Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
VISUAL ART EXCHANGE: Includes three main events, 6 to 9 p.m.
Main Gallery: Featuring works of art depicting inanimate objects, which can include natural and man-made objects.
Exchange Gallery: Featured Artists: Andie Freeman, Susan K Jones, Donna Schultz, Helen Seebold, and Robert Werbicki
The Cube: Lincoln Hancock: Journey in Turiya. On view through Oct. 19. Artist talk, Oct. 4, 6:30-7 p.m.
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: Past and Present, works by Garrett Scales, 6 to 11 p.m. Runs until Oct. 31.
Scales, a self-taught artist, has spent more than nine years pursuing hand-stenciled images on a variety of surfaces, including paper, wood and textiles. His hauntingly beautiful images are meticulously detailed and executed with mindboggling precision.
Casey Porn, gallery manager, The Morning Times
BLAKE STREET SHOPS AND STUDIOS: Blake Street Bonanza, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Oct. 25.
We'll be showing Susan Skrzycki's haunting works, as well as work by the City Market Studios collective (including Denise Worden & Cawanua Adcock Keeling.) We also have two grand openings (a sweets and treats shop, and a Balinesian art gallery). It should be an exciting eventespecially because the absolutely fabulous Shenette Jones will be rounding out the evening with her soulful modern music.
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.
Elijah Ott creates art quickly when he needs to shut out the world and forget what's going on around him. Only using spray paint and random things he finds lying around, his creations become fascinating layers of color and light. Help us celebrate his unique style with live music and free food.
Ashleigh Davis, special events and marketing, Isaac Hunters
LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: Games People Play," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Oct. 26.
Local Color Gallery's exhibition "Games People Play" is a refreshing show of two talented artists' takes on well-known games. Join us for a fun evening hosted by well-known mixed-media artist Adrien Montoya and stained-glass master Lizzie Bailey.
Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery
THE CUPCAKE SHOPPE: First Fridays @ The Cupcake Shoppe! 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
Stop by The Cupcake Shoppe at 104 Glenwood Ave. to enjoy local art and Raleigh's finest cupcakes! From 6 to 9 p.m., the cupcakes are buy one, get one half off!
Arlen Mabe, manager, The Cupcake Shoppe
NICOLES STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: National Impressionist Masters with John Poon & Rick McClure, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until Oct. 26.
Featured October artists John Poon & Rick McClure represent the best of the nation's Contemporary Impressionists. Both have garnered national recognitionfrom Southwest Art Magazine, Plein Air Magazine to Signature Member status of the American Impressionist Society. Their beautiful and exquisitely executed oils and acrylics on canvas stand apart.
Nicole White Kennedy, gallery owner, Nicoles Studio and Art Gallery
THE WINE FEED: First Friday: Green Wine Tasting, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs for the end of the month.
Octobers First Friday is going green at The Wine Feed! From sustainable to organic to biodynamic, the terminology to describe eco-friendly wines can get confusing. During this special event we will pour wines that fit these categories and will help you discover what each term means. We will also feature exquisite art from the talented artists in The Carter Building to round out this informative and fun night.
Philip Rubin, co-founder, The Wine Feed
GALLERY C: Sally Resnik Rockriver, Unfound: the Glass Rains of Planet Azure, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Nov 8.
Artist Sally Resnik Rockrivers newest work draws its inspiration and name from the recent discovery of a planet, 63 light years away, where scientists believe the 2,000 degree temperature heats silicate particles in the atmosphere causing it literally to rain glass. Her work is a mix of glassblowing, ceramics, sculpture, and chemical reaction, and brings to mind other worlds.
Sharon Bell Glazener, art and framing consultant, Gallery C
THE CITY GALLERY: City Gallery opening reception, 7 to 10 p.m. Runs until Oct. 29.
For the month of October, City Gallery is showing paintings by local artist Keith Adams. Adams paintings explore paint through abstractions of color and symbolism. The opening reception is free to public and will feature a variety of local beer from selected Raleigh breweries.
Stephen Shingler, head of publication, City Gallery
SONO: A Snapshot of Dimitri, 5 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
If you're seeking high energy and compassion in every photograph, look no further than Dimitri Williams. He is a self-taught photographer who sees something a little different when he looks through the lens.
Cameron Duncan, marketing manager, Eschelon Experiences
ZINDA: A night with Shawlsmith London, 5 to 9 p.m. One night only.
