Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
THE MORNING TIMES: Watercolor Illustrations from Amy Richards The ABCs of NC, Opening Reception/Book Launch/Party, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
Artist Amy Richards recently kick-started a whimsical coloring book featuring illustrations of some of the greatest things North Carolina has to offer. This exhibit consists of watercolor paintings of those illustrations. It also serves as a release party for her upcoming book, The ABC's of NC.
Casey Porn, gallery manager, The Morning Times
BLAKE STREET SHOPS & STUDIOS: Encaustics Galore, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Dec. 30.
Blake Street will be featuring the amazing encaustic work of Lauri Arntsen and Victoria Primicias. These two artists are masters of their craft and the show highlights the delicacy and the versatility of their medium. Well also have live music by singer, songwriter, keyboard-player and electronic musician John Worth Hansen (and his four-piece band).
Jenn Hales, gallery manager, Blake Street Studios
LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: 7th Annual SISTERS Exhibition, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Dec. 28.
Acrylic Functional Pottery and Gouache Sisters Virginia Owen and Mary Beth Owen have invited Russian artist Galina Stockstill to join their annual show. The sisters are from Russian heritage, but locally reared. Come out and see how Russia and America can get along and make something beautiful together!
Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery
NICOLES STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: It's a Colorful Life, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until Dec. 28.
Our 10th annual Holiday Exhibit . Set Yourself Apartthis Season give the gift of Original Art! We have hundreds of beautiful works from paintings and prints to jewelry, locally made ornaments and much more.
Nicole White Kennedy, artist and gallery owner, Nicoles Studio and Art Gallery
GALLERY C: Holiday Installation by Louis St. Lewis AND Jeweler Trunk Show by Karen Mason, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
Gallery C is pleased to present an exciting Holiday Installation by Raleighs own innovative artist and bad boy, Louis St. Lewis. St. Lewis has recently collaborated with neon artist, Nate Sheaffer to create sparkling pieces that are a mixture of sex, glamour and antiquity and are just perfect for the holiday. Karen Mason will be here to discuss her unique pieces combining a fine black mesh with pearls and other stones to create beautiful necklaces and earrings that have an exotic appeal.
Sharon Bell Glazener, Gallery C
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: Biennial Three Person Exhibition - Artists Mary Ann Anderson, Linda Ruth Dickinson, & Susan Martin, Dec. 6-Jan. 11.
Artspace presents the Biennial Three-Person exhibition guest curated by Jennifer Dasal, associate curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Three-Person Exhibition features Artspace members Mary Ann Anderson, Linda Ruth Dickinson and Susan Martin for an intriguing connection: the influence of Asia on their art-making. Whether by technique, personal experience or Eastern thinking, the traces of Asian culture are subtle and, as Dasal writes, producing a hybrid of sortsa blending of West and East, as seen through the eyes of these three North Carolina artists. Each artist worked with Dasal to create new work for the exhibition, and paintings and multiple print processes will be represented.
Gallery Two: Flirting with Abundance - Angela Piehl & Crystal Wagner, Dec. 6-Jan. 25. Artist talk, Dec. 6, 6pm.
Artspace's Gallery Two will be graced by a two-person show with works by nationally recognized artists in the exhibition Flirting with Abundance. Angela Piehl of Kansas City, Mo., shows her black-and-white drawings that are feats of draftsmanship and speak to our contemporary state of admiring luxury, accumulating objects and being alienated from nature. Crystal Wagner of Atlanta, Ga., will build a unique site-specific installation using relief print, screen-print, cut paper and birthday-party tablecloths. Both Piehl and Wagner teach at the college level. There will be a public artists talk at Artspace at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6.
Lobby: The Mapping Project - Sarah Powers, through Dec. 28.
Raleigh arts leader and Artspace Artists Association member Sarah Powers shows her new series, The Mapping Project, in the Lobby Gallery. Of her process, Powers writes that it is a cycle creating images, arranging elements and editing information. She begins with photos of the landscape, drawings and collaged matter, and then adds acrylic medium, pigment and paint. Playing with texture and line, she conjures place with minimalist compositions.
Upfront Gallery: Home - Michael Gallagher & Tanya Casteel, through Dec. 28.
The Upfront Gallery, devoted to Artspace member artists, features wood furniture by Michael Gallagher and ceramics by Tanya Casteel in the exhibition Home. The husband and wife, based in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., are interested in, as Gallagher says, bringing function and art to the everyday home life experience. Casteels influence in oceanic imagery is evident in the decals and other designs she applies to her platters, vases and plates.
Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace
DESIGNBOX: Brand Fandango XII Local Gift Shop, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Through Dec. 23
Join us for 12 hours of holiday shopping at Designbox! Every year Designbox does a call for local artists and designers to join the already outstanding list of local art/design/craft talent in the Designbox Shop for the month of December. This year in addition to the already 50+ brands in the shop, Designbox is welcoming over 20 more!
Britt Freeman, designbox
LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: ANYTHING GOES 2013, Closing Reception, Dec. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.
