January First Friday guide

Published Sun, Dec 29, 2013 04:58 PM
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See more work from Shannon Johnstone at Artspace during First Friday. Courtesy of Artspace

Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent

THE MORNING TIMES: Sugar Shacked: A Year of Treats Not Meant to Eat, Paintings by DeDe Farrell & Katy Meehan, 12 18-by-18-inch acrylic paintings on canvas, 6 to 11 p.m. Runs until Jan. 30.

Taking a crack at the concept of seasonality, we've chosen to celebrate 12 sweet treats we associate with each month of the year. Because the show debuts in January, we're making it a New Year's resolution in paint, pledging to forgo each treat for the month in which it's featured in 2014. "

— Katy Meehan and DeDe Farrell, via Casey Porn, gallery manager, The Morning Times

BLAKE STREET SHOPS & STUDIOS: Bold Abstractions, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Jan. 31.

We'll be showing Marwen El Hicheri's vibrant and symbolic paintings, as well as Marty Mathew's bold mixed-media work. The music group Thelonious NC will also be performing a capella.

— Jenn Hales, gallery manager, Blake Street Studios

LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: Winter Sale, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Jan. 31.

Members Exhibit Eclectic Mixed Media Event: A collaboration of mediums and styles. Local Color Gallery is having a Winter Sale. Everything in our second studio room will be $50 and under. "Great prices for great art…"

— Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery

NICOLE’S STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: An New Year of Exceptional Fine Art , 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until Jan. 30.

Nicole's Studio & Gallery starts 2014 showcasing works by our top award winners outstanding works in both regional and national juried exhibit; including Diana Coidan, Cecilia Guitarte, Nicole Kennedy, Lori Putnam, Kimberlee Maselli and more.

— Nicole White Kennedy, artist and gallery owner, Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery

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 sorts—a 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

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.

Lobby: Landfill Dogs - Shannon Johnstone, through Feb. 15.

Shannon Johnstone’s shelter dog photo portraits series, titled Landfill Dogs, has recently earned national press recognition, including a segment on Diane Sawyer’s “World News,” Buzzfeed and the “Huffington Post.” It’s easy to see how she garners the attention, with the beguiling, direct gazes she captures from each of her subjects, the crisp focus and the expertly crafted compositions. As the artist says in her statement, “These are not just cute pictures of dogs. These are dogs who have been homeless for at least two weeks and now face euthanasia if they do not find a home. Each week for 18 months (late 2012-early 2014) I bring one dog from the county animal shelter and photograph him/her at the local landfill.” Johnstone raises money and awareness with this and other photo series, and her artwork transforms a hopeless setting and situation into images of hope. In addition, as part of the process, “each dog receives a car ride, a walk, treats, and about two hours of much-needed individual attention.” Profits from the photos sold in this Lobby exhibition will go toward funding the project.

Upfront Gallery: Metal and Paper - Gerry Lynch, through Jan. 25.

Gerry Lynch, who is best known for the robust lines and elegant compositions of her abstract paintings, will exhibit new decorative metal wall sculptures, metal “paintings,” in Metal and Paper. The shiny surfaces and sharp contours are beautiful studies in reserved color scales. Drawings by Lynch will complement the metal pieces. An intimate space reserved for Artspace Artists Association members, the Upfront Gallery often delights visitors with the impact of the work shown there. Lynch has worked in Raleigh since 1990. She has been painting for over 30 years and has shown her work in galleries in New Jersey, New York and New Mexico.

— Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace

LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: LIFE SIZE, Opening Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 1.

This exhibit features the art of Michelle Gabson. Gabson’s artwork is a colorful expression of smaller objects painted bigger. It creatively zooms in to capture the beauty of various subject matter that one normally might not notice.

— Michelle Gabson, artist, kolorfulcanvas.com, Litmus Gallery & Studios

VISUAL ART EXCHANGE: Includes three main events, 6 to 9 p.m.

