May First Friday Guide

Published Sat, Apr 28, 2012 02:54 PM
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See work by Gracelee Lawrence at Visual Art Exchange. Courtesy of 2&3 Photography

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, what to see & where to be and be seen:

VISUAL ART EXCHANGE: 6 to 9 p.m. Includes two exhibits:

"Food for Thought" and "The Bread Show." Runs until May 24.

"'Food for Thought' will feature artwork with, wait for it, FOOD! This show is juried by Nancy McClure, owner of ArtSource Fine Art Gallery & Framing. Alongside 'Food for Thought,' the Urban Garden Performing Artists will be curating 'The Bread Show.' [This exhibit] will feature 2-D as well as 3-D artwork and performances the night of First Friday."

"Hypertr-idimensional." Runs until May 24.

"'Hypertri-dimensional' is the work of Gracelee Lawrence, a mixed media installation artist. 'Hypertri-dimensional' will be featured in the Cube."

— Meredith Burgess, exhibitions director, Visual Art Exchange

LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: "Locavore!" 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 26.

A special exhibition by Bibi Bowman: "The pieces I'm bringing to Local Color are of my 'Locavore' series. These are all depictions of local, independently owned and operated, one-of-a-kind, epicurean and/or bacchanalian establishments that make Raleigh the exotic destination it is. I am a native-born Raleighite and enjoy painting the places I have grown up loving. My juicy colors and inebriated lines often give my images the look an establishment might have to a person who has recently imbibed a gracious plenty."

— supplied by Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery

THE MAHLER FINE ART: "Large Pots" by Daniel Johnston, artist Talk and Opening Reception. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 26.

"The Mahler is proud to present a large-scale exhibition, 'Large Pots,' by renowned Seagrove potter, Daniel Johnston. Most of the materials that Daniel uses to make and glaze his pots he digs himself. The pots are fired in a large 850-cubic-foot wood kiln. Daniel does not try to control the materials he uses, rather he tries to understand them. From digging the clay to firing the kiln, he puts all his effort into creating pots that have a powerful presence. His pots are timeless but reflect the culture and times in which we live."

— Megg Rader, The Mahler Fine Art

LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: "Here and There," 6 to 9 p.m.

"'Here and There' features some of my latest works, as well as some previous pieces. I chose this title for this collection because I grew up in Tunisia, North Africa, which is in the melting pot of many civilizations. I also spent over 10 years in Paris, France, honing my artistic skills. I look forward to sharing my collection at Litmus Galleries with you."

— Marwen El Hicheri via Litmus Gallery & Studios

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

FLANDERS GALLERY: "Beyond the Deadlines," Independent Weekly Photography by D.L. Anderson and Jeremy M. Lange, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through May 26.

"The Independent Weekly has two fine photographers on its staff, D.L. 'Derek' Anderson and Jeremy M. Lange. Both came to the Indy as young shooters boasting stringer cred from major news organizations--the Associated Press and Chicago Tribune in Anderson's case, The New York Times in Lange's--and have taken many thousands of images in the course of covering all sorts of stories. Working at the Independent requires that they not only be available for traditional spot-news photography, but that they adapt to the rigors of shooting a rock band, a fashion model, a baseball player, a poet, a plate of food, a scene of environmental despoliation, a corrupt politician. In every case, they strive to make their pictures interesting and truthful, subtle and aesthetically adventurous. Anderson and Lange have culled several dozen images from their work--mostly for the Independent--over the past few years. Included in the exhibition are images from Lange's project of following North Carolina-based military personnel during a decade of war and Anderson's work with large-format photography."

— David Fellerath via Flanders Art

Note: Flanders After-Hours Jazz Concert begins at 9:30 p.m. featuring The Groove Supreme. Visit for more info.

VINTAGE21: The AP Student Art Show of St. David's School, 7 to 10 p.m. Runs through May.

"We love our city and the artists in it! Please join us for the art opening of the AP Art Students of St. David's School featuring eight talented artists, each with their own diverse and dynamic collection of work. Live music throughout the night by local band Petey."

— Jessica Nickerson, gallery director, Vintage21

BUSY BEE: "Stagville: Black & White Photography by Brenda Scott," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through May 29.

"With about 30,000 acres of land and approximately 900 enslaved people at the height of its operations, Stagville was part of the plantation estate of the Bennehan and Cameron families before the Civil War — the largest plantation in North Carolina and one of the largest in the South. Today many of these structures still stand, and one can see evidence of the great skill of the enslaved people who built them. Through these photographs, it is my aim to strip back something of the present day and connect viewers not only with extant physical elements from the past, but also with ideas about the past; everyday we live on a foundation built by those who preceded us — and at present we are leaving our own legacy for future generations."

— Dr. Brenda Scott, photographer

ARTSPACE: 6 to 10 p.m. Includes Four Main Events:

Gallery 1: "Momentos of a Doomed Construct" by artist Stephanie Liner. Runs through June 30.