This annual exhibit contains 78 works of art of 38 established and emerging artists and will showcase an outstanding range of original visual art in traditional, contemporary and avant-garde creations. It provides a range of varying treatments that challenge traditional practices of visual art and incorporates varied media such as paintings, photography, sculpture and mixed-media. This special exhibit will appeal to the most discerning art-lovers and will feature the artists' most evocative, unique and creative work.
James Fatata, director, Litmus Gallery & Studios
FISH MARKET STUDENT GALLERY: Synthesis, 6 to 11 p.m. First Friday only!
An exhibit of the North Carolina State's Art & Design seniors in the College of Design. Featuring Fibers, Animation, and more!
Ryan Grady, Director of the Fish Market Student Gallery.
CAM RALEIGH: FREE First Friday at CAM Raleigh, Surveying the Terrain, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs through Jan. 13.
December FREE First Friday at CAM Raleigh sponsored by North Carolina Modernist Houses includes the spectacular Surveying the Terrain exhibition, hands-on make-and-take art in the New Creation Station, Middle School Docents, Food Trucks and lots of fun.
Gab Smith, executive director, CAM Raleigh
LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: The LGBT Center of Raleigh's 4th Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Artist Retrospective, 6 to 9 p.m. Retrospective runs through Dec. 30; the craft fair is First Friday only.
Rebecca Rousseau, Charles Snavely and Carl Broaddus will be back for the Center's 2013 Retrospective in December. The night of the opening will also feature a craft fair of local artisans showcasing their handcrafted wares, from jewelry and pottery to soaps, dog treats and more. It's the perfect place to pick up some local, handmade gifts while enjoying refreshments and some wonderful art.
Kim Chapin, First Friday coordinator, LGBT Center of Raleigh
IRREGARDLESS CAFE: Featuring Dr. Stephen R. Anderson, UNC Prof. of Composition and Jazz Studies on Friday, 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Stephen Anderson is one of the best keyboardists in the Triangle. When The Stephen Anderson Duo plays, it is serious jazz. [http://www.reverbnation.com/artiststephenanderson]
Anya Gordon, manager, Irregardless Cafe
VISUAL ART EXCHANGE: Includes three main events, 6 to 9 p.m.
Main Gallery: VAE's annual holiday show is a great showcase of gift size and priced works. All works are 20″ or less and everything in the gallery is priced at under $300. Our artists have also "Decked the Gallery" with handmade, one-of-a-kind ornaments. All work from the show is cash and carry so folks can have your presents home and wrapped for the holidays! On view through Dec. 21.
Exchange Gallery: Featured Artists: Ryan Cummings, Eric Saunders, Mary Storms, and Yuko N. Taylor. On view through Dec. 21.
The Cube: How to Become Stainless Steel by Sarah Goetz. On view through Dec. 13. Artist talk, Dec. 6, 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
NORA AND NICKYS: First Friday at Nora and Nicky's of Downtown Raleigh, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs for one week after First Friday.
Stop by Nora and Nicky's of downtown Raleigh this First Friday for wine, photography and fashion! We will be featuring photography from artists Joel Schroeter and Samantha Floyd. Schroeter uses film to evict dramatic emotions through everyday oddities and the landscapes of the northern Midwest, while Floyd offers a unique and almost dreamy approach to her natural surroundings and is a creator of beautiful moments through digital photography.
Sarah Moore, sales associate, Nora and Nickys
VAULT YOGA: First Friday at Vault Yoga, 7 to 10 p.m. Runs for two weeks after First Friday.
Art by Kathryn Cook; Chair Massage by donation with Lisa; Free Gentle Yoga Class with Meditation 9-10 = Yoga/Art/Music/Fun.
Patricia Wigington, Vault Yoga
FEELGOODZ: Holiday Pop -up Shop Weekend, Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. with a small selection of products remaining at the Feelgoodz store through December.
Skip the mall and shop local! Local brands supporting artisans and cooperatives around the world will be showcasing their product during this limited time pop-up shop engagement.
Jennifer DeSimone, inside sales manager, Feelgoodz
CARTER BUILDING: Yelp's Holiday Marketplace @ The Carter Building, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Celebrate December's First Friday with the Yelp Holiday Marketplace at The Carter Building. Get to know Raleigh artisans while shopping for local art and handmade products. Free shopping bags, refreshments and giftwrapping will be provided.
Shirley W Polk, owner, Studio Cicada
MOON AND LOLA: Moon and Lola First Friday, 7 to 10 p.m. First Friday only!
Come shop and sip at Moon and Lola Raleigh! Professional nail artist Crystal Clark from the Umstead Spa and Nail Yeah! will be offering free polish changes from 7 to 10 p.m.! Also, enjoy 15 percent off storewide all day! Let the gift-giving begin!
Emily Bagley, brand manager, Moon and Lola
ISAAC HUNTERS OAK CITY TAVERN: First Friday at Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern, 7 to 10 p.m. Runs through the end of the month.
Elena Caron's newest series, "Skin," is about the struggles of being a woman. Using different mediums and a clever tree metaphor, she explores how women should be comfortable in their own skin. Come help us celebrate her work with live music and free food until 10 p.m.
Ashleigh Davis, special events, Isaac Hunters