First Friday Guide: April

Published Fri, Mar 30, 2012 10:20 AM
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Work by artists like Lisa Stroud can be seen at Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery. This is the grand reopening of the gallery at their new space at 719 Person Street. Courtesy of Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery

Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent

It's not your first Friday, but it's First Friday. Here's your sneak peek on what to do and what to see:


Unfettered, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 26.

"Unfettered means free and unrestrained, so anything goes for April! There were no theme or media restrictions, so the gallery will be filled with some of the most innovative art in the Triangle. This show was juried by Paul Bright, assistant director and curator of the Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University."

Hallow Manifestation, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 20.

"'Hallow Manifestation' is an exhibition by artist Sarah Howes-Whitney in Visual Art Exchange's experimental space, the Cube. People walk through the space where they can experience the forms with light and sound. These organic structures with tendril-like forms create an emotional response to the viewer's journey through the space."

— Meredith Burgess, exhibitions director, Visual Art Exchange

ADAM CAVE FINE ART: Matt Lively: Small Things, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 1.

"Richmond-artist Matt Lively has been creating an ever-expanding body of surreal imagery for over 20 years now, since graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University. His new exhibit, 'SMALL THINGS,' features an installation of 18 separate but related paintings, each seven-inches square, and all full of whimsy, joy and strangeness."

— Adam Cave, owner, Adam Cave Fine Art

LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: World Around Us, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 28.

"The bright contrast of colors and lights in the experimental still life by Olga Wagner and the blue sky and delicate green of spring in landscapes of North Carolina by Galina Stockstill are in a new exhibit at Local Collar Gallery. We invite you to take a look at 'World Around Us' through eyes of artists."

— Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery

THE MAHLER FINE ART: New Paintings by Walter Piepke, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through April 28.

"We have represented German-born artist Walter Piepke for over 25 years. Piepke lives and works in Virginia and has taught at James Madison University, Elon College and Guilford College. His figurative work often explores the theme of relationships. The combination of figures, color and space allows the viewer to see the paintings through the dimension of their own experiences."

— Megg Rader, The Mahler Fine Art

LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: Peace and Tranquility, the work of Shelley DeBlase, 6 to 9 p.m.

"With all the stresses of daily life, humankind is in a constant state of seeking peace and tranquility. There are many outlets for stress, but the simplest way to relieve stress is to get back to nature. Shelley draws her inspiration from nature because of the peace and tranquility she seeks. Whether muted or bold, her work centers her so she can breathe free and easy."

— James Fatata, owner, Litmus Gallery & Studios

Notes:The show will remain open Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. and by appointment through April 30.

NICOLE'S STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: The New Nicole's Studio & Gallery Grand Opening, 6:30-8p. Exhibit available for viewing through April 30.

"After 12 years in business, Nicole's Studio & Art Gallery presents our grand reopening on First Friday, April 6, in our beautiful open new space at 719 N. Person St. in the North of Downtown Arts District, Mordecai/Blount.

The debut exhibit in our new space is a sampling of the best new works by gallery artists, including Nicole Kennedy, Dan Nelson, Diana Coidan, Judy Crane, Lori Putnam, Lisa Stroud, Rick McClure and others. Art genres ranging from contemporary impressionism to abstract, plus glass and jewelry.

This beautiful and wide-open new space has architect-designed and custom-built lighting and dramatic mobile walls in the interior, creating focal points for the works, depending on where you stand."

— Nicole Kennedy, owner, Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM: CAM Raleigh First Fridays, 6 to 10 p.m. Exhibit runs until April 30.

"CAM Raleigh is proud to present 'The New Obsolete,' a performance art piece by the Greensboro-based collective Invisible. Performing with elaborate inventions, obsolete technology and six channels of video, Invisible's work falls somewhere between installation, performance and music. The objects they perform with form a bricolaged landscape of contraptions--found, made and repurposed. Like the objects, the performances are crowd-pleasing at one level, and aesthetically and conceptually challenging at another. CAM Raleigh will also feature the debut of a documentary by Jonathan Butler that explores 'The New Obsolete.' The documentary will be available for viewing March 31 through April 6."

— Elysia Borowy-Reeder, executive director, CAM Raleigh

MORNING TIMES: Two Main Events (one outdoor and one inside the gallery):

The Morning Times Market, on Hargett Street between Wilmington and Fayetteville streets, 7 to 11 p.m.

"A variety of local art vendors, designers and fine craftspeople will be set up on the street. The Pickle Mamas will be spinning fire from 8-9p, and Bel Esprit will play from 9-11p. As always, there will be a local beer tent sponsored by The Raleigh Times Bar, and a really great crowd."

Staring Contest, work by Stephen Lindberg, 6 to 11 p.m. Runs util April 30.

"Stephen's imaginative characters are reminiscent of the video games and cartoons from a childhood of the '80s and '90s. The faces he creates are strangely humorous and are worthy of a long stare."

— Liz Niemeyer, gallery director, The Morning Times Gallery

MARBLES: Rip-It, Stitch-It T-shirts & Savings Spree Friday, 5 to 8 p.m. Museum is open until 8 p.m.

"Transform your T-shirts into cool new creations. Bring your old T-shirts, and we'll have some here, too. We'll show you how to cut, rip, print and stitch new styles, sacks and more. Create and innovate every First Friday at Marbles as part of downtown Raleigh's monthly art celebration, with special admission savings, museum-store deals and food-truck on-site.

- Only $10 for your entire family after 5 p.m. (As always, members play free)

- Or, just $6 for a grown-up and a child

- Only $2 per each additional guest (friend, neighbor, etc.)

- This month's food truck is Klausie's Pizza.

— Sarah Walston, communications coordinator, Marbles Kids Museum and IMAX Theatre

CITY MARKET: First Friday at City Market, 6 to 10 p.m. with live music by Outside Soul from 7 to 10 p.m.

"On the First Friday of each month, stroll the streets of Downtown Raleigh's historic City Market and celebrate great art, music and shopping! Retail stores, restaurants and art galleries open their doors for extended hours, with galleries featuring receptions for opening works by various artists. Local bands perform free concerts in front of Big Ed's City Market Restaurant. Outside Soul is self-described as a 'mix between Frankie Beverly, Earth Wind and Fire, and Led Zeppelin.' Outside Soul offers entertaining tunes for just about any musical taste."

— Lisa Jeffries, on behalf of City Market

ISAAC HUNTER'S OAK CITY TAVERN: Full Moon First Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. Art on the walls until April 30.

"Join us this First Friday and check out local artist Patrick Shanahan. His work is vibrant, new age Impressionism, usually full of people and life. He has been painting for over 10 years, developing a distinct style and is currently working on a mural for BEST Raleigh. We will have live music from Nick Driver from 6 to 8p, complementary meatballs for everyone to snack on and drink specials that are out of this world!"

— Zack Medford, operating partner, Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern

First Friday Giveaways

Win a Kindle Fire at Visual Art Exchange or play cornhole at Lucky B's and win other special prizes!

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After Hours Jazz
When the gallery walk ends, First Friday isn’t over. Spend the rest of the evening listening to jazz at Flanders Gallery!

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