"For the past 10 years, Stephanie Liner's work has explored the connections between decorative interiors, sexuality, gender and architecture. Liner's solo exhibition, 'Momentos of a Doomed Construct,' continues this investigation through the presentation of constructed orbs, often upholstered in beautiful fabric with historic, floral patterns."

Gallery 2: "Chris Hondros: A Retrospective." Now until May 26.

"'Chris Hondros: A Retrospective' presents the first gallery exhibition chronicling over a decade of conflict photography from the late Chris Hondros. Hondros was an American Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist who died in April 2011 while on assignment in Misurata, Libya. Since the late 1990s, Hondros covered most of the world's major conflicts, including wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq and Liberia. His work appeared on the covers of magazines such as 'Newsweek' and 'The Economist,' and on the front pages of most major American newspapers, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. This exhibition is made possible through the support of the Chris Hondros Fund and the Gregg Museum of Art at N.C. State University."

Lobby: Stone Works by artist Paris Alexander. Runs until May 26.

"'Stone Works' presents an exhibition of award-winning sculptures carved by Paris Alexander. Alexander has brought together a collection of his works that have been among those chosen for numerous honorariums and awards throughout the Southeast. Alexander was born and raised in New York City, where he began studying art during early childhood. Alexander has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of World Cultures, UNC at Wilmington, Duke University and the Fayetteville Museum of Art, among other locations. His work is included in the collections of Saks Fifth Avenue, SAS Institute, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole and many others. Alexander maintains a studio at Artspace."

Upfront Gallery: Looking Back: 25 Years of Artspace by artist Sharron Parker. Runs util May 26.

"Using the ancient technique of felt-making, Sharron Parker does not capture exactly what she has seen in nature, but rather, through her work she aims to create something new. The simplicity of the technique--combing, layering and working dyed unspun wool in hot water until the fibers lock--allows the artist to work spontaneously, and often experimentally. Parker notes, 'The shape of a piece might come from a bird's wing, the color from crystals under a microscope, and the texture from the bark of a birch tree. I wish to celebrate nature, not to mirror it.'"

"Come out for an exciting First Friday at Artspace. Enjoy an evening with our 30+ studio artists while also visiting our four galleries. New exhibitions include: 'Looking Back: 25 Years at Artspace' by Artspace tenant-artist Sharron Parker (in the Upfront Gallery); and 'Stone Works' by Artspace tenant-artist Paris Alexander (in the Lobby). Don't miss NC-artist Stephanie Liner's 'Momentos of a Doomed Construct' exhibition (in Gallery 1). Be sure to also visit 'Chris Hondros: A Retrospective' exhibition chronicling over a decade of conflict photography from the late Chris Hondros (in Gallery 2)."

— Lia Newman, director of programs and exhibitions, Artspace

REBUS WORKS: "Burlap: Portraits of Piedmont Farmers," Photographs by N.C. artist Raymond Goodman. Runs until June 30.

"Goodman writes: 'This photography exhibit captures the faces of the clean-food movement in our region. These portraits were all taken on farmland, with a veil of burlap between the farmers and the land they work. While these individuals have come to farming from a range of backgrounds and with varying intentions, these farmers have ultimately arrived at a nexus of geographical and philosophical common ground. Day after day, season after season, they set about their duties motivated by a love of labor and by the integrity of their mission.'"

This is Goodman's first solo exhibition at Rebus Works. It coincides with the opening of The Saturday Market at Rebus Works, which starts the second season on Saturday, May 5 through November 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Market is located in Boylan Heights next to the Boylan Bridge and is continuing to create ties within the community. It is an undeniably enriching atmosphere with local and sustainable produce, such as fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood. Keeping community in mind, the market also offers donation yoga, kids activities, chickens and two vegetable gardens. Along with several hundred weekly attendees, the Market is becoming a retreat for families and friends."

— supplied by Shonna Greenwell, Rebus Works | Artist site:

Note: Opening reception, Thursday, May 3, 6:30 to 9:30p. The exhibition will run from until June 30 and is on view Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

DESIGNBOX: PBaRt Show 3 & Block Party, presented by Designbox and Paul Friedrich, 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit runs through May 30.

"Paul Friedrich and Designbox present the third annual PBR-inspired art show, aptly named 'PBaRt Show 3,' on Friday, May 4, 2012. This year's event will utilize the 300 block of West Martin Street between Dawson and Commerce, and promises to be even bigger and better that its past incarnations. Participating venues include Brewmaster's Bar & Grill, Designbox, The Visual Art Exchange & 311 Gallery. Designbox will host the 'official' PBaRt exhibit, featuring works by Mark Elmore, Rafael Vargas, Victor Knight, Paul Friedrich, Artie Barksdale, Eric Knisley, Sean Kernick and Pete Sack. The Raleigh Warehouse District's newest and, perhaps, most peculiar block party will start at 6pm and is FREE and open to the public. The NC State radio station, 88.1 WKNC, has planned a fantastic line-up of local Raleigh bands, including: Oulipo (Indie-psychedelic-pop band) at 7 p.m. and Baobab (Tribal-electro-folk band) headlining at 9 p.m."

— Beth Khalifa, co-owner, designbox

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