November First Friday guide

Published Mon, Oct 29, 2012 09:18 AM
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"Let it Snow" is part of the exhibit at Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery. See more on First Friday. Courtesy of Nicole White Kennedy

Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent

LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: "Geo and Metro," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Nov. 30.

Our November exhibit, “Geo & Metro,” will feature abstract paintings from co-op artist Christine Harvaitt. You can expect to see a variety of colorful paintings focusing on geometric forms to skyline paintings of Raleigh, Durham and many other American cities. Along with other co-op members' artwork in the remainder of the gallery, there will be something for every art-lover!

— Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery

ISAAC HUNTER’S OAK CITY TAVERN: Live Music and Art by Paula Burke, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Art displayed until Nov. 30.

Paula Burke is a color visionary, and her paintings will mesmerize viewers with layer upon layer of beautifully laced color and movement.

— Ashleigh Davis, special events director, Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern

BLAKE STREET STUDIOS: First Annual Group Show!, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Nov. 27.

Blake Street Shops and Studios offer an eclectic mix of handmade goods, tasty foods and fine art. Come meet the artists and shopkeepers, and share in our two-year anniversary celebration! Fine artworks by Patina Collaborative, Victoria Powers Studio Ten and Julia Freifeld Fine Art; handmade body products by Scentsuosity; imported handmade goods from Kenya by African Beauty; handmade fine jewelry and crafts by the Gaille Collection; edible goodies by Locally Gourmade; and fine leather goods by Lisa Stewart Designs.

— Victoria Turner Powers, Victoria Powers Studio Ten multimedia artist


Join the Raleigh Historic Development Commission as we celebrate 50 years of preserving Raleigh’s past for its future! At the party, RHDC will announce the winners of our “This Place Matters!” children’s art contest, where we asked kids of all ages: “What is your favorite OLD building in Raleigh?” In addition to viewing great art from our community’s youth, we will have a performance from the Rainbow Dance Company, music by Gary Mitchell, raffle prizes, fantastic food and more at Marbles Kids Museum, Zanzibar Room.

— Melinda Stike, artist representative, editor of “AU COURANT” magazine

NICOLE’S STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: "The Carolina Ballet on Canvas," 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until Dec. 29.

Nationally awarded local artist Nicole White Kennedy worked with the Carolina Ballet to create a unique body of artwork to honor the widely acclaimed ballet company. "The Carolina Ballet on Canvas" includes over 20 new works featuring the ballet dancers both on stage and in the studio. Don't miss this beautiful new exhibit!

"Translating the Carolina Ballet onto canvas has been both intimidating and inspiring beyond anything I have painted before. The ballet narrates through dance and expression in movement — my challenge is to freeze the motion onto canvas and reveal the creative process that tells the dancers' story."

— Nicole Kennedy, owner and artist, Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery

CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM: First Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. The Museum is open until 10 p.m.

CAM Raleigh's November First Friday program includes after-hours access to the galleries, "Ask Me" student docents in GirlTalk, a book swap in the museum lobby, a hands-on activity at the creation station, music by DJ Made of Oak part of CAM Raleigh's new First Friday DJ series curated by J. Yu, food trucks, and a cash bar. 

— Courtesy of CAM Raleigh

Notes: First Friday admission $5, and free to members, 10-and-unders, and NC State College of Design students, faculty and staff. “GirlTalk: Women and Text” will run until Jan. 14; Jonathan Horowitz “Your Land/My Land: Election 12’” will run until Nov. 12; and Angel Otero, New Works until Feb. 4.

LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: “Exposed: Nudes in Art 2012,” 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Dec. 7.

This exhibit contains the works of 29 artists and will showcase an outstanding range of original visual-art interpretations of the human form in traditional, contemporary and avant-garde creations. It provides a range of varying treatments that challenge traditional practices of visual art and deals with issues related to the body, while incorporating varied media. Attendees at the Nov. 2,opening reception will determine the “People’s Choice Award” by voting for their favorite works of art.

— Jim Fatata, director, Litmus Gallery & Studios

GALLERY C: Oil Paintings of the 1930s and ’40s by Harry DeMaine (1880-1952), 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Nov. 27.

First Friday is the opening reception for our show, and the son of the artist, Robert DeMaine and his wife, Ann, will be our guests. Please join us.

— Sharon Bell Glazener, art and framing associate, Gallery C

ARTSPACE: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. First Friday reception kicks off at 6 p.m. Includes four main events:

Gallery One: “Traces” by Frank Poor. Runs until Nov. 10.

Traces presents three-dimensional basswood sculptures by Frank Poor. Poor uses the language of Southern vernacular architecture through both form and photographic imagery to explore memory and loss.

