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Photographer @feliciaphoto captures stunning winter images - view on display at Brushstroke Gallery #TGIFFR @firstfridayral
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Events

February 6, 2015
Fates and Fortunes - Jenny Eggleston @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 6-Feb 28

Opening Reception: Friday, February 6 from 6 pm-10 pm

Jenny Eggleston’s work consists of beautiful surrealistic mindscapes that are emotive, sensual, and at times provocative. She interweaves art with poetry, moving smoothly from one creative expression to another to help the viewer both see and feel her intent. Classically trained as a nature illustrator, Eggleston uses images found in nature to create her sweeping, stream-of-consciousness compositions.

Cost: Free

Foothills Sexual Chocolate Release Party @ The Pour House Music Hall
First Friday Event Time: 6:00 pm-12:45 am

The Foothills Sexual Chocolate Release Party & Pagaent is back for the second year. This time, with a whole lot more of Sexy Chocolate on tap. We are thrilled to present Grammy-Award winning artist Trae Pierce and The T Stone Band for the First Friday throwdown like no other. Doors open at 6 pm and the show begins at 7 pm.

Cost: Free

Human Nature @ Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-8:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 6-Feb 28

We are proud to present, "Human Nature - a study of the figure". The exhibit represents some of the finest figurative artists in NC and the US; Dan Beck, Alia El-Bermani, JJ Jang, Cathy Martin, Jean Grunewald, Karol Tucker, Patricia Pittman, and Nicole Kennedy. This invitational show will highlight works in all media and stages interpreting the visual beauty of human nature from many points of view.

Cost: Free

Meg Stein - Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence Exhibition @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: -
Exhibition Dates: Feb 6-Feb 28

Opening Reception: First Friday, February 6, 6 pm-10 pm

In an attempt to mutate the familiar, Meg Stein utilizes organic, sexual, bodily, and feminine forms to create a dream-like recombination of the everyday. These hybrid forms can turn towards nightmare, humor, or both. A recent Regional Emerging Artist in Residence at Artspace and MFA graduate from UNC, Chapel Hill, Stein's sculptures, installations, and animations push the bounds of reality.

Cost: Free

New Venue Grand Opening Exhibit @ Local Color Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 6-Feb 28

Local Color Gallery, a co-op gallery of local women artists working in a variety of mediums has moved to Raleigh’s Art Warehouse District.

New Venue Grand Opening Exhibit will take place First Friday, February 6, 2015, 6 pm-9 pm. The gallery is now located at 311 W. Martin Street, (Martin Street Galleries building)

Cost: n/a

Raleigh/Rio: An Artistic Conversation @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm

Opening Reception, Friday, February 6, 6 pm-10 pm

Artspace will host the exhibition Raleigh/Rio: An Artistic Conversation featuring work by artists Marty Baird and Malu Fatorelli that will be displayed in Gallery One. Raleigh-based artist Marty Baird and Rio-based artist Malu Fatorelli met while they were both artist residents at the Headlands Center for the Arts at the Marin Headlands in California in 2000. The resulting friendship and enduring correspondence is at the heart of this exhibition, celebrating fourteen years of art-making on two continents. Gallery One will contain a timeline of their correspondence, along with each artist’s individual work and a site-specific installation.

Cost: Free

Raleigh/Rio: An Artistic Conversation @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: Jan 31-Mar 14

Opening Reception, Friday, February 6, 6 pm-10 pm

Artspace will host the exhibition Raleigh/Rio: An Artistic Conversation featuring work by artists Marty Baird and Malu Fatorelli that will be displayed in Gallery One. Raleigh-based artist Marty Baird and Rio-based artist Malu Fatorelli met while they were both artist residents at the Headlands Center for the Arts at the Marin Headlands in California in 2000. The resulting friendship and enduring correspondence is at the heart of this exhibition, celebrating fourteen years of art-making on two continents. Gallery One will contain a timeline of their correspondence, along with each artist’s individual work and a site-specific installation.

Cost: Free

Sarah Ann Johnson: WONDERLAND Mid Career Survey 2002-2014 @ CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum)
First Friday Event Time: -
Exhibition Dates: Feb 6-May 3

Public Opening: Friday, February 6, 6 pm-10 pm

The work of Sarah Anne Johnson (b. 1976 Winnipeg, Canada) playfully, but pointedly bridges the real and the imagined; factual and fictive; lived and desired. She works from a bravely personal perspective that reflects her growing concerns for the world, combined with the pursuit of a utopian place that remains tantalizingly out of reach. At every step Johnson attempts to nudge reality closer to her ideals, supplementing quixotic photographs with humble dioramas, Sculpey figurines, painterly interludes, handcrafted doll-houses and a dizzying array of modifications performed upon the photograph itself. As a whole, WONDERLAND presents the first opportunity to trace the continuity and inspiring evolution of this artist’s practice. The exhibit is curated by: Steven Matijcio, Curator, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.

Photo description: Party Boat, 2011, Scratched chromogenic print, photospotting and acrylic inks, gouache and marker, 27.75 x 42 inches, Courtesy of Allen Thomas, Jr.

Cost: $5 Admission; Free to Children 10 and under, NCSU College of Design Faculty and Students, Area College Students, Active Military Members, Veterans and their Families, Teachers, and First Responders