Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: Paint-tastic, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 30.
Please join Local Color Gallery for our March opening reception, examining two artists love of paint. Rossi and Huff, artists and educators, present their vivid works which explore seascapes, brilliant cityscape and abstract the simplicity of childhood toys. Together these paintings take you somewhere new and provoke nostalgia.
Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery
BLAKE STREET STUDIOS: Contemporary Musings, featuring black-and-white photography by Bill Cole, floral impasto paintings by Ellen Gamble and bold paintings by Marwen El Hicheri, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until March 30.
This show features three distinct styles by talented artists. Bill Cole's photography is reminiscent of Ansel Adams. Ellen Gamble's work uses lovely contemporary color to evoke nature, and Marwen El Hicheri will be displaying his signature bold and abstracted paintings.
Jenn Hales, gallery manager, Blake Street Studios
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM: CAM Raleighs First Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.
CAM Raleigh's March First Friday program includes after-hours access to the galleries, student docents in the Alistair McClymont exhibition, a special reception for the Raleigh Arts Commission's Q-Art Code Project, new hands-on activities at the creation station coordinated with the Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Fest, music by DJ Grayson Currin, Porchetta and Smiles Cupcake food trucks, free snacks and a cash bar.
Elysia Borowy-Reeder, executive director, CAM Raleigh
Notes: First Friday admission $5, and free to members, 10-and-unders, and N.C. State College of Design students, faculty and staff.
TIPPING PAINT GALLERY: "Whats the Story?" 6 to 9:30 p.m. Runs until March 30.
"Whats the Story?" N. Lee Ball presents a show that offers a puzzle for discussion. Each piece leaves the viewer with a visual that sparks conversation. As a bonus, viewers can become participants by leaving reactions, interpretations and stories at the scene or in The Note-book, giving another dimension to the narrative.
Lee Ball, gallery co-owner, Tipping Paint Gallery
LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: "Recollections," 6 to 9 p.m.
This exhibit features the art of Brenda Brokke and Leatha Koefler. Brokke's images are a mosaic of memories, materials and messages. They are mixed-media messages created to provoke thought and often have visual layers of stacked images, as well as layers of meaning. Koefler assembles memories much like her grandmother's quilts that were made from old clothing that represented a time, a place and a person. She uses scraps from our escalating technological age, where humans once stored memories in her interesting creations. She also creates figural and feminine art that is an expression of her passion for people and moving curves like those observed in the human form, and curled hair.
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311 GALLERY AND STUDIOS: "Nature Culture," paintings by Julie Cardillo, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 30.
Julie Cardillo uses nature to create narratives which are based not just in the practical aspects of nature as a critical resource, but, instead, in societys ability to imagine a world through its environment.
Judy Jones, owner, 311 Gallery and Studios
NICOLES STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: "New Works New Artists," 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until March 29.
John Poon one of the top plein-air artists in the country today, displays beautiful scenic paintings in the gallery. New artist Jean Grunewald exhibits her plein-air paintings from North Carolina to Napa Valley. These two new artists are a striking addition to some of the top contemporary realist painters already featured in Nicole's Studio.
Nicole Kennedy, owner and artist, Nicoles Studio and Art Gallery
THE CARDINAL CLUB: "The Viral Spiral," 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the Sir Walter Room. Runs until May 3.
Large abstract paintings by Chapel Hill artist Warren Hicks. The 15 paintings on display are composed of brilliant colors delivered with energetic brush strokes unique to the artist.
Warren Hicks, artist
Note: The Cardinal Club is located on the 28th floor of Wells Fargo Building in downtown Raleigh.
THE MAHLER FINE ART: Paintings & studies by NC artist John Beerman, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 6.
The Mahler Fine Art will be showing internationally known painter John Beerman's paintings and studies.
Shawn Brewster, art consultant, The Mahler Fine Art
ARTSPACE: March First Friday Exhibitions. Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. First Friday reception kicks off at 6 p.m. Includes six main events:
Gallery One: Strange Chemistry, Margaux Crump. Runs until March 9.
Don't miss catching artist Margaux Crump's sculptures in Strange Chemistry that investigate 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. These nine artists participated in Artspace's Regional Emerging Artist program spanning from 2007 through 2012. The residency 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: "Human or Not?" Runs until March 30.
Juie Rattley III has found inspiration for his most recent body of work in his own life. On May 18, 2007, Rattley's childhood friend, Curtis DeAngelo "DD" Lennon, was killed in an apparent home invasion. Through a series of self portraits, Rattley shows various expressions of anger, resignation and sadness. Rattley explains that painting has always been therapeutic for him and felt that the only way to address his friend's death was to incorporate it into the visual language of art. Rattley states, As a visual artist who experienced a loss to gun violence, I feel it is my job to use the visual language to enlighten people about the effects of gun violence.
