Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
LABOURLOVE GALLERY: Reception for new artist, Jeff Smith, and Golden Belt celebrates five years with a Summer Concert Series! 6 to 9 p.m.
Come join us for Third Friday events and meet the new artist to the collective, painter Jeff Smith! LabourLove Gallery is a collective of North Carolina artists and designers located in Golden Belt. LabourLove currently has wall and shelf spaces available! If you are interested in joining the collective, check out our website and download an application.
Golden Belt is turning 5 this year! Well, technically Golden Belt is 100+ years old, but it officially opened in its current incarnation as a retail, arts, office and residential multi-use center on Third Friday of July 2008. To celebrate this milestone and the community that has grown all around us, were hosting a series of free live concerts over the course of five dates. The series kicks off on May Third Friday at 6 p.m. with Hammer No More the Fingers. More inf on the concert series.
Kelly Dew, creative director, LabourLove Gallery, with contribution from Jessie Brown, management assistant, Scientific Properties
LIBERTY ARTS FOUNDRY: Mighty Fresh, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 12.
Liberty Arts artists are always on the cutting edge of the vibe that has Durham on the national radar as this generation's Seattle, Austin or Brooklyn. They have dreamed up a new round of work theyre calling, Mighty Fresh. We also heard that Liberty Arts artists Mike Lupa and Jackie MacLeod built a new bar for the studio space from two salvaged and rusted steel sheets that were about to be tossed out. They topped it with heavily glossed bead board from the Re-use Warehouse. They made up the sides out of old boiler pipes cut down from the Liberty Arts building. Scavenging and reusing doesn't get any better than that. Come quaff a beer this Third Friday.
Aaron Mandel, director of operations, Liberty Arts
DURHAM ART GUILD: Includes two main events:
Room 100 (at Golden Belt): Truck Series: Jerome, Arizona - paintings by member artist Jenny Blazing, 6-9 p.m. Runs until May 28.
In Truck Series: Jerome, Arizona, Jenny Blazings paintings of dilapidated vehicles make a strong case for the wonder to be discovered in forgotten environments. Her interpretive renderings bring to life the untended corners of this deserted town from rusted trucks to aged buildings.
Jenny Blazing (from her artist statement), member artist, Durham Art Guild
Suntrust Gallery: SCAPES, 5-7 p.m. On view through May 25.
DAG's second juried themed exhibition of 2013 explores landscapes, cityscapes, dreamscapes and escapes. SCAPES features 52 works of art by 39 member and nonmember community artists."
Katie Seiz, gallery director, Durham Art Guild
DURHAM ARTS COUNCIL: Third Friday reception, 5 to 7 p.m., featuring performances by the artists of Resolving the Disquiet. Allenton Gallery: Nancy Tuttle May Selected Works; Semans Gallery: Our House: Durham Arts Council School Annual Faculty and Student Exhibition; Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery: auda Zahra With These Hands: Quilting as a Spiritual Odyssey. Runs until July 14.
Come see Durham talent in the visual arts, from well-known stars, such as our very own Nancy Tuttle May, to budding artists from the Durham Arts Council School! This Third Friday reception will feature an exciting multimedia collaboration between Nancy Tuttle May and musical artist The Idiosyncratic Beats of DeJacusse, who will be debuting Far Afield, a sound piece that was inspired by Tuttle Mays artwork.
Lindsay Gordon, art services manager, DAC
THROUGH THIS LENS GALLERY: Artists Reception & Talk for Photo Exhibition + live music and juggling by Kate Rich; Vaudeville Photographic Work by Dan Herrera, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through July 13.
Gallery owner Roylee Duvall first became aware of Dan Herrera during the Hand+Eye International Hand+Eye Photographic Competition in 2011. Through This Lens hosted the resulting exhibition of winners and select works from that competition in the fall of 2011. Herrera's photograph, Continuity, won first place. Vaudeville, the exhibition set to open at Through This Lens on Third Friday, May 17, is a one-person show including Continuity and several other 40-by-30-inch gum-bichromate prints by Herrera. The images are fantasy and craft combined. You might never have seen such large "gum" prints, and they are all five-color over cyanotype. If you are curious, then try to attend the artist's talk during opening night. The event is free and open to the public.
Roylee Duvall, gallery director, Through This Lens
THE SCRAP EXCHANGE: Friends and Family Show, a nonjuried, community exhibit of art that incorporates elements of reuse, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 15.
The Friends and Family exhibit currently in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange has been extended for another month through June 15! An artists' reception will be held on Friday, May 17, from 6-9 p.m. During the reception, The Scrap Exchange will add Spoken Word elements to the standard Third Friday festivities. Clarion Content will be on-hand to show clips and the trailer from an upcoming documentary, titled Truth Underground, which will focus on the growing Spoken Word scene in Durham. The reception will also feature live performances by Spoken Word maestros and some of the local youth poets developing their poetry art here in the Bull City.
Ruth Warren, marketing and promotions coordinator/online sales coordinator, The Scrap Exchange
CLAYMAKERS GALLERY: Handbuilt, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until July 13.
Claymakers Gallery will host a five-person show featuring the work of Chris Campbell, Cathy Kiffney, Amy Sanders, Caroly Van Duyn and Evelyn Ward. People's first tools are their hands, and hand-building as a clay-working technique is companion to most human history. Hand-coiled, -pinched, -molded and -rolled clay resulted in bricks, vessels and sculptures long before the development of the potters wheel. These five North Carolina artists highlighted in Handbuilt skillfully employ these timeless techniques in a present-day mode.
Gillian Parke, curator, Claymakers Gallery
SPECTRE ARTS: SPECTRE Arts Grand Opening, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Aug. 9.
Get ready for an exciting new addition to the Golden Belt Arts Scene @SPECTREArts. Great photographs by Jeremy M. Lange, live music with Loamlands Duo, and great food and spirits provided by Pie Pushers, Wine Authorities and Ponysaurus Brewery.
Alicia Lange, director, SPECTRE Arts
DURHAM CINEMATHEQUE: Movies in the Park - Movies All Over the Leaf, 8:45 p.m. One night only.
Movies in the Park is an important part of the Durham Cinematheque yearthis is real film under real stars. These programs are unique, and if the weather is nice, it makes for a great evening. This show features some footage shot in Durham in 1939, plus a big selection of vintage television commercials and an experimental film finale.
Tom Whiteside, director, Durham Cinematheque