A night of fashion and fun from a luxury women's accessory brand. Scarfs and wraps that are extremely versatile and boast a unique flair. Accessories are available for purchase.
Cameron Duncan, marketing manager, Eschelon Experiences
ARTSPACE: Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. First Friday reception kicks off at 6 p.m. Suggested donation $5. Includes four main events:
Gallery One: Thought Maps & Ladders, Ray Duffey & Becky Joye (Gallery One), Sept. 14-Nov. 9.
Thought Maps & Ladders features artwork by artists Ray Duffey and Becky Joye. Duffey is an artist who explores the relationships between wood, sculpture and furniture. His current sculptural series combine refined woodworking with the rough quality of reclaimed scrap material to create a relationship between vessel-like forms and their support structures. Joye puts her experience as an architect to fanciful and at times ironic use to create her Amusement series, featured in Thought Maps & Ladders. Her amusement parks are set in stark, horizon-less spaces that are colored with a dizzying range of rich, flat paint shades and collaged fabric and thread. Viewers are welcome to relish her return to youthful euphoria with a gondola, a series of islands, an elaborate network of chutes, a roller coaster, swings and other delights crafted expressly for the delight of our eyes.
Gallery Two: Dear Nature, Natalie Abrams, Cynthia Camlin, & Mi-Sook Hur (Gallery Two), Oct. 6 to Oct. 26.
Nature holds for us an ongoing captivation while it perpetually informs our place in the world. Dear Nature features artwork by artists Natalie Abrams, Cynthia Camlin and Mi-Sook Hur, representing a range of art media, including wax on panel, watercolor on screen print and cast sculptural forms.
Lobby: It All Goes Back To Childhood, Kiki Farish (Lobby), through mid-October.
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: Entomology, Pat Scull (Upfront Gallery). Oct. 4-26.
Pat Sculls new series of ceramic wall pieces originated from visits to the Insect Museum in the entomology department of N.C. State University. She was able to observe drawers upon drawers of collected specimens under a microscope, and these ceramic pieces are the results of those observations. Scull focused on texture, juxtaposed fragile next to solid forms, and integrated shapes and forms of what she saw. She also introduced something man-made, such as a sharp tool, metal that might trap, or something that might poke or sting.
Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace
FLANDERS GALLERY: Opening Reception, Derek Toomes; and Opening Reception, Andrea Meyers, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Oct. 30.
Come by on First Friday to see new works by Derek Toomes at Flanders Gallery! We will also be displaying works by artist, Andrea Meyers. Local beer and wine, friends and fun!
Brandon Cordrey, gallery manager, Flanders Gallery
BENELUX CAFE: Opening Reception: Erin Duncan, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Oct. 30.
Benelux is proud to display photographs by Erin Duncan. Come by on First Friday for coffee, beer, food, art and music!"
Brandon Cordrey, art director, Benelux Cafe
SIMKIN: Simkin presents the art and imagination of Chenoa Hill, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
Chenoa Hill is going to be showing off her twisted outlook and the playful souls shes created and mounted, so whether youre a camo-wearin hunter with a big gun or a card-carryin PETA buff, imagine these big-game trophies perched on your den wall.
Mark Westphal, channel manager, Simkin
DESIGNBOX: Day of the Dead, 30 Artist Group Show, 6 to 10 p.m.
This show started as a brainstorm. When I was out in downtown Raleigh in November, I noticed some Day of the Dead decorations and it reminded me of how much I enjoy the holiday. I really wanted to see what my favorite local artists would make for Day of the Dead.
Keith Norval, artist and curator, designbox
LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: Music of the Spheres, Telling Stories One Painting at a Time, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through Oct. 26.
This exhibit features Sharon Schaffer and Susan Espin and offers a little something for everyone. Schaffer explores the circle with an exhibit of pottery and paintings. Espin tells stories one painting at a time with water colors, batiks and pastels. There is always a story with the piece of art, yours and the artist. Come meet the artist storyteller and add your story.
Sharon Schaffer, potter/artist, Litmus Gallery & Studios
Lisa Stewart Designs@ Blake Street Shops: Mask Your Identity: Handcrafted Leather Masks, 6 to 10 p.m. Masks available all month.
Will you reveal or conceal yourself with a handcrafted leather mask? Match up your ideal attribute to unearth your animal archetype and showcase your fascinating primal style. Perfect for the upcoming fete or masquerade party, these one-of-a-kind leather masks will protect your most valued possessionyour identity.
Lisa Stewart, CREATIVEGoddess