Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: "The Human Heart," featured artists: Allison A. Dahle & Mary Beth Owen-Zdanski & Made Like That Student Show. 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 23.
The Human Heart is how two artists using different media express both the anatomical heart and motivation derived from the heart. In addition, the fifth annual Local Color student art show "Made Like That" is open to all high school students in Wake County. It is an exciting display of the most talented young artists in our area.
Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery
BLAKE STREET STUDIOS: "Art and All," featuring works of Kittie Rue Deemer, Manjri Lall, David Little, Leigh Moose and Melissa Smith, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Feb. 22.
This show is a mix of collage, photography and art on silk. All the artists have a strong handle on their craft and you can tell they love the art they make.
Jen Hales, gallery manager, Blake Street Studios
ARTSPACE: January First Friday Exhibitions. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. First Friday reception kicks off at 6 p.m. Includes six main events:
Artspace Gallery Walk: Artspace Mystery Create Launch
Artspace has partnered with Mystery Build to launch Artspace Mystery Create, an artistic challenge and art auction to benefit the Artspace Summer Arts Program Scholarship Fund. The February First Friday will be the kickoff event for artists to pick up their Mystery Build Kits and select their Mystery Material. Artists and the public will have a chance to find out what the materials are in the mystery kit, meet the Mystery Makers, Roger Flake and Jeremy Maronpot, and learn more about the Artspace Mystery Create event.
Education Room: Code f.a.d. Dance Company Performance. Performances one night only at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.
Multimedia dance company Code f.a.d. will perform excerpts from their newest work Finding Placea collection of dances and stories inspired by the memories certain objects and locations can trigger in our minds. Each performance will last approximately 10-15 minutes.
Gallery One: "Strange Chemistry," Margaux Crump. Runs until March 9.
Margaux Crumps work investigates change. She notes, Life cycles are especially evocative and I find myself continually exploring the materials, visual language and emotions that embody cyclical transformation. More specifically, Crump is intrigued by human response to the inevitable changes that occur both within and around us. The series of sculptures in Strange Chemistry considers human reception to birth, decay and desire as informed by the fragility of ones own existence.
Gallery Two: Looking Back III, Former Regional Emerging Artists-in-Residence. Runs until March 30.
The Looking Back III exhibition features former Regional Emerging Artists-in-Residence Tanya Casteel, Julia Clift, David Eichenberger, Lincoln Hancock, Shaun Richards, Pete Sack, Garrett Scales, Megan Sullivan & Sarah West. On view is the varied work produced by these artists, including paintings, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more. The Regional Emerging Artist program provides emerging visual artists with time and space to explore their work in a supportive, thriving, artistic environment. Artspace typically grants two six-month residencies twice a year, selecting a total of four artists. Artists are selected from a regional pool of applicants and are emerging or early in their careers.
Upfront Gallery: Fuzzy Moonlight Sez: Come on in, the Waters Fine by Greg Carter. Runs until Feb. 23.
Greg Carter's works, consisting of wall and floor sculptures made largely from found objects, owe much to North Carolina's long tradition of handmade folk arts. Playfulness, color and fun are central to Carter's pieces. Carter has worked and taught in the Triangle for more than 20 years. During this time, he has been involved internationally with the establishment of the "cyberpunk" movement (from which he got his "cyberpig" moniker). More recently he has returned from the digital world with a new respect for the simple object, which he now creates from discarded trappings of material life.
Lobby: WOVENtranslatons: Parallel Paths Taken, by Mary Kircher, Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence. Runs until Feb. 23.
Mary Kircher's work is an interpretation of wilderness themes reflected in the weaving and dyeing process. During her time as a Regional Emerging Artist-in-Residence, she has taken two parallel paths in exploring weaving and dye techniques. One path has been a discovery of moving her artwork off of the grid and capturing nature's inspiration, the other has been technique driven by refining her woven shibori technique.
Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace
VISUAL ART EXCHANGE: Includes two main events:
Open Source, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 21.
Open Source is one of VAE's most popular exhibits! Artists will come to the gallery and hang their own work so VAE can showcase the exciting and broad range of art being made in the area.
"Left Hanging," work by Aimee Hertog, 6 to 9 p.m. Artist talk 7 p.m. Runs until Feb. 15. Artist talk at 6 p.m.
Come check out a new installation by artist Aimee Hertog in the celito.net cube at Visual Art Exchange!
