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Events

March 6, 2015
"Glimpse of Spring" @ Local Color Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: Mar 6-Mar 28

Enjoy a gallery of exceptional women artists who work in a large variety of mediums, presents Oil on Linen painter Bekah Haslett, and Metalsmith Jeweler Allison Dahle, in a "Glimpse of Spring" exhibit. Meet and interact directly with the artists is made possible because our artists all live in the area.

Cost: N/A

Adventures in Drawing - Raúl Gonzalez III @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 6-Mar 21

Raúl Gonzalez’s drawings focus on characters, their props that establish a setting, and imagined situations that bring in larger themes. His sophisticated painting style references such outsider art sources as prison art, graffiti, and wrestling culture. His exhibition will include his illustrations for Lowriders in Space, a graphic novel written by Cathy Camper, and select works of fine art he has created since 2011. The combination of process drawings and finished works bring immediacy and accessibility to the exhibition.

Gonzalez will be at Artspace from February 2-February 6. During his visit, he will create create a mural at Artspace’s City Market entrance, and visit with area schools to discuss Lowriders in Space. He will give an artist talk February 5, at 12 noon in Gallery 2.

This exhibition was made possible in part by the support of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Cost: free

DAVID DUNLOP: new oils on aluminum
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: Mar 1-Apr 19

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 1, 2 pm-4 pm

First Friday Reception: Friday, March 6, 6 pm-9 pm

David Dunlop is a renowned painter and art educator with works in prominent collections world-wide. He has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is the host/writer of the Emmy award-winning PBS Television series Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop. This new group of paintings features Dunlop's unique use of old master painting techniques on modern aluminum; an approach inspired by the study of 17th Century Dutch and Italian paintings.

Cost: N/A

First Friday with American Meltdown & Raleigh Brewing @ Brushstroke Studio and Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

The American Meltdown Truck and Raleigh Brewing Company will be on-site. We will also be featuring local craft artists and photographers from the local Vend Raleigh group of entrepreneurs.

Don't forget to check out our neighbors at Southland Ballroom and Ornamentea.

Cost: Free

First Friday with N&N and Stuart Jones Photography @ Nora and Nicky's designer resale
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Join us for March First Friday.  Show some Raleigh love and check out our featured artist, Stuart Jones Photography, showcasing photos of our favorite City of Oaks. Complete with wine, fashion and local photography, this will be a First Friday to remember. See you then. 

Cost: Free

From Raleigh to Ocracoke: Impressions in Oil, Fen Rascoe @ Tipping Paint Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 6 pm-9 pm

Come out to the opening reception of NC artist, Fen Rascoe. Fen paints with oils, in plein air or in studio. Inspired by the land he farms, as well as the water, Fen is influenced by artists Edgar Payne, Aldro T. Hibbard, Edward H. Potthast, and Greenville, NC native Francis Speight. His love for North Carolina’s beauty is evident in his work. The show will run through the end of March.

Cost: free

High Cotton Spring Launch Party @ High Cotton
First Friday Event Time: 5 pm-8 pm

Come join us for the launch of our Spring 2015 Collection, including our new North Carolina made button down shirts. We will be serving free beer and offering 10% off on all High Cotton products, new button downs excluded. See you then. 

Cost: Free

Jewels & Wine: Trunk Show with Geoflora @ The Raleigh Wine Shop
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

We are hosting Geoflora Jewelry. Twin sisters Margaret and Ellen Hinrichs of Geoflora will be setting up a popup trunk show in the shop from 5 pm-9 pm for First Friday. Come check out some of their beautiful, hand crafted pieces and designs being showcased as you stop by during your art crawl. While you’re browsing, enjoy a glass, or five, out of the WineStation, and as always, all featured wines are available for purchase at 10% off by the bottle. For a sneak peek at some of their jewelry, check out their Etsy page, and for more information about the event, keep an eye out on The Raleigh Wine Shop’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@raleighwineshop).

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

Reception: All Souls Dream- works by Anthony Garcia-Copian @ Litmus Gallery & Studios
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6 from  6 pm–9 pm

People’s dreams are from the subconscious mind, but where are the dreams of a soul from? In this show, the images of what a soul dreams are the subject of Anthony Garcia-Copian’s colorful abstract paintings. Anthony Garcia-Copian was born in Cuba, raised in Madrid and Miami. He is an award-winning playwright currently residing in North Carolina with his husband, fashion designer Lucien Baird.

For more exhibit information, click here.

Exhibit hours: Fridays, 10 am–2 pm and by appointment (919) 571-3605 by contacting  artvision@bellsouth.net.

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

Public Opening: 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

The Fine Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints @ Gallery C
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: Feb 19-Mar 25

Opening Reception: Friday, March 6, 6 pm-9 pm

The gallery is proud to present an enticing group of original Japanese woodblock prints from an esteemed private collection. This exhibition encompasses two hundred years of Japanese printmaking and includes a variety of artists from old Japanese masters to modern new talent. The subjects vary greatly and include actors, warriors, landscapes, costumes, beautiful women, and erotica.

Cost: Free to the public

The Morning Times Market @ The Morning Times

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

Travels With Judy Crane & Nicole Kennedy @ Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-8:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: Mar 6-Mar 28
Judy Crane is one of Raleigh's leading landscape, scenic artists. In this upcoming exhibit her beautiful colors and play of light highlight vistas from Croatia to the Greek Islands.  Judy is widely collected in NC and has been in many solo exhibits including her dramatic large NC landscape canvases at Raleigh's Performing Arts Center in 2012.   In 2014 and 2015, she was juried into Women Painters of the Southeast. Her works are in numerous Corporate collections with her images chosen exclusively for the upscale Marriott in downtown Raleigh.
 
Nicole White Kennedy is recognized for her colorful and iconic European scenes, themes of cities and villages with a figurative flair dramatizing European street life on canvas.  Her cafes, waiters evoke the al fresco lifestyle so prevalent in European culture.  Nicole is widely collected throughout NC and the US. She has had the honor of being juried into Oil Painters of America Regional exhibits in 2013 and 14.  She won a major award at the American Impressionist Society in 2011 and in 2015 was juried into Women Painters of the Southeast for the 3rd time.
 
Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery was established in 2000  in what has become the vibrant Mordecai, North Person St district. The gallery represents over 25 artists from local to national acclaim specializing in Contemporary Realism. Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery is also the # gallery in NC for art workshops, promoting classical artistic instruction from professional artists to first time painters.

Cost: Free