.

The Magical Realm of Haitian Art @ Gallery C
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: Jun 4-Aug 1

A mix of African memory, a history of slavery and independence, voodoo traditions, and the joi de vivre of an island paradise, Haitian painting traditions remain uncontaminated by Western precedents. Initially labeled “naïve,” “folk” and “primitive,” today Haitian art is highly respected in the cultural consciousness of the international art establishment and is often compared by critics to the work of artists like Gauguin and Rousseau. Since the 1980s, Gallery C has been a leading dealer of Haitian art, showcasing such renowned artists as Andre Pierre, Luckner Lazarre, Jean Claude Bresil, and Onel, just to name a few.

Come see this fresh show of island art and discover the newest talent in this long line of Haitian painters.

Cost: Free to the Public

The Morning Times Market @ The Morning Times
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-1 am

Enjoy local artisans, live music, entertainment, and local craft beer, at The Morning Times Market, an outdoor art market. All ages are welcome. Come out to enjoy this free event.

Cost: Free