Raleigh First Friday guide

Published Mon, Feb 03, 2014 07:46 AM
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See more work from Amy Friend during First Friday at VanNess & Fellows Tattoo Boutique. Courtesy of VanNess & Fellows Tattoo Boutique

Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent

THE MORNING TIMES: Passion – a Live Music Photography Exhibit by Christer Berg, 6 to 11 p.m. Runs until Feb. 28.

Photographer Christer Berg captures the energy of live music with electric photographs presented in a series of 20x30-inch aluminyzed prints.

— Casey Porn, gallery manager, The Morning Times

BLAKE STREET SHOPS & STUDIOS: Facets & Elements, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until Feb. 28.

This show features colorful mixed-media works by Anjuli Johnson and stunning black-and-white photography by Danielle Lota. You'll be particularly captivated by Lota’s haunting portraits of old buildings—she captures Raleigh on film in a way I haven't seen before.

— Jenn Hales, gallery manager, Blake Street Studios

NICOLE’S STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: Winter Respite, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until Feb. 25.

Join us for First Friday for a brief respite from winter with new works by Kimberlee Maselli, David Oakley and Catherine Martin. Maselli is a nationally exhibiting artist & author of the award-winning art publication, “Painting North Carolina.” Oakley has won accolades for his distinct style featuring landscapes and farms. Martin's vibrant use of color and brushstrokes in all subject matter has made her one of the top impressionists in North Carolina.

— 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: Celdas – Alma Leiva. Runs through March 7.

Gallery 1 will showcase a solo exhibition, “Celdas,” by Miami-based artist Alma Leiva. Meaning “prisons” in Spanish, Celdas includes photographs and videos of interior environments that allude to the accumulated, generational fear experienced by residents of Central American countries including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Residents of these countries hide indoors from ongoing drug and gang violence. Thus, interiors may become both sanctuaries and prisons. The celdas in Leiva’s series include visual references to Spanish colonialism and Catholic iconography. They also typically include televisions and personal things that individuate the imagined and sometimes memorialized inhabitants.

Gallery Two: Trajectories – Orna Feinstein & Jeanne Heifetz. Runs through March 29. Artist talk Feb. 7, 6pm.

Trajectories will open in Gallery 2, featuring the work of artists Orna Feinstein and Jeanne Heifetz. Houston-based artist Feinstein will exhibit sculptural monotypes. Feinstein’s continuous investigation of the printing processes using oil inks on various surfaces, such as fabric, paper and Plexiglas, has led her to the creation of 3-D monoprints. Of particular interest to Feinstein are natural structures and geometry, like those found in tree rings and cells.

Working out of Brooklyn, Jeanne Heifetz’s current body of work is inspired by the interplay of object and shadow in the cracked-ice motif of traditional Chinese furniture, the natural geometry of soap bubbles and the man-made geometry of cultivated fields. Heifetz’s technique derives from traditional appliqué. While referring to fiber art, she uses a nontraditional material, woven stainless steel, as the fabric. Delicate glass rods, acid-etched and hand-couched with coated silver or copper wire, take the place of the stitched line. The resulting layered pieces give the illusion of peering into the depths of a geode or a highly magnified cell.

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: Juxtaposition – Mary Ann Anderson, through March 1.

Juxtaposition, featuring work by Mary Ann Anderson will open in the Upfront Gallery, which is devoted to Artspace member artists. Anderson’s work draws influence from Asian culture and artmaking techniques, often visually echoing the fluid lines of calligraphy.

— Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace

LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: InnerVisions, Opening Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 1.

Louie Johnston is an up and coming New Age/Abstract artist who lives in Raleigh, N.C. His inner visions of life are put together preciously upon his canvases with multiple materials. Johnston’s works are physically in-depth, as well as internally. He states that he has “No true style he follows,” and “…that life is not the same day to day.” He feels that art should move in the same direction of a new, changing day: ‘There is a spark within all of us to create; I gather the artistic materials necessary to turn that spark into a flame. Art is art, and I try to go beyond the normal boundaries of creating.’

— Louie Johnston (L.A.J), artist

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

Main Gallery: Open Source

Open hanging open to all artists. Artists from across the region will come to the gallery and hang their own work.

Exchange Gallery: Featured Artists

In January 2014, the Cycle 3 Launch artists (Mollie, Liz, Becky, Shanon + Erik, Pati and Vincent) got started on their year of retail experimentation and adventures. Because Launch is equal parts educational program and exhibition opportunity, Launchers (as they’re affectionately known) will participate in workshops, meetings and mentorships throughout the year, in addition to maintaining fresh inventory in the Launch retail space in VAE. This experience gives them an environment in which to expand and experiment with their brands, while preparing them to excel professionally upon graduation from the 12-month program. Stop by the gallery to watch their progress, buy their finery and meet them in person on First Fridays!

Launch Retail Incubator: Featuring Jill Davis , J. Michael Powers

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

Welcome to Creepyville, where the neighbors are decidedly odd, the cats are ridiculously cute, and the dinner parties are a scream! Rich Gurnsey’s series of comedic animated shorts (14 to date) features feline-obsessed Wesley, his adorable cat Reginald, and their…unusual…friends. In the series, Rich plays with contrasts: sharply exaggerated human features vs. sweetly rounded feline ones; saturated colors vs. shadowy set pieces; humor vs. sinister undertones. He melds analog and digital art by using a combination of hand-drawn images, photography, computer animation, and storytelling to create a surreal neighborhood universe.

