Third Friday Durham

Published Mon, Feb 11, 2013 09:58 AM
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Lily Pads and Goldfish by Lane Whitney can be seen at LabourLove Gallery. Courtesy of LabourLove Gallery

Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent

LABOURLOVE GALLERY: Third Friday Welcoming Reception for new artist Lane Whitney, 6 to 9 p.m.

Come join us in welcoming a new artist to the collective: painter Lane Whitney! LabourLove Gallery is a collective of North Carolina artists and designers located in Golden Belt. LabourLove will have wall and shelf spaces available in March! If you are interested in joining the collective, check out our website and download an application today at

— Kelly Dew, creative director, LabourLove Gallery

LIBERTY ARTS FOUNDRY: “Structured as Such; The Architecture of Oppression,” 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 6.

The strong dominate the weak. The powerful control the powerless. Artist Joe Bigley brings a series of interpretations of interior spaces grounded in these harsh realities to life in his solo exhibition at Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio and Foundry at #923 Franklin St.

— Joe Bigley, via Liberty Arts

DURHAM ART GUILD: Includes four main events:

Building 6 Golden Belt: Durham Art Guild’s 19th Annual Sweet Arts Art Auction & Fundraiser, 7 to 10 p.m. ONE NIGHT ONLY gala event in Building 6 of Golden Belt.

This is DAG's once a year MAJOR fundraiser and all event proceeds support exhibitions, programs, productions and operations of the Durham Art Guild. This year's Sweet Arts features a live and silent auction of 80 works of art donated by some of the region’s leading artists, as well as fantastic nonart items and experiences, like some wonderful getaways. Please join us for an evening of art, fun, hors d'oeuvres and sweet treats by Durham restaurants Loaf, Toast, Watts Grocery and Hummingbird Bakery. This is a ticketed event, please contact Katie Seiz, gallery director, or call 919.560.2713.

Room 100: Suzy Andron, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 25. On Third Friday, Bryan Diver will be playing acoustic guitar.

Suzy Andron has been an art instructor for all levels of education for 40 years, from elementary up to college level, as an associate and adjunct professor of art and design. Currently a professional artist, Andron’s work is both sculptural and fluid on a two-dimensional canvas, with a dynamic use of materials and texture.

Suntrust Gallery: Transitions: Movement, Passage, Chance, 6 to 9 p.m. On view through March 22.

DAG's first themed exhibition of 2013 features 41 works of art by 31 member and nonmember artists, juried by Pam Gutlon of Outsiders Art and Collectibles. The theme prompts the careful observance and exploration of time's passing and the shifts that occur from one moment to another. Our lives are shaped by seasonal change, cultural change, personal growth and the transitions between ideas, words and images.

Studio 115: Retrospective, 6 to 8 p.m.

A retrospective of selected ink paintings on kozo paper and mounted on silk, by Robert Olason: From "The Whore of Babylon" to "September 11, 2001."

— Katie Seiz, gallery director, Durham Art Guild

THE SCRAP EXCHANGE: “found object sculpture 2009-2012” by Shelly Hehenberger, a collection of nest and seed inspired sculptures using materials in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 9.

Artist Statement: "These sculptures were made entirely from found and reclaimed objects, including some natural forms such as stones or bark. The unifying element in each of these is an interior space that is like a nest or the inside of a seed. These spaces are often veiled or obscured by layers of other forms to suggest the idea of a secret inner place perhaps containing a mysterious potential."

— Ruth Warren, marketing and promotions coordinator/online sales coordinator, The Scrap Exchange

MERCURY STUDIO: Pin Durham, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 28.

Inspired by Dart St. Louis, this community art experiment gives artist working in all mediums an opportunity to seek out and find beauty in Downtown Durham. Come celebrate Durham with us this month at Mercury Studio.

— Megan Jones, art director, Mercury Studio

DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL: Third Friday reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Three Main events running until March 3.

Allenton Gallery: Half-Awake Dream Series, by Chung Chak.

Semans Gallery: Platonicz by Wendy DesChene.

Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery: With These Hands: Quilting as a Spiritual Odyssey by Sauda Zahra.

The Durham Arts Council presents three new exhibits in the photographic, digital drawing, and quilting mediums, featuring artists from New Jersey, Alabama and the Triangle area.

— Lindsay Gordon, art services manager, DAC

the BASEMENT gallery: Where There’s a Wheel, There’s a Way: Pottery by Becca Hulett, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Feb. 28.

Local potter, ceramic artist and Durham Arts Council instructor Becca Hulett brings her fine hand-thrown stoneware and clay art to the BASEMENT gallery. Hulett’s launching her new dinnerware line "table4four" at this special event! Experimental shapes and glazes, along side her classic styles, make for a spectacular exhibition. Join us!

— Susan Frosch, owner, the BASEMENT gallery

CLAYMAKERS GALLERY: another Shore, another Mind: New ceramic work by Alan Bennett, Lois Sharpe, and Victoria Sexton – artists’ reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 8.

Claymakers Gallery is pleased to bring together the work of Alan Bennett, Lois Sharpe and Victoria Sexton in “another Shore, another Mind.” This show combines lively raku fish sculpture, coral-inspired functional stoneware, and fanciful clay and metal sculpture in a way that invites our curiosity toward other slightly out-of-reach, forgotten or dimly known realms

— Charlie Evergreen, artist, Claymakers Gallery

COMMUNECOS RECYCLIQUE: Twisted Politics of the Federal Debt Crisis (and what's really at stake), 6 to 8 p.m. Free (we pass the hat for donations, but no one turned away).

Tea Party Republicans tell us the federal debt crisis is caused by government overspending on entitlement programs like Medicaid and Social Security. The only answer, they say, is drastic budget cuts. True? Join Jim Senter in a presentation and discussion that looks at the bigger picture—“can you say ‘tax cuts’ or ‘war’?”—and the partisan politics of debt. Come share your perspective! RSVP to

— Sandy Smith-Nonini, coordinator, Communecos Recyclique

THE CARRACK MODERN ART: New Uses for Old Things: New Work by Robin Walker, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 23.

Robin Walker’s recent work exposes the facade of marketing by placing figures from magazine advertisements into new environments drawn from scenes in religious art historical tableaux. The male figures in these tableaux are often replaced with female figures—this role reversal, and the addition of traditionally feminine patterning to the work, highlights women in significant, powerful roles as the subject matter in her paintings.

— Laura Ritchie, gallery director, The Carrack Modern Art

THROUGH THIS LENS GALLERY: The Yin and Yang of the Outer Banks, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through March 2.

Beauty and the Beast — or two photographers' perspective of how one area can be beautiful and jarring. This might also be a Venus and Mars perspective since the photographers are wife and husband — with distinct stylistic differences. The images have been paired by the artists. Margo and Arnold have worked as magazine and corporate report photographers for many years. During the past 10 years, they have also lead photo workshops around the world under the name: The Barefoot Contessa Photo Workshops.

— Roylee Duvall, director, and Seishiro Jay Tomioka, featured artist, Through This Lens


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