Lobby: "Tight Rope," by Scott Welsh, regional emerging artist-in-residence. Runs until March 30. Also join for a meet & greet and lecture, March 14, 6-7:30p.m.
In Tight Rope, Scott Welshs large-scale paintings and drawings address confidenceveiled within us all, but barricaded by insecurities and socially dictated standards. He notes, We teeter on this precarious tight rope, constantly falling to one side or the other, rarely staying precisely on track. Its confidence that keeps us upright. Welshs paintings ask the viewer to confront the ambiguity of identity, blurring the line between femininity and masculinity, postulating the concept of androgyny as an authentic depiction of our nature.
Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace
VISUAL ART EXCHANGE: Includes two main events:
Main Gallery: "Pop!" 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 28.
"Pop!" will feature work that incorporates themes and ideas from popular culture. This show is juried by Mary Kay Kennedy, development assistant, Artspace, Raleigh.
Cube: "New Mythologists: The Three Horseman of the Apocalypse," an installation by The MMXII Collective, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 19.
Come check out a new installation by artist David Mazure and The MMXII Collective in the celito.net cube at Visual Art Exchange!
Meredith Burgess, exhibitions director, Visual Art Exchange
LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: Johnny Dean McCurry, LGBT Center of Raleigh First Friday Art Series, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through March.
Johnny Dean McCurry grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, graduating from SVA with a BFA in 1993. After many travels and homes made across the country, he has settled in Asheville, back in his old North Carolina stomping grounds. Through his vibrant landscapes, you can glean a bit of the magic that brought him back home! Join us to see the magic for yourselves!
Matthew Mirarchi, First Friday coordinator, LGBT Center of Raleigh
THE WINE FEED: Les Vins Français: March First Friday Wine Tasting, 6 to 9 p.m.
The Wine Feed is hosting a very special First Friday event that any Francophile wont want to miss. Stop by to sip on an expanded selection of French wines that are the crème de la crème. Joining us will be French winemakers Lionel Latorse, Emmanuel Rybinski, Jo Landron and Virgile Rousseau, who will be available to discuss their fine wines being poured.
Philip Rubin, co-founder, The Wine Feed
ANVIL STUDIO & GALLERY: NC Made @ ANVIL Pop-up Shop, 6 to 10 p.m. First Friday only.
Every First Friday we will curate a different mix of locally made products in our new First Friday Pop-up Shop. With artists rotating their wares every month you never know what great items you will find or when you'll see them again.
Becky Wofford-Waehner, owner, ANVIL
BENELUX CAFE: 2nd Annual Raleigh Bikes Art Show, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until April 4.
The 2nd Annual Raleigh Bikes Art Show will premiere on Friday March 1 at the Benelux Cafe in Downtown City Market. The show will feature bike-related paintings, photos, sketches, prints, crafts, jewelry and more (even custom made bike frames!) from local artists and will last throughout the month on March. Ride on down to City Market for the premiere on March 1 or ride with the First Friday Bike Group!
Sam Bennett, co-organizer of Oaks & Spokes
THE CUPCAKE SHOPPE: "Enchanted Places with Ana Teresa Galizes," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of March.
Ana Teresa Galizes' exhibit, Enchanting Places, has captured the enduring beauty and quiet mystery of European castles. Stop by to enjoy her remarkable photographs while enjoying complimentary coffee and buy one get one half- off cupcakes!
Arlen Mabe, manager, The Cupcake Shoppe
BABYLON: Art and Architecture in Historic Raleigh, 5 to 10 p.m. Runs until the end of March.
Inspired by the opulence of the ancient Mesopotamian city of Babylon and the legendary wonderment of the Hanging Gardens comes a conceptual restaurant, lounge and event space unique in its kind to downtown Raleighs dining and entertainment landscape. The historic building is a centerpiece of Raleigh's commitment to maintaining its historic integrity. Come experience the beauty, the style, and the elegance of art hidden in plain sight at Babylon. Well host an international-themed dance event featuring Latin, African, Arabic, European and American music with live belly dancers, international cocktails and beers, and friendly multicultural staff and the triangles most talented DJs.
Samad Hachby, owner and creative director, Babylon
TRIG MODERN: Grand Opening event, 5 to 10 p.m. Featuring art by Tom Warren, Joyce Watkins-King, Steve Staresina and Lee Tripi. Work on display until next First Friday.
TRIG Modern is located at 328 West Jones St. and has off-street parking available. In addition there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Nancy MacFarlane at 6 p.m., live music performed by the Paul Rogers Duo, refreshments, libations, and drawings for goods and services.
Jessica Streamo, TRIG Modern