First Friday Exhibits and Events

Friday November 7th, 2014
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Artsgiving @ Local Color Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Opening Reception: First Friday, November 7, 6 pm-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 7-November 29.

Marvel over an exhibition by watercolorist Mary Ruth Dana in collaboration with members of Local Color. Local Color is a Co-Op run gallery of local women artist that work in a variety of mediums. 

Cost: Free

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Artspace Collectors Gala Artwork Preview! @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: 7 pm-10 pm

Join us for a First Friday preview of the live and silent auction artworks for the upcoming 13th Annual Collectors Gala. The preview spotlights artwork from more than 80 local artists. Bidding opens for the Silent Auction at 7pm, and First Friday guests are encouraged to vote for the 5th annual "People's Choice" award from the Live Auction artwork.

Tickets to the Collectors Gala are available for purchase at Artspace and online. The Collectors Gala will be held on Saturday, November 22, and proceeds raised benefit artists, exhibitions, education programming, and community outreach.

Cost: Free

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Colors Rising @ Blake Street Shops & Studios
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm

This exhibit will feature art by Milton Carson III, Dominique Carter, Nathan Evans, Ellen Gamble, Marty Mathews, and Juliana Rodriguez with music by Neal Harrington.

Cost: Free

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Feelgoodz "Terrific Lady Day" @ Feelgoodz
First Friday Event Time: 6:30 pm-9:30 pm

Come by First Friday at the Treehouse for some serious pampering. We'll be offering hair styling, chair massages, makeup, and manicures for your Friday Night Out! There's no cost, but tips for the professionals is highly encouraged. Let us pamper you while you sip on wine, or snack on cupcakes, and do a little early holiday shopping.

Cost: Tips Encouraged

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High Cotton Paisley Party @ High Cotton
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

This year marks the Second Annual High Cotton Collegiate Design Competition. The competition was open to students in both the College of Design and College of Textiles at NCSU. Students were invited to design a paisley pattern using a specific palate of colors. Out of numerous entries, eight finalists were chosen and their designs will be showcased at our downtown Raleigh showroom for two months. Shoppers have the opportunity to vote for their favorite design. The winner's design will be printed on fabric and will become a bow tie for High Cotton's 2015 Spring line!

Please join us for a First Friday party on November 7 in our Downtown Raleigh Showroom to meet the finalists and vote for your favorite paisley design. Food and drink will be served.

Cost: Free

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Lay of the Land @ Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-8:30 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 7-November 29

Nicole's studio presents “Lay of the Land”, featuring three premiere Contemporary Impressionists from local award winning to nationally recognized. John Poon of Utah, Rick McClure of Oklahoma and local favorite Pamela Berger share with the public a breathtaking array of landscapes that showcase their impeccable artistry and eye for the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Cost: Free

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New Still Life Oils by Bert Beirne @ Gallery C
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: October 30-November 30

Bert Beirne has been painting the still life for nearly three decades and is considered one of the important painters of the genre living today. Beirne’s work is most often compared to the Dutch and Flemish masters of the early Seventeenth Century; painters such as Kalf & Heda. Working with only natural light from a northern exposure and using multiple layers of translucent oil glazes, Bert Beirne is able to create works of great depth and astonishing realism. The process is a slow and patient one, resulting in pictures of remarkable clarity and arresting beauty.

Cost: Free to the public

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Night of the Homebrewer @ North Street Beer Station
First Friday Event Time: 5:30 pm-11:00 pm

For our November First Friday event we will be featuring a homebrewer with plenty of samples, a new artist, plus $4 craft drafts!]. Come on out, bring your dogs, and feel free to order in any food from our neighboring restaurants.

Cost: Free

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Nora & Nicky's First Friday with Art by Cynthia Viola @ Nora and Nicky's designer resale
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm

Join us for an evening of art, wine and fashion, featuring local artist and photographer Cynthia Viola and her beautiful Ballerina series. Stop by the store and browse her memorable paintings, sip on wine and enjoy the evening! See you there.

Cost: Free!

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November Free First Friday @ CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum)
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm

Exhibition dates for Limited Visibility: October 3, 2014-January 4, 2015

November free First Friday features Limited Visibility: Contemporary Art from Latin America, hands-on make-and-take art in the Creation Station, Middle School Docents, food trucks, cash bar, and lots of fun.

Cost: Free

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Paul Friedrich: SOCAL 1978 @ Designbox
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm

Pop-icon Paul Friedrich explores life in Southern California (circa 1978) in this new series of paintings, "Socal 1978." The First Friday in November has become a tradition of featuring the artwork of Designbox member, Paul Friedrich. From urban art on skateboards to a cartoonist’s version of a beach scene to art and books about the enjoyment of drinking, this year's show is all Paul all the time. *About the Artist* Known for his humorous paintings with characteristic bold colors and lines based on his Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel "Onion Head Monster," Paul Friedrich is considered one of the artists and writers in the forefront of the LowDefPop art movement. Paul is also co-founder of SPARKCon (the South's pre-eminent conference on creativity), member of DesignBox, editor of HellCar Magazine, two-time champion of the Xtreme Suburban Endurance Event, as well as author/illustrator of several books, including "Lions!," "Don't Trust Evil Knievel," and "The Wolf Who Cried Boy."

In 2009, Paul became the National Hockey League's first ever pop-cartoonist with the launch of Stormy the Pig's Cup of Awesome comic strip. He created the graffiti mural at Marbles Kids Museum and has been selected each year for the CAT Bus Art-on-the-Move project. Most recently, his work has been published world-wide as an inspirational coffee table book: "Man V. Liver."

Cost: Free

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Resound - Linda Ruth Dickinson @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm

Exhibition Dates: November 7 - November 29, 2014

Linda Ruth Dickinson, a long-time Artspace studio artist, exhibits her new series, Resound, for the first time in Artspace’s Upfront Gallery. Her paintings explore the relationship between the visible world and the mind’s eye. Of her work she says, “Many of my paintings display a desire to visualize ‘horizonscapes’ of reductive expanses.” With vivid, radiating hues, the paintings refer to landscapes and the nature of optics, but this new series is yet more ethereal while referencing the mark-making process more than in previous works. The pieces have a heady, contemporary effect and will doubtless stop viewers in their tracks.

Cost: Free

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Rock Glitterati - Cat Manolis @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-10 pm

Exhibition Dates: November 7 - November 29, 2014

Cat Manolis creates mixed-media paintings with recognizable subjects and ornate decorations. She often challenges status quo with satirical commentary on contemporary issues and popular culture. Her Rock Glitterati canvases are a departure from previous work. While retaining an eye-catching blend of shine and pattern, these portraits of rock greats were inspired by classes she taught adults at Artspace, with glitter as one of the primary mediums.

Cat Manolis will teach a class on Thursday, November 13 from 6 pm-9pm, Glitterati & Wine is for adults (21+) and centers around drinking wine while creating dazzling self portraits out of glitter.

Cost: free

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Stained Glass @ Trinity Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6 pm-9 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 7-November 30

For November's First Friday, the Trinity Gallery will feature the paintings of Eastern North Carolina natives Breanna Ponzi and Windy Lampson. Breanna’s work focuses on the visual naming of gifts and a medium to express thanksgiving for the ordinary. Windy’s work focuses on the small, sometimes overlooked moments in life, finding drawing and painting to be meditative exercises in which the subject matter can be better explored.

Cost: Free

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Schedule At a Glance
November 7th, 2014
December 5th, 2014
January 2nd, 2015

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