Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE/ HORSE & BUGGY PRESS UPFRONT GALLERY: "If I Had Wings an installation by environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 25.
Whoever we are, wherever we livebirds are wild and all around us. Pigeons and red-tail hawks inhabit New York City. Crows are everywhere. Can we live among wild things and not dream of their wildness, their ability to fly above us and live beside us in places we do not know? Like many who live in an urban neighborhood full of trees, I feed the backyard birds. Daily, I watch red cardinals and black, white and gray chickadees as they gather on my birdfeeder with sparrows and wrens. On the ground are pigeons and juncos and an occasional rufous-sided towhee scratching for fallen seeds. Most mornings, when I open my front door to empty the trash or go to my studio, I hear the crows calling from far above. As I write this, I watch a female cardinal with a bright orange beak and subtle green and brown feathers forage for seeds on the Rose of Sharon bush outside my office window. I watch the birds and I wish I could fly
Dave Wofford, curator/foyer gallery, BCAC/Horse & Buggy Press
LABOURLOVE GALLERY: Third Friday Welcoming Reception for new artist Morgan Griggs, 6 to 9 p.m.
Come join us in welcoming a new artist to the collective: artist Morgan Griggs! 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 labourlove.com.
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 two main events:
Room 100: "EVERYTHING ELSE: New paintings by Lincoln Penn Hancock," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 26.
By combining process painting and abstraction with found and collected graphic artifacts from promotional adverts and poster art, Lincoln Penn Hancocks new work mines late 20th-century visual vernacular to imbue the everyday with new indications and meaning. Interrogating cultural arenas, such as sport and the art market, Hancock locates material resonances through intuitive juxtapositions of paint and print; commercial and poetic expression. He leverages improvised applications of color and collage to coax the emergence of images exploring memory, meaning and modernity.
Lincoln Hancock, member artist, Durham Art Guild
Suntrust Gallery: "Transitions: Movement, Passage, Chance," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until 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. The Peoples Choice Award will be announced at 6:30 p.m.
Katie Seiz, gallery director, Durham Art Guild
MERCURY STUDIO: "the day i wrote love letters to everyone whos ever given me a hug, an art experience by Sarah Goetz", 7 to 11 p.m. Live music at 8 p.m. by all your science & ASANA. Runs through April.
Durham artist Sarah Goetz has created a site-specific installation for Mercury Studio's hallway gallery. Goetz explores the stability of the geodesic dome as a reflection on binding relationships in this installation titled "the day i wrote love letter to everyone who's ever given me a hug."
Megan Jones, art director, Mercury Studio
DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL: Third Friday reception, 5 to 7 p.m., featuring performances by the artists of Resolving the Disquiet. Other events running until May 5 include:
Allenton Gallery: "The Geometry of Hope" by Jeanne Heifetz
Semans Gallery: "Resolving the Disquiet," installations and performances by Jan- Ru Wan, Jody Cassell, Megan Bostic and Samantha Pell
Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery: "With These Hands: Quilting as a Spiritual Odyssey" by Sauda Zahra
These new exhibits showcase mixed media in multiple forms: Jeanne Heifetz, a Brooklyn-based artist, draws abstract images with shadow on the walls, while the Triangle-based artists of Resolving the Disquiet use their mixed-media installations to explore the topics of grief and mourning.
Lindsay Gordon, art services manager, DAC
COMMUNECOS RECYCLIQUE: Credit Unions & Local Banking: How Local Lending Helps Build Communities, 6 to 8 p.m. Free (we pass the hat for donations, but no one turned away).
Headquartered in downtown Durham, Self-Help is one of the nation's leading community development financial institutions with a certified low-income designation. What does this mean? How do cooperative, community-development credit unions differ from other credit unions or banks? Kristen will discuss their social justice history, the responsible development work currently happening in Durham, as well as public-policy work across the nation, and how you can be a part of it.
Sandy Smith-Nonini, coordinator, Communecos Recyclique
THE CARRACK MODERN ART: "Ternary: 3 Durham Abstract Painters," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 23.
"Ternary: 3 Durham Abstract Painters" is a show by three young artists unified in their bold use of color and commitment to working in Durham. Inspired by the Washington Color School, Joe McDonough, Ross Ford and Ryan McKellar wish to reignite a serious conversation about color and abstraction in Durham.
Laura Ritchie, gallery director, The Carrack Modern Art
THROUGH THIS LENS GALLERY: "More Dreams" photographs by Catharine Carter, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through March 20.
Photographic artist Catharine Carter has combined her training as a painter with her longtime experience as a professional photographer to produce More Dreams. Somewhere between photography and painting, these images might be taken for storybook illustrations, but with the adult perspective of archetype and the subconscious. The most recent additions to this body of work includes one of a kind mixed media, based on photographs by Carter, but using painterly textures on wooden boxes.
Roylee Duvall, director, Through This Lens
THE SCRAP EXCHANGE: Elsewhere presents "A-LIVE in the Kitchen" in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 13.
The Elsewhere artists from Greensboro team up with The Scrap Exchange to present "A-LIVE in the Kitchen," a cooking show installation featuring cultures, yeasts, herbs, wild edibles and fungi as primary ingredients. A-LIVE in the Kitchen re-imagines the cooking show format as a platform for participatory culinary experiments, inviting local communities to broadcast A-LIVE from the Scrap Exchange gallery using puppets, at-hand materials and scraps as material for each show. A pilot episode of A-LIVE in the Kitchen will premiere during the opening reception on March 15 in the Green Gallery at the Scrap Exchange, inviting visitors to join us in our live audience as special guests. (To arrange a personal taping of the show with friends or family after the opening, email Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Future episodes of A-LIVE in the Kitchen will be shown on ALIVE TV, a community broadcast television station at Elsewhere, a living museum set inside a former thrift-store in Greensboro, N.C.
Ruth Warren, marketing and promotions coordinator/online sales coordinator, The Scrap Exchange