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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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May 1, 2015
Artist Unleashed @ Local Color Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

Artist Unleashed celebrates sculptor Margaret Griffin and vibrant abstract mixed media artist Linda Kimball in their ability to capture movement. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

Cost: n/a

Best of North Carolina Exhibit 2015 @ Gallery C
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: Mar 31-May 30

Come out for the annual show featuring the most significant artists of North Carolina from the 19th and 20th Centuries. Although we never know what we will have in this show we are particularly pleased to have three 19th century paintings in this show.

Cost: Free to the public

Family First Reception: Artwork of Marriott Little and Family @ Trinity Church
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Is it possible that creativity is inherited? Could art be in a family's DNA? For Marriott Procter Little and her family, the answer is a resounding YES!

Visit Trinity Gallery for the “Family First” exhibition and witness what happens when art transcends individual ability to become a family legacy.

Cost: Free

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

Shoppers will enjoy 20% off the entire store, pink champagne, cupcakes, and a special in-store giveaway.

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

Moore Square Implementation
First Friday Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

The Moore Square Master Plan is moving forward! Come by Market Hall or the sidewalk at City Museum and share your priorities and programming ideas for Moore Square. Please visit the project webpage for project details.

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

Sarah Ann Johnson: WONDERLAND Mid Career Survey 2002-2014 @ CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum)
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 6-May 3

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

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

The Pour House: Foothills Free First Friday @ The Pour House Music Hall
First Friday Event Time: 7 pm-11:45 pm

Enjoy a free live performance featuring Outside Soul, The Space Time Travelers, and Boss Nachos. Support local musicians and boogie the night away.

Cost: Free

Wild at Heart: An Affair with Nature Exhibit @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: Apr 3-May 16

Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 will showcase the exhibit "Wild at Heart: Our Affair with Nature" featuring site-specific installations, photography, and paintings by artists, Elisabeth Applbaum, Karen Bell, Derek Coté, Andrea Frank, Robin Germany, Lori Kella, Gayle Stott Lowry, Jackson Martin, Traer Scott, and Millee Tibbs.

Each of these artists grapples with the complexities inherent in human interactions with the natural world.  They explore the shifting cultural, economic and spiritual ideologies present in our understanding of nature and the tension between our impulse to revere and preserve our natural spaces, and our desire to dominate and exploit them.

Cost: Free