Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
VISUAL ART EXCHANGE: Includes three main events, 6 to 9 p.m. Food by Trader Joes:
Main Gallery: The N.E.W. Show. On view through Sept. 26.
The N.E.W. Show will feature some of the newest, most innovative works around! All work is original, completed within the past year, and never previously exhibited anywhere else.
Exchange Gallery: Featured Artists: artSPARK gallery, showcasing a cross-section of the Triangles talent as a part of SPARKcon.
The Cube: Lincoln Hancock: Journey in Turiya. On view through Oct. 19.
Launch Retail Incubator: Featuring Belindabilly by Belinda Blakley, amydraws by Amy Friend, Jbelle Designs by Jana Saur, Melsie Glass by Melanie Stoer, and Creative Creatures by Sarah Howes Whitney
Sarah Powers, Executive Director, Visual Art Exchange
THE MORNING TIMES: Sound in Mind will open Wed., Sept. 4 the eve of the fourth-annual Hopscotch Music Festival at The Morning Times and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 1. First Friday hours of operation: 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For the third consecutive year, Hopscotch Music Festival is proud to present a monthlong installation that explores music through visual art. This years show, titled Sound in Mind: Musical Memories Interpreted, pairs four regional photographers with four area painters to offer insight into the relationship between music and how we remember it.
Grayson Haver Currin, co-director, Hopscotch Music Festival
BLAKE STREET SHOPS AND STUDIOS: "Abstract Contemporary, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Sept. 27.
We have a really solid show of abstract and contemporary work this month. We're featuring the felted masterpieces of Elena Bondar, abstract photography by Caroline Cockrell, abstract paintings by Jacqueline Dulin and modern works by Anjuli Johnson. And, we'll have live music by the effervescent duo Raiford Street.
Jenn Hales, gallery manager, Blake Street Studios
ISAAC HUNTERS OAK CITY TAVERN: First Friday at Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern, 7 to 10 p.m. with live music on the patio. Art will remain until the end of the month.
Brian Matzke's style comes from his carefree, yet thoughtful approach to life, his affinity for "old school hip-hop" and his time spent in Brooklyn, N.Y. While some of his most popular work lives on skateboard decks, his freehand drawings are currently featured in Pinehurst, Wilmington and New Orleans. Come celebrate his unique vision with free food and live music until 10p.m.!
Ashleigh Davis, special events and marketing, Isaac Hunters
LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: Retrospective - A Selection Of Works," Featured Artist: Rebecca Toy, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Sept. 28.
"Retrospect" is a comprehensive collection of Toys work from this past year, including paintings and photographs from her "Winter Trees" and "Flower of Femininity" series. Twenty percent of Rebecca's sales will be donated to Walk For Hope, a local charity that supports mental health research and awareness.
Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery
THE CUPCAKE SHOPPE: First Fridays at The Cupcake Shoppe!, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
While strolling around Glenwood South, check out The Cupcake Shoppe for Buy-1-Get-1-Half Off cupcakes and to enjoy this month's featured local artist, Wade Carmichael!
Arlen Mabe, manager, The Cupcake Shoppe
NICOLES STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: New on the Art Scene, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until Sept. 27.
As Summer ends, September brings us New works on the Art Scene with Patricia Pittman, Wyn Easton, Kim Maselli and others.
Nicole White Kennedy, gallery owner, Nicoles Studio and Art Gallery
PIEBIRD: City of Oaks by Dan Nelson at Piebird, 5 to 10 p.m. Runs until Nov. 22.
This First Friday, PieBird restaurant hosts a Nicole's Studio exhibit featuring the captivating paintings of local and award-winning artist Dan Nelson. These illustrious works depict scenes from downtown and our daily life in the City of Oaks.
Miles Holst, Assistant Director, Nicoles Studio and Art Gallery
THE WINE FEED: First Friday Featuring Grapes On the Move, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs for the end of the month.
The Wine Feed will be pouring six delicious wines for you to taste from the portfolio of Empire Distributors. All of these wines are made with grapes that have found second homes away from their region of origin. To accompany your tasting, artwork will be on display from our talented neighbors at The Carter Building and you can also savor the notes of the Peggy Hayes & Doug Kobs jazz duo.
Philip Rubin, co-founder, The Wine Feed
TRIG Modern: "Wish you were here!, Paintings by Denee Black, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Oct. 1.
Wish you were here! is a series of paintings and screen prints about the sights, shapes and energies of vacationing at the beach. Black says, I recreate the way that I see my daily surroundingsin contrasting, bold blocks of shapes and saturated colors. I sometimes envision entire live spaces and moments as complete works of art. At other times, a single object or form, removed from its surroundings, may be the subject of my work. These visual snapshots, whether based on my daily surroundings, moments captured, or single objects are then translated into mixed media pieces.
