Your guide to Third Friday in Durham

Published Mon, Apr 16, 2012 11:54 AM
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See "Bluebird" by Matt Tomko during The "F" Show at Studio 123 at Golden Belt during Third Friday. The piece is a part of Tomko's new Fur and Feathers themed work. Courtesy of Matt Tomko

Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent

Here’s your sneak peek on what to do, what to see & where to be and be seen throughout the Bull City arts scene.

BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE/HORSE & BUGGY PRESS - UPFRONT GALLERY: "Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 29.

Photographs and Lyrical Essays by Courtney Fitzpatrick - A 2012 Horse & Buggy Press Book

"This exhibit is the result of a yearlong collaboration between Horse & Buggy Press and Durham scientist and artist Courtney Fitzpatrick. Included in the exhibit are framed photographs, limited-edition giclee/letterpress broadsides, a large-scale text installation and copies of the 88-page, hand-bound, fine-press book edition which is signed by the author/artist."

— Dave Wofford, curator/foyer gallery, BCAC/Horse & Buggy Press |

STUDIO 123 AT GOLDEN BELT: The "F" Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through April.

"Judy Bauman is returning for a special 'F' exhibit on Chad's wall, and Matt Tomko will be showing some of his favorite new Fur and Feathers themed work that features North Carolina Flora and Fauna. Judy's finery includes everything from French chefs to Flowers, and Chad Hughes will be showing Fruit and Fluted stemware. Yeah, that's a lot of great 'F' art!"

— Matt Tomko, artist, Studio 123 |

COMMUNECOS RECYCLIQUE: Intro to Beekeeping with Dave Fruchtenicht, 6 to 8 p.m.

"American honeybees are in decline, with new evidence showing pesticides to be a likely culprit, yet over a third of our food crops are bee-pollinated, so sustainable food also means helping bees survive and attracting them to our urban gardens. Come learn about the art of keeping bees from Dave, who you've probably bought honey from at the Durham farmers market — he's an old pro at working with our buzzing friends. Suggested donations of $10-15, but no one turned away. And you can come early to check out Recyclique, our upcycling co-op's retail shop, featuring refurbished goods, sustainability products/books, vintage, fair-trade and local crafts; open 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday and Fridays, and 10 to 5 p.m. Saturdays."

— Don Nonini, co-director, Communecos Recyclique

Note: Recyclique is located at 2811 Hillsborough Rd., Durham, 27705.

LABOURLOVE GALLERY: A welcome to new artists Calvin Brett and Bull City Craft to the collective! 6 to 9 p.m.

"LabourLove welcomes Calvin Brett and Bull City Craft to the collective! Calvin is an emerging local talent with pieces already in the permanent collection of North Carolina Central University and participation in group show at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. The arts-and-crafts shop, Bull City Craft, will be selling a select assortment of art supplies, books and items to inspire your creativity at LabourLove Gallery. Bull City Craft is excited to partner with LabourLove and be a part of the arts community at Golden Belt. Come out this Third Friday and view work from over 35 artists."

— Kelly Dew, creative director, LabourLove Gallery

THE BASEMENT GALLERY: communitySMASH!, 6 to 9 p.m.

"As a preview to our upcoming exhibition 'heartSMASH' (the show themed around heartbreak, disillusionment and grief), we're holding a 'communitySMASH!' Everyone is welcome to vent by SMASHing pottery & glass. The shards from the SMASH will provide the media for a unique art piece, to be unveiled one week later at the opening of 'heartSMASH.'"

— Susan Frosch, owner, the BASEMENT

Location: the BASEMENT @ Durham Arts Place/Susan Frosch Art & Design; 305 E. Chapel Hill St.; enter from alley behind building.

THROUGH THIS LENS GALLERY: "Big People: new photographs by Hernan Navarrete," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs for two weeks.

"Navarrete's life-size (or larger) prints of people explore the impact of size on his character studies. 'INDUSTRIAL BLUES,' by Gunther Cartwright, also continues through the end of April."

— Roylee Duvall, Through This Lens gallery

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL: Opening Receptions for three exhibitions. 5 to 7 p.m. All run through July 15.

- Peter Filene: "Sixteen Slices of Love"

- Marty Edmunds: "The Salvage Series"

- Darryl Halbrooks: "Transluclandia"

- Christine Hager-Braun: "Looking Closely: art quilts by Christine Hager Braun" .

"The public is invited to the opening receptions of four solo shows in the Durham Arts Council's Allenton, Semans and Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery. The exhibits are part of the Durham Arts Council's year-round exhibit program. Join us for an evening of art, talk and refreshments, including locally brewed beer from Fullsteam Brewery."

— Lindsay Gordon, artist services manager, Durham Arts Council

THE SCRAP EXCHANGE: Green Gallery Exhibit: "Friends and Family," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 12.

"'Friends and Family' is our annual open-hanging exhibit where friends, members, board and staff, and the community at large are invited to hang any work that incorporates strong elements of reuse. We have opened our gallery to artists of all ages, skill levels, and mediums. Our 'Friends and Family' exhibit is a true community celebration of the creative spirit that lives in all of us. This opening will also feature a birthday party for The Scrap Exchange as we begin our 21st year of serving the region as a creative reuse center."

— Ruth Warren, marketing and promotions coordinator, The Scrap Exchange

HAYTI HERITAGE CENTER: "Jazzilicious" by Eric McRay, 8 to 10 p.m. Runs until May 31.

"'Jazzilicious' features fresh-off-the-easel jazz paintings. The collection makes its way to Durham's Hayti Heritage Center for its debut. 'We're always excited about McRay's work — his style lends soul and life to each piece,' says Hayti's Interim Executive Director, Janella Sellars. Be one of the first 25 attendees and receive a free, signed and numbered limited-edition print. The reception is a must-see during Durham's Third Friday Artwalk. Hear some fine jazz music lift off the canvas with each vibrant brushstroke."

— From Heather Allen, owner, Capital H. Creative


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