As visitors cross the threshold of The Cube, they will enter the Hall of Cats, where ornately framed portraits of Wesley’s former felines grace the gallery walls. Just as Wesley and Reginald toured the Hall of Cats in episode 7, so, too, may visitors gaze upon the wonders of Purrlock Holmes, Sir Paw McCartney, Kitty Gaga, and more, as they wonder: Is it a beautiful tribute, an unsettling assemblage, or something in between?

The first 7 episodes of the series will be projected on one of The Cube’s walls to round out visitors’ experience of Welcome to Creepyville: auditory, visual, humorous, curious, and beyond.

For the artist talk, Rich will share the unlikely origin-story of his creepy, comedic animated series. He’ll also discuss the concept-story-art-animation path he takes for each episode, and reveal sources of inspiration (real-life encounters, kooky people, idiosyncratic cats) for his characters, followed by a Q&A.

Rich Gurnsey is an artist, animator, and heavy metal DJ in Raleigh, NC. His work has been featured in film festivals including Cucalorus and Strange Beauty, as well as in galleries, online, and on TV. Recent projects include designing the Little Raleigh Radio logo, leading a filmSPARK team, and creating music videos for local indie bands — plus the ongoing animated web series, “Welcome to Creepyville.” In 2013, he was selected for the Art-On-The-Move Raleigh public art project (or: art on a CAT bus!) and was commissioned by Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum to do a video installation for their annual “Fright at the Museum” party/fundraising event. He is a graduate of the College of Design at NCSU. // Text by Rich Gurnsey of Welcome to Creepyville.

— Sarah Powers, executive director, Visual Art Exchange

311: Grand Re-Opening, 6 to 9 p.m.


We have new artists studios, a new gift shop and our February exhibiting artist is Durham painter Alex Wadell. His exhibition of surrealistic abstract paintings is called “View from the Other Side.”

— Carol Joy Shannon, 311 Gallery and Studios

TRINITY GALLERY: when it falls, when it flies by Emily Brooks, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.


 Come experience beautiful artwork, free hors d' oeuvres by chef Houston Loper and live music by local folk band Look Homeward. Art activities for children and student docents will be on hand to help introduce the exhibit. Raffle for free dinner at Stanbury restaurant in historic Mordecai.

— David Cumbie, gallery coordinator, Trinity Gallery

VANNESS & FELLOWS GALLERY AND TATTOO BOUTIQUE: A Valentine's Exhibit: Amy Friend - “Needle and Thread," 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through the end of February.

Perfect pieces for your special someone, Amy Friend’s show “Needle and Thread” is a collection of solarplate etchings and embroidered silkscreen prints. Friend’s work maintains realism in its depiction of birds in precarious positions. The collection of prints reflect on our own journey to find balance in life, a desire for adventure versus a need for security.

— Jessica VanNess, gallery coordinator, VanNess & Fellows Gallery and Tattoo Boutique

CAM RALEIGH: FREE First Friday at CAM Raleigh, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs through April 27, 2014.

February FREE First Friday at CAM Raleigh sponsored by Duke Energy includes the spectacular NC Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award Exhibition, hands on make and take art in the Creation Station, Middle School Docents, Food Trucks and lots of fun.

— Gab Smith, executive director, CAM Raleigh

ANVIL studio & gallery: (Mini) Triangle Indie Wedding Show & Market, 6 to 10 p.m. One night only.

February First Friday will be our first mini Triangle Indie Wedding Show and Market. We will have bridal portrait photographer Elizabeth Galecke, wedding photographer Side Yard Studios, and Good Girls Studios will be here with her beautiful vintage wedding accessories, with engagement rings and wedding bands by Becky Wofford. Need jewelry for your summer beach wedding? AraLeigh Studios will be here with her gorgeous seaglass jewels. Royal Peasantry from Asheville will be in town with their boho inspired wedding dresses. As if that’s not enough, we will have models with hair by our supertalented in-house stylists at Anvil salon, Justin Dare and Angela Churchill Scranton, and to die for dresses by SYS Apparel… with music by The Chamber Chicks to set the mood.

— Becky Wofford-Waehner, owner, ANVIL

LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: Kristy McKnight, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through March 2.

Passionate photographer originally from the Kansas City area. Spent years city hopping to capture amazing images that moved and spoke to her. She seeks one-of-a-kind experiences & opportunities and captures them for a lifetime.

— Kristy McKnight, artist, via LGBT Center of Raleigh

ISAAC HUNTER’S 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.

Nancy East is an elementary school art teacher with a knack for creating stylized paintings and ink drawings. From food to animals to childhood memories, her work is a bold combination of whimsy and bright colors and lines. Come enjoy her collection, live outdoor music, and free food, until 10pm.

— Ashleigh Davis, special events and marketing, Isaac Hunter’s

FLANDERS GALLERY: frames per second, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 15.

An exhibition exploring the moving image featuring work by 8 video artists from around the world: Gerco de Ruijter, Lotte Geeven, Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Tim Tate, Matthew C. Wilson, David Colagiovanni ,William Lamson, Shen Wei

— Kelly McChesney, director, Flanders Gallery

GALLERY C: Francis and Sarah: The Early Years, Paintings and Drawings by Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Feb. 12.

It is a privilege for us to host the early works by this very famous and talented North Carolina Couple.

— Sharon Bell Glazener, art and framing consultant, Gallery C

BALANCE MASSAGE AND YOGA STUDIO: Acrylic Chakra Artwork by Emma Lin Hoyle, local artist, 6 to 9 p.m.

Emma Lin Hoyle is a local, young artist who enjoys painting theme-related artwork using acrylics. This series, entitled, "Tree Chakras" will be on display at Balance at 304 Glenwood through April.

— Dotty Foley, Massage , Yoga & Life Coaching

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