Joyce Watkins King, of Joyce Watkins King Consulting
ARCHITECT BAR & SOCIAL HOUSE: Video game tribute bands D&D Sluggers and Eight Bit Disaster, 7 to 10 p.m.
The Architect will host high-energy video game tribute bands, D&D Sluggers and Eight Bit Disaster. Anyone who played video games as a kid will love this chiptunes sound that is reminiscent of Nintendo tracks and you're sure to recognize a few of the tunes.
Shawn Randall, General Manager, The Architect Bar and Social House
THE MAHLER FINE ART: First Friday at the Mahler, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
September First Friday celebrates our gallery artists. Come by to see new work by Elizabeth Bradford, Mary Roundtree Moore, David Connell, Linda Ruth Dickenson, Janet Graham Nault and Ralston Fox Smith.
Oami Powers, The Mahler Fine Art
GALLERY C: Vintage Photographs by NC Photographer Bayard Wootten, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Oct. 1.
Bayard Wootten was a pioneer photographer, an NC native and a woman. She is best known for her portraits of everyday people, both white and black at work and at play in rural communities across the state. This show concentrates on photographs taken during the 1930s.
Sharon Bell Glazener, art and framing consultant, Gallery C
311 GALLERIES AND STUDIOS: Form GesturE Vision, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 29.
Form Gesture Vision, a painting/drawing show of works by Celia Johnson, a painter of forms; Gerry Lynch, a painter of gestures; and Bill Lynch Jr., a painter of landscapes, still lifes and stories, opens Friday, Sept. 6, 2013 at 311 West Martin St. Gallery in Raleigh.
Judy Jones, owner, 311 Gallery and Studios
THE CITY GALLERY: Moving Back, Moving On: Photographs by Christine R. Choi, 7 to 10 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
We love our city and the artists in it! Join us for food, music and amazing photography by local artist Christine R. Choi. "I am driven by an unshakable desire to catch these quiet affirmations; to connect with others through the detached yet incredibly intimate object of a photograph; to find a proper place for the past and the now."
Jessica Nickerson, gallery director, quote from Christine R. Choi's artist statement, The Mahler Fine Art
LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: Are We There Yet? 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Sept. 29.
Carl Broaddus is a Graphic Artist in Raleigh, N.C. His Are We There Yet? exhibit at the LGBT Center is a series of graphic art and design prints about transitions and hurdles. Through vibrant colors and idealistic imagery, the work is intended as an encouragement to find healthier viewpoints on lifes daily struggles.
Artist Carl Broaddus, LGBT Center of Raleigh
SONO: First Friday at Sono, 5 to 9 p.m. (Ramen served from 5 to 7 p.m.) Runs until the end of the month.
Every First Friday we will feature a new local artist, a new Ramen special, and the same delicious Lemongrass sake cocktail that will soon be your favorite.
Cameron Duncan, Marketing Manager, Eschelon Experiences
ARTSPACE: Weasels for Easels! Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. First Friday reception kicks off at 6 p.m. Suggested donation $5. Includes three main events:
Gallery Two: Dear Nature - Natalie Abrams, Cynthia Camlin, & Mi-Sook Hur (Gallery Two), Sept. 6-Oct.6. Discussion & Dance Performance: Sept. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
Dear Nature features artwork by artists Natalie Abrams, Cynthia Camlin and Mi-Sook Hur. In conjunction with Dear Nature, Artspace is collaborating with Code f.a.d. Company, who will choreograph a dance inspired by this exhibition. Code f.a.d. will give three 10-minute performances, which will take place at the top of each hour during September's First Friday Gallery Walk (7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., & 9:00 p.m.). Catch a continuous, 30-minute performance, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7-8:30 p.m., followed by a discussion between Code f.a.d. Artistic Director Autumn Mist Belk and participating Dear Nature artist Natalie Abrams, moderated by Director of Programs & Exhibitions Shana Dumont Garr.
Lobby: It All Goes Back To Childhood - Kiki Farish (Lobby), Sept. 6-28.
Artspace Artists Association member Kiki Farish presents It All Goes Back To Childhood, a series of drawings focused on dichotomies. Farish explains, In this series, I begin with text that reflects conflict regarding my own family's words of comfort: Kiki, you're not fat, you're chubby. Blending abstraction and realism, Farish uses mark-making to both express and suppress emotions in her works. Fragments of realism that are present in Farishs works, give, as she states a sense of how we experience memory.
Upfront Gallery: The Places in Between - Anthony Ulinski (Upfront Gallery). Sept. 6-28.
Anthony Ulinski, Artspace Artists Association member, will exhibit his paintings this September in the Upfront Gallery of Artspace. Warehouses, farms, towns and cities that Ulinski passed on drives from Raleigh to the beach inspired this body of work. Through a series of long Sunday drives, Ulinski gathered the subject matter for his paintings. The works depict scenes spanning winter through summer looking at the way light bounced off farm buildings, abandoned warehouses and empty streets.
Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace