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#firstfriday participant @cafemuertos not only serves some of the area's best coffee but they also have a great upstairs atmosphere to work or just hang out #raleighgem
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Prepping for my favorite day at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market! #firstfriday participant @bukuraleigh has won the Grilled Cheese Cook-off twice so far...which downtown chef will take the prize tomorrow?? (Cook-off begins at 11:30 in City Plaza) @downtownraleighalliance #eatlocal #cheeseplease
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Already almost September #firstfriday! @atomicsalondt will have the works of Dwight Morgan on display! #TGIFFR
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September 4, 2015
Abstract Acrylics by Jessica Willis @ Retro Modern Furnishings

Jessica Willis is an artist based out of Raleigh who mainly focuses on abstract art using acrylics. Painting has been a fairly recent development in her life but it's quickly become her passion. Her artwork will be on display at Retro Modern Furnishings August 22nd through September 27th on weekends. Please join us for her opening reception and meet and greet on September 4th as part of First Friday Raleigh.

Amazing Manipulation in Glass at Medfirst @ MEDFIRST Medical Center

Full of Intricate detail and colorful patterns, you'll be fascinated to imagine how local artist, Sean Parker formed his works on display for this upcoming First Friday. We invite you to join us, as we welcome Sean to the Downtown Raleigh Art Walk with light refreshments. We're sure you will enjoy an opportunity to meet and talk with Sean, learn more about the process and many uses for glassblowing.

Cost: NA

Bellissimo Porto. Beautiful Ports. @ Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery
Exhibition Dates: Sep 4-Sep 26

Nicole’s Studio & Gallery features special Ukranian guest artist, Eugene Segal. Painting in the style of dramatic impressionism, bold colors and bouncing light, Segal’s canvases travel to beautiful ports around Europe and the Mediterranean. Eugene Segal’s works will be in the gallery for a limited time only. Additional paintings by gallery artists featuring marine subjects will also be on exhibit.

Cost: Free

Boards and Brews: Mixed media skateboard art by Clark Hipolito and Goose Island tap takeover @ North Street Beer Station

Clark Hipolito uses skateboard decks as canvas for his mixed media work, to be on display at your favorite bottle shop and bar! Our First Friday reception will also feature a Tap Takeover by Goose Island Beer Company, and free refreshments from Relay Foods.

City Market First Friday
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

Expanding the Constellation: Elsewhere at Artspace @ Artspace
Exhibition Dates: Sep 4-Oct 24

This collaborative exhibition between Elsewhere and Artspace features works by six artists who recently completed residencies through the Southern Constellations program at Elsewhere. The work investigates the museum and its dense collection of material from popular culture. First Friday Receptions: September 4, 6-10pm; October 2, 6-10pm

Cost: Free

Fear and Flight Lile Stephens: PNC Pop-In Artist in Residence @ Artspace
Exhibition Dates: Sep 4-Oct 31

Artist Lile Stephens presents his PNC Pop-In Residency exhibition, Fear and Flight, at Artspace. Stephens' exhibition focuses on society's relationship with flight technology - commercial, military, and civilian. Look out for drones capturing the action of First Friday on film. First Friday Gallery Walk: Sept. 4, 6-10pm

Cost: Free

First Friday at Irregardless Cafe, featuring BlueT Jazz Duo @ Irregardless Cafe

Live Music with Blue T, enjoy Irregardless Cafe's Farm to Table cuisine. Blue T stands for "Blues Therapy." And in this hectic, stress filled world, a little "Blues Therapy" is necessary. Come in and enjoy a relaxing end of the week with Fred Westbrook on keyboards and vocals with David Westbrook on guitar

First Friday at Moon and Lola @ Moon and Lola

It's FriYAY! Pop a balloon for a surprise up to 20% off your purchase and up to 60% off summer sale! Enjoy pink champagne, cupcakes, and a special in-store giveaway.

First Friday at the NC Museum of History @ NC Museum of History

First Fridays at the Museum Friday, September 4, 5–9 p.m. See Starring North Carolina! during its final weekend (last tickets sold at 8 p.m.); The Story of North Carolina is also open, as well as the Museum Shop and Rural Revival: Photographs of Home and Preservation of Place. In addition, help kick off local efforts related to a yearlong national celebración—Latino Americans: 500 Years of History. Along with activities, enjoy food by chef J. P. Murcia (of KocinA Food Truck), and sample beer (organized by the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild) from Brüeprint Brewing Company in Apex. Also a free panel discussion "Hidden Stories of Abandoned Places" starts at 6:30 p.m.

Cost: free

First Friday at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences @ NC Museum of Natural Sciences & Nature Research Ct
First Friday Event Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

Spend a delightfully different evening on the First Friday of every month, except as noted below. Enjoy light fare plus beer and wine from the Acro Café, shop at the Museum Store, enjoy the Nature Art Gallery, groove to live music and stroll through fabulous exhibits. At 7pm, catch a free cult classic at The Natural Horror Picture Show. For information, contact Jeff Williford at 919.707.9835.

First Friday at United Arts Council @ United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County

Come stop by as we say a big thank you to all our Wake County school volunteers. Bring a donation of art supplies for our Wake County art teachers! Light refreshments will be served. Artwork by Martha Thorn and Emily Rubin Malpass on display through September.

First Friday Drink Specials @ The Level Up Kitchen + Barcadium

Special: Enjoy $6 Boiler Maker- Shot of Whiskey and Pony Bottle of High Life Culinary and spirits concept based around classic arcade games and pinball.

First Stop for First Friday at Block Gallery @ Block Gallery - Raleigh Arts Commission
Friday Night Flights: Fair Game Wines, North Carolina @ buku

Join us every Friday night for a first class trip to wine regions all over the world to experience new, fun, global wines. Each month, on Friday Nights, we will feature a flight of wines from a different region of the globe. Join us as we host weekly world tour wine adventures as only we can! For the month of September we will be featuring Fair Game Wines from Pittsboro, NC.

Music & Artist Exhibition at the Raleigh Wine Shop @ The Raleigh Wine Shop

For September, The Raleigh Wine Shop is continuing their artist exhibition series and welcoming back Chamber Music Raleigh this upcoming First Friday at the shop. Great live music and beautiful locally made jewelry, and the best wine by the glass. So grab a glass, or five!, from our Wine Station on your First Friday art crawl! Chamber Music Raleigh: 7-9pm Chamber Music Raleigh will be on hand entertaining you with classical and show tune favorites performed by Executive Director Marianne Breneman and Board Members Phil Amalong, Liz Frazer, and Dana Friedli, and Katie Miller and Ariana Dewar. Samantha Clarke: 5:30-8pm A North Carolina native and ECU alumn, Samantha shows her fun, whimsical and fantastical side through her metalworking and hand-made jewelry. “Jewelry design is all about presenting one’s personality to the world through body ornamentation.” We’re excited to have her in the shop to show off her work and to sell some of her beautiful pieces.

Cost: Free!

New Works by Rachel Campbell and Gayle Stott Lowry @ The Mahler Fine Art
Exhibition Dates: Sep 4-Sep 26

New Works by Painters, Rachel Campbell & Gayle Stott Lowry. Campbell's artwork depicts and interprets the complex interactions between our objects, our interiors, and our environments. Lowry's paintings depict a majestic and powerful view of England's landscape.

Cost: Free & open to the public

Prodigal Pigments @ Local Color Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

First Friday, September 4, 6-9 pm. Exhibit runs September 4 - 26. "Prodigal Pigments" - Watercolors can be as prodigal as merciless – rich and fluid draped over the composition in manner of its own design. Watercolors take suggestions, not orders. Works by Mary Ruth Dana and Janie Johnson - thru September 26th.