Meredith Burgess, exhibitions director, Visual Art Exchange
LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: "Charles Snavely Show," LGBT Center of Raleigh First Friday Art Series, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of February.
Charles Snavelys photography ranges in subject mattera representation of his photographic process: For me, photography represents a rare creative collaboration of the logical and creative mind, with the camera capturing what my eye sees and digital post production transforming the image into what my Minds eye sees. I try to give the photographs a voice of their own, but there is never a predetermined message in the photograph. Instead, I seek out the inherent thought found in the captured image.
Matthew Mirarchi, First Friday coordinator, LGBT Center of Raleigh
TIPPING PAINT GALLERY: "Flowers and $#!+," A Contemporary Look at a Traditional Art Form, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Runs until Feb. 24.
A still life depicts a collection of common inanimate objects that reflect society and cultural trends during the artists time. Often considered a lowly art form, it has been with us since early Greek and Roman times. How will local artists depict our world?
Lee Ball, gallery co-owner, Tipping Paint Gallery
ADAM CAVE FINE ART: Gallery 5th Anniversary 5 artist group show featuring Joshua Flint, John Gall, Will Goodyear, Wayne Trapp, and Tisha Weddington, 6 to 9 p.m.
Ignorance is bliss they say. On Feb. 1, 2008, Adam and Cindy Cave opened Adam Cave Fine Art, a second-floor art gallery in the heart of downtown Raleigh. Six months later the economy took a nosedive; the housing bubble burst; and the great recession beganmaybe not the best time to start a new business. Despite it all, the gallery has survived and thrived and, this coming Friday, Feb. 1, celebrates its fifth anniversary with a five artist group show and big First Friday party.
Adam Cave, gallery owner, Adam Cave Fine Art
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM: CAM Raleighs First Friday, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until April 28.
CAM Raleigh's February First Friday program includes after-hours access to the galleries, student docents in the new Alistair McClymont exhibition, Love Post Office hands-on activities at the creation station, the return of the popular CAM/now Speed Dating event, music by DJ Luxe Posh, food trucks and a cash bar. Meet Alistair McClymont at the public opening of Alistair McClymontEverything we are capable of seeing and don't miss seeing his nighttime rainbow on view for February First Friday only! First Fridays at CAM Raleigh is not to be missed in February! See McClymont's nighttime rainbows and meet our student docents as they guide you through our newest exhibition. And meet the artist for a talk!
Elysia Borowy-Reeder, executive director, CAM Raleigh
Note: First Friday admission $5, and free to members, 10-and-unders, and NC State College of Design students, faculty and staff.
LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: "Dis/Connect," 6 to 9 p.m.
This exhibit contains a collection of works by Mark Wroblewski depicting fragile relationships between and within humans and the causes and consequences of disconnect in those relationships.
Jim Fatata, director, Litmus Gallery & Studios
311 GALLERIES AND STUDIOS: "Relics," New Work by Marty Matthews, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 23.
Constructions so timely and provocative and yet intensely romantic.
Judy Jones, owner, 311 Gallery and Studios
CENTRO: Studio Silent Auction with works by Mathew Curran, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Silent Auction exhibit is from 8 to 10 p.m. Exhibit in restaurant on show through February; studio and silent auction pieces exhibited night of the event only.
Matt is packing up the studio and moving to LA. He will be auctioning off original hand cut stencils from the past 10 years. Come see him before he leaves and acquire one of his great pieces!
Natalia Campbell, Centro
ISAAC HUNTERS OAK CITY TAVERN: Art by Jennifer Ambrose, 6 to 10 p.m. On display through February.
Call it whimsical, fun or just plain quirky Jennifer's art emits a playful attitude that often includes: offbeat animals, characters, children's pieces, feet & flowers, remade fairy tales, and pinups. Hors doeuvres & live music.
Ashleigh Davis, events and marketing, Isaac Hunters Oak City Tavern
THE WINE FEED: February First Friday Wine Tasting @The Wine Feed, 6 to 9 p.m.
Come to downtown Raleigh for The Wine Feeds First Friday wine tasting event on Friday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 9 p.m. View incredible local artwork while sipping on eight hand-picked wine selections for only $3 per person and $5 per couple. For updates and event details visit our website.
Phillip Zucchino, co-founder, The Wine Feed
DESIGNBOX: "Sweet Suite," by Stacy Crabill, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Feb. 22.