Main Gallery: Contemporary South, First Friday reception, 6 to 9 p.m. On view through Jan. 30. First Place: Eric Hunter, Birds in Formation

The South is emerging as a hub for creativity. Recently Raleigh adopted a vision to become the Southern Capital for Arts and Culture. To showcase the best artwork from the region here in Raleigh, VAE invites all artists to submit work to Contemporary South. This show will highlight contemporary artwork from across the South.

Exchange Gallery: Featured Artists: Rick Bennett
Jarrett Burch
Jacqueline S. Dulin
Don Hamilton.

Welcome 2014 Launchers! We are so excited to welcome Mollie Earls, Liz Esser, Becky King, Shannon Newby, Pati Reis and Vincent Whitehurst to the Launch program! Look for these talented folks’ work in the Launch retail space at VAE starting in January 2014!

The Cube: Welcome to Creepyville: The Hall of Cats by Rich Gurnsey, Opening, Jan. 3, 6 to 9 p.m. On view through Feb. 21. Artist talk, Feb. 7, 6 to 6:30 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

SONO: Papercuts & Collages by Haley Serrano, 5 to 9 p.m. Runs through the end of the month.

Join us on the First Friday of every month to view work by a local artist. We will also feature a one-night-only Ramen feature to pair with our First Friday Featured Cocktail. The artist's work will hang for the entire month, so if you don't make it out for the opening night, make sure to stop in during the month to view our featured artist.

Reception, Saturday, Jan. 11, 8 to 10 p.m., Join the artist for drinks, appetizers and a brief discussion of works on display. See clips from the films that inspired the collection and get an inside look at how each work was made.

Artist Demo, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Stop in to see the artist at work as she records a time lapse video of an original papercut from start to finish.

— Cameron Duncan, marketing manager, Eschelon Experiences

OXFORD: Hope for Haiti Foundation art from local artists, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through the end of the month.

Join us on the First Friday of every month as we showcase artists from around the globe. We will be featuring our Whiskey Flights program alongside a delicious dinner feature.

— Cameron Duncan, marketing manager, Eschelon Experiences

ZINDA: Original Collages & Woodblock Prints from Michael Bannerman, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through the end of the month.

Join us on the First Friday of every month as we showcase new work from local artists. We will also be offering one free appetizer when you purchase two entrees.

— Cameron Duncan, marketing manager, Eschelon Experiences

THE CUPCAKE SHOPPE: Sweets and Sparkles Girls' Night Out, 6 to 9 p.m. One night only.

We invite you to swing by to savor mini cupcakes, sip champagne, & shop the gorgeous Stella & Dot jewelry collection at The Cupcake Shoppe!

— Arlen Mabe, manager, The Cupcake Shoppe

311: First Friday, open until 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.


311 West Martin Street Gallery and Studios has been bringing color to the Warehouse District since 2007. Now Carol Joy Shannon is bringing nine new studio artists to visit, as well as Surfaces, a colorful compendium of work by John Samosky through January.

— Carol Joy Shannon, 311 Gallery and Studios

BLAM! STUDIOS: First Friday, open until 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.


 Blam! Studios and its eight members, Sys Oppenlander, Juley Striegel, Jen Coon, Elke Brand, Robert K Oliver, Graham McKinney, Cheryl Groves and Phoebe Briley, are happy to announce that starting Jan. 3, 2014, we will be joining the First Fridays events. Blam! Studios is a working studio environment, featuring paintings, mixed-media, digital art, B&W photography, a print maker, 3-D art, jewelry and poetry.

— Sys Oppenlander, Blam! Studios

Klish and Eldreth PLLC: The Funeral Cortege of JFK, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until the end of the month, maybe longer.


 This is a set of images from Nov. 24, 1963, featuring the Funeral Cortege of JFK from the White House to the Capitol was published for the first time only months ago for the 50th anniversary of this event. Since publication the photos have been featured in “The New York Times” magazine and covered by WUNC. Select black-and-white photographs from a sequence of 20 images captures the mix of races, ages, military and civilians lining the streets to pay tribute to the fallen President.

— Donald Hughes, exhibit photographer, via Klish & Eldreth, PLLC

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