Cost: n/a

Roadside Attractions: Oil Paintings by Drew Deane @ Gallery C
Exhibition Dates: Sep 4-Sep 30

Roadside Attractions: Oil Paintings by Drew Deane Dates: September 4 – 30th, 2015 Drew Dean, currently living in Brevard, NC, grew up in Atlanta, the daughter of an architect father. She remembers her parents packing her and her brother up and going along old highways to find 60’s era tourist destinations. She became fascinated with the neon signage along the roadsides. She spent summer vacations working with her great-aunts in Central Florida where they ran a little cinderblock motor court and was influenced by Florida’s roadside attractions and neon as well. Her father encouraged her to learn to draw and design. She took all the art classes and summer workshops she could while in high school and received a BFA in painting from the University of Kentucky and an MFA from the University of Florida. Drew feels that light has always been the most important element in her oil paintings. She traveled Route 66 and documented the neon and made it a main focus of her paintings. Most recently she has done a series of oil paintings of Atlantic Beach trailer parks. Both subjects reveal the popular culture of their times, radiating an enchanting play of shadow and light.

Cost: Free to the public

Sometimes in Time @ 311 Gallery
First Friday Event Time: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: Sep 2-Sep 25

311 Gallery presents Sometimes in Time, a rockin’ good time during September featuring the interactive, multi-axial, kinetic sculptures of Kevin Duval. Varying shapes, colors, and object placement make each piece unique in its static state, while select pivot placement, careful balancing, and human interaction allow them to dance an original number each time they are touched. Round and round we go—and how we go only you know!

Cost: free

Starring North Carolina! Exhibit @ NC Museum of History
First Friday Event Time: -
Exhibition Dates: Nov 15-Sep 6

Exhibition Dates: November 15-September 6, 2015

100 Years, 3,000 Films

The first major exhibition about North Carolina’s role in the film industry.

  • See costumes, props, and memorabilia from Bull Durham, Iron Man 3, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Blue Velvet, Sleepy Hollow, and dozens more!
  • Test your knowledge of the state’s films, TV shows, stars, and crews
  • Explore famous and little-known films

Purchase single exhibit tickets at the Museum Shop.

Cost: $10 per person, ages 18 and up $6 each, ages 7 to 17, 60 and up, active military personnel, college students with ID $6 per person, groups of 10 or more with reservations—visit to make

The Gatlinburg Special @ Artspace
First Friday Event Time: -
Exhibition Dates: Aug 7-Sep 5

Amy Masters ends her Artspace summer residency with an exhibition that celebrates play, kitsch and fiber art.  A fully playable mini golf course based on the artist’s experiences in Gatlinburg, TN and constructed using various fiber techniques will transform Gallery One into an art-filled playground.

This exhibition is sponsored by Fenwick Foundation and Tricia & Stuart Phoenix.

Exhibition Dates: August 7 - September 5, 2015
First Friday Gallery Walk: August 7, 6-10pm Cost: Free

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

Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store Grand Opening Celebration!
First Friday Event Time: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm

A FREE Celebration at your new local Downtown Pet Shop! All are welcome! Hourly FREE Door Prizes: From a 3 month supply to a 1 YEAR supply of premium, all-natural, dog or cat food! (Free food brand/type will be chosen on an individual basis. We will select the best food for the winning dog or cat based on his or her needs and issues. We have the most highly trained staff on hand that can battle allergies, sensitive tummies, and so much more!) (5, 6, and 8 pm drawings are each for a 3 month supply; 7 pm is the grand prize 1 year supply- must be present at drawing to win. New tickets will be given prior to each drawing- multiple chances to win!) FREE raffle drawings for gift baskets full of toys, treats, and other goodies- simply drop your free ticket in the basket you want to win and go! We will contact the winner the next day (you don't have to stick around to win this one)! FREE treat buffet- fill your own doggie bag to take home! FREE dog cake and cookies, plus some people snacks too! FREE information, socializing, and good times for all! Meet the owners, ask them anything! They will be working the entire event!

Cost: FREE