Larger than life candy and fortune cookie text fluctuate within the large-scale paintings. This new body of work explores candy and its alluring qualities.
Stacy Crabill, artist, via designbox
NATURE ART GALLERY: Natural Habitats, an exhibit of two and three dimensional works on paper by award winning NC artist, illustrator and author Anne Marshall Runyon, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
This exhibit will feature Runyon's very detailed pen and ink and watercolor drawings of NC wildlife habitats and her charming and clever paper sculptures of some of the critters that live in those habitats.
Karen Bethune, curator, Nature Art Gallery
ANVIL STUDIO & GALLERY: Heavy Metal Romance, 5 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 14.
Traditional flowers die but metal is forever. Anvil's February featured artists express their passion in metal.
Becky Wofford-Waehner, owner, ANVIL
BURNING COAL THEATRE: "GOOD," by C.P. Taylor, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Runs until Feb. 17.
Holocaust drama with music, directed by Ian Finley. Good is about a professor in Germany in the 1930s who convinces himself that he can effect change by working within a corrupt system
Jerome Davis, artistic director, Burning Coal Theatre
BENELUX CAFE: Char Reed - Illustrator & Artist at Benelux Cafe, 7 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of February.
Char Reed is an illustrator and artist focusing on creating personal illustrations and caricatures of family pets and animals. She recently created an illustration of Bo Obama, which she sent to President Obama to celebrate his inauguration.
Benelux via Mary P Byrne-Halaszi, clinical quality assurance consultant, SIH Company
OAK CITY CYCLING PROJECT: First Friday with Bryan Paxton + Sub Noir Brewing Co. + Slingshot Coffee Co. and Bulkogi Korean BBQ, 6 to 11 p.m.
Bryan likes bikes. He also likes to draw. Come see his graphical guide to 50+ hand illustrations of bicycle dropouts from ~1930-1990 in B&W. He's also hoping to turn his drawings into a book. Learn more here: (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/642018713/help-fund-printing-of-an-illustrated-bicycle-dropo).
Sub Noir Brewing Company, an excellent brewery located in the 5-Points area of Raleigh will be in-house starting at 6 p.m. serving samples of their Saison and hopefully something else fun to share. (http://subnoir.net/). Check them out and come early to ensure you get a taste of their nefarious libations.
Jenny of Slingshot Coffee Co. will be opening up the window to her fabulous headquarters and serving up some deliciousness as well. Come say hello!
Bulkogi will be making a pit stop at the shop from 6 p.m. until the crowd says "no more!" Come show your support and do your stomach a favor by sampling some of their tasty treats.
David Zell, owner, Oak City Cycling Project.
NICOLES STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: Town & Country with Dan Nelson & David Oakley, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until Feb. 28.
"Town & Country" features locally recognized Contemporary Impressionists, Dan Nelson and David Oakley.
Dan Nelson's well loved scenes of Downtown Raleigh (and cool old cars) and Oakley's masterful paintings of the diminishing rural NC have striking stylistic differences yet are similar in that they portray iconic scenes through each artists' viewpoints.
Nicole Kennedy, owner and artist, Nicoles Studio and Art Gallery
ORNAMENTEA: Free Project, 6 to 8 p.m.
We offer a free project each FF. For February it's a free wire 'love' necklace. Here is a link to the project video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sflis1t39_Y&list=UUm0bWzpc7O4qTxzcwZMKK7Q&index=1 and here is a link to the event page with a nice project photo: http://www.ornamentea.com/OrnaEvents.html#firstfriday
Cynthia Deis, owner, Ornamentea
LISA STEWART DESIGNS: Write Your Own Fortune Cookie!, an event to combine two holidays: Lunar New Year & Valentine's Day!, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until the end of February.
Make a unique statement with a leather fortune cookie. Write your own fortune on a colorful tag, slip it inside the cookie and present it with style. Makes a great surprise!
Lisa Stewart, owner, Lisa Stewart Designs
IRREGARDLESS CAFE: features the intense, melodic Jazz ensemble Workbook featuring Brad Newell, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
First Friday's at the Irregardless Cafe always features great jazz and this First Friday, Feb. 1, enjoy the energetic Jazz Duo Workbook. This ensemble will set you up for a big night that will charge you up to a new level of fun. And don't forget the delicious, handcrafted meals from local ingredients, too.
Anya Gordon, manager, Irregardless Cafe