Gallery Two: Artspace Collectors Gala Auction Art Preview.

2012 Collectors Gala auction artwork can be previewed online beginning Oct. 31 and in person on First Friday, Nov. 2 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Silent auction artwork will be on view in Artspace’s Education Room, while live auction pieces can be viewed in Gallery Two. First Friday guests will be invited to participate in the “People’s Choice Vote.” Visitors will vote for their favorite live auction artwork piece, and the winning artist will receive a special gift and recognition at the gala. In addition, this year’s gala sponsors will be invited to a special Sponsor Preview Reception on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., to view the work and mingle with some of the artists.

Upfront Gallery: “Mapping the Sky” by Alyssa Wood. Runs until Dec. 1.

“Mapping the Sky” is an exhibit of sculptural ceramic wall pieces, each embossed with an image drawn from a photograph of the sky over Alyssa Wood’s backyard, an effort to map nature for study on a personal and intimate scale. This series is an attempt at bridging the gap between nature and Wood’s limited experience of nature in an industrialized culture.

Lobby: “Burnt Offerings” by Ryan Cummings. Runs until Dec. 1.

Using select areas of the local landscape as his starting point, Ryan Cummings’ paintings and drawings, as presented in “Burnt Offerings,” aim to inspire a dialogue about birth and mortality, creation from destruction, and our connection to the past as part of a larger human timeline.

— Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace

BURNING COAL THEATRE: "Shining City," by Conor McPherson, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Runs until Nov. 18.

Conor McPherson’s haunting tale of a therapist whose patient brings him more than he bargained for, “Shining City” is the fifth McPherson play Burning Coal Theatre Company has presented in the last 15 years. Come find out why Burning Coal likes this playwright so much!

— Jerome Davis, artistic director, Burning Coal Theatre

VISUAL ART EXCHANGE: Includes two main events:

24th Annual Young Artists Exhibit, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs at VAE until Nov. 15; and at Marbles from Nov. 5 to Jan. 7.

The Young Artists Exhibit features some of the most talented and upcoming artists in Wake County—students! VAE will feature the work of middle and high school students from across Wake County in our gallery space on W. Martin Street and feature the work of elementary school students at Marbles Kids Museum. This show is sponsored by United Arts Council and Jerry's Artarama.

Still Life Revisited, work by Jo Ann H. Hart, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Dec. 14.

Still Life Revisited will featured mixed media illuminaries and interactive panel installations by artist Jo Ann H. Hart. This work will be featured in the cube.

— Meredith Burgess, exhibitions director, Visual Art Exchange

LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: First Friday Art Series Show Opening and Reception for Clara K. Johnson, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of November.

In her own words, Clara's transcendental paintings depict the intangible beauty of nature. Clara's use of color, shapes, layers and texture are a feast for the eyes, mind and soul. Clara Khanessah Johnson is a self-trained artist whose creative abilities were passed down by her maternal grandfather, who, in 1917, created Johnson C. Smith University's mascot, The Golden Bull.

— Matthew Mirarchi, First Friday coordinator, LGBT Center of Raleigh (quoting artist, Clara Khanessah Johnson)

THE WINE FEED: Movember First Friday Wine Tasting and Amir Lowery Exhibit, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Nov 9.

Join The Wine Feed for a night of art, wine and moustaches as they present Carolina RailHawk Amir Lowery’s first exhibition, “An Exhibit for Us.” The evening features a wine tasting, along with beer, games and a raffle drawing. A portion of all proceeds benefits Movember, a global movement to grow moustaches and promote men’s health awareness and initiatives. Visit for more information.

— Phillip Zucchino, co-founder, The Wine Feed

OAK CITY CYCLING PROJECT: New Raleigh Presents: First Friday at Oak City Cycling Project with Slingshot Coffee Co. and artist Becky Joye, 6 to 11 p.m. Joye’s artwork will be up and available for viewing through the month of November.

Oak City Cycling Project (212 E. Franklin St.) and Slingshot Coffee Co. will officially be roommates starting Nov. 1! After a month of construction, the Slingshot Coffee Co. HQ will be open for a glimpse into the new production space during First Friday.

Riding your bike to the party? You might be tempted to leave it there and ride home on a shiny new Bianchi bicycle, now on the floor at Oak City Cycling. And to complete the aesthetic, the bright, colorful and imaginative artwork from the talented Becky Joye will be on display.

Food trucks, live music, beer and Slingshot Cold Brew/special 'cocktail' all night long.

— Jenny Bonchak, owner, Slingshot Coffee Co.


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