Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
THE MORNING TIMES: The Morning Times Gallery presents: Distorted works by Sarah Lasater, 6 to 11 p.m. Runs until March 31.
Societys most impeccable ideals are more often dishonest than wholesome. These pieces are abstractions of digital paintings that were originally simplistic and alluring desserts. This distortion parallels the reality of advertisements, which are seldom as clear-cut as their projected worth. In truth, reality is more complex and captivating than its glamorous facade.
Sarah Lasater, artist, The Morning Times
BLAKE STREET SHOPS & STUDIOS: Facets & Elements, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until March 28.
This is one of our most exciting shows yet we have some fresh-faced talent and some amazing seasoned artists. You'll be blown away by Greg Carter's intricate paintings and sculptures; inspired by Maria O'Farrell's nature photography; impressed by the illustrative work of Zac Bender; and fascinated by Blaine Willis' live painting demo
Jenn Hales, First Friday coordinator, Blake Street Studios
NICOLES STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: The Human Touch featuring Nicole Kennedy & Dan Beck, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until March 28.
Announcing a special exhibit featuring nationally recognized North Carolina Artists; Nicole White Kennedy & Dan Beck. Nicole White Kennedy is renowned for her iconic NC Beach People & Carolina Ballet series. Dan Beck is a signature member of Oil Painters of America, the most highly regarded classical art organization in the United States. Considered one of the top Contemporary Impressionists today, Beck has amassed major accolades throughout his career.
Nicole White Kennedy, artist and gallery owner, Nicoles 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. An artist talk with Leiva will take place at 6 p.m. in Gallery 1.
Don't miss seeing Celdas, featuring video and photographs by Miami-based artist Alma Leiva this First Friday. In Celdas, the meaning prisons in Spanish, Leiva constructs, photographs and videos interior environments that allude to the accumulated, generational fear experienced by residents of Central American countries, including Honduras, due to ongoing drug and gang violence.
Gallery Two: Trajectories Orna Feinstein & Jeanne Heifetz. Runs through March 29.
Trajectories in Gallery 2 features the work of artists Orna Feinstein and Jeanne Heifetz. Feinsteins sculptural monotypes are influenced by natural structures and geometry, like those found in tree rings and cells. Jeanne Heifetzs work is inspired by the natural geometry of soap bubbles and the man-made geometry of cultivated fields.
Lobby: Fabricating Disaster - Jaclyn Bowie, through March 29, includes interactive dance performance, inspired by Fabricating Disaster, by Anna Maynard of Code f.a.d.
Artspaces Lobby features Fabricating Disaster, an exhibition that concludes Jaclyn Bowie's residency as an Artspace Regional Emerging Artist. Bowie works in a variety of media, as evident by the site-specific sculpture and printmaking in the exhibition. She focuses on creating sustainable art, often working with found materials. Texture and patterning of natural objects, like tree bark, are enhanced through rubber castings and prints that Bowie incorporates into her work. Community and collaboration are also stressed, as seen in the exhibited mixed-media sculpture that was created by Bowie, art:city, and February First Friday visitors. Bowie is a North Carolina native and is currently a Community Artist-in-Residence at Artspace.
A discussion with Maynard and Bowie will be held on March 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Upfront Gallery: Our Illuminated Journey - Paul Gala, through March 29.
New in Artspaces Upfront Gallery is Our Illuminated Journey, landscape paintings by recent Artspace Artists Association member Paul Gala. Among his influences are the Old Masters and the artists of the Hudson River School. Using chiaroscuro and sfumato, Gala explains, I start with an initial inspiration, follow the paint and then through chaos comes order inspiration, nature, mystery, and luminosity all come together in the final piece. Gala lives in Chapel Hill, N.C., and recently participated in a collaborative fine arts book project to benefit The Haw River Assembly.
Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace
LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: Euphoria, Opening Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 29.
This exhibit contains art created by Roksolana Kocherhina in an abstract-futuristic style. Every piece incorporates the snapshot of emotional state of the characters. While some pieces express the euphoria and joy, others are overwhelmed with pain and fear. Most of the art is interconnected. If you look closer, you can see the life story of a particular character. Overall the work is created to remind each and every one of us how precious every minute of our life is and that the sense of life is in the search of our true love.
Roksolana Kocherhina, artist, Litmus Gallery & Studios
311: Amalgamation, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 30.
Amalgamation features the collected works of Anne Gregory, from her Mandala paintings, Uprising Series, Daily Paintings, and Collage. Be sure to check out 311's new gift shop featuring collectibles by studio artists and local artists of distinction.
Carol Joy Shannon, 311 Gallery and Studios
LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: LGBT Center of Raleighs First Friday Art Series Presents Paintings by Anthony Garcia-Copian, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through March 31.
Years ago I was lucky to have learned about meditation, spiritual guides and mysticism. During moments of meditation, Ive been able to seep into the spirit world, and these are some of the abstract scenes that I paint as well as still-life and goddesses from different religions. Painting is my way of escaping into a soothing world and releasing.
Anthony Garcia-Copian, artist, via LGBT Center of Raleigh
FLANDERS GALLERY: frames per second, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 16.
frames per second offers a glimpse into the potential and variety of contemporary video art and practitioners Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Haviland & Colagiovanni, Lotte Geeven, William Lamson, Gerco de Ruijter, Tim Tate, Shen Wei, and Matthew C. Wilson.
Brandon Cordrey, gallery manager, Flanders Gallery
SONO: First Friday Artist Series, 5 to 9 p.m. Runs through the end of the month, with artist demonstrations on March 12.
Several new pieces of Serrano's Papercuts adorn the walls. They're permanent fixtures now, but haven't been seen by many; you can be one of the first!
Cameron Duncan, marketing manager, Eschelon Experiences
OXFORD: Art @ The Oxford, 5 p.m. until Runs through the end of the month.
The Oxford is excited to welcome established local artist Victoria Powers this month for a solo show of her black-and-white photography and abstract acrylic paintings.
Haley Serrano, art director, Eschelon Experiences
ZINDA NEW ASIAN: Knitted Text Series by Ann Tilley, 5 to 9 p.m. Runs through the end of the month, with artist reception and live demonstration on March 22.
Can you find the hidden text? Within each piece of the Knitted Text Series, Tilley hides a word, and we challenge you to find it. Don't be fooled, it's much harder than you think.
Cameron Duncan, marketing manager, Eschelon Experiences
BLAM! STUDIOS: Beyond the Threshold, 5 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
Join us First Friday at 301 Kinsey St. in the Boylan Heights area for a glimpse inside a working studio made up of eight artists. Featured is a large collection of continuously evolving works created by those working within Blam! Studios.
Juley Striegel, Blam! Studios
ADAM CAVE FINE ART: Joseph Cave: New Oils, 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit runs until March 31.
Winding mountain roads, Piedmont farms and ambling creeks are just some of the subjects in a show of new works by renowned Southern landscape painter Joseph Cave. After 50 years as a professional artist, Cave paints the landscape with a rare combination of artistic maturity and youthful energy.
Adam Cave, gallery owner, Adam Cave Fine Art
THE CUPCAKE SHOPPE: First Fridays @ The Cupcake Shoppe, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs for the entire month.
Stop by The Cupcake Shoppe on Glenwood South for First Friday festivities! Cupcakes are buy one, get one half-off from 6 to 9 p.m., and we are featuring pieces from local painter Keith Mclaurin.
Arlen Mabe, manager, The Cupcake Shoppe
THE POUR HOUSE MUSIC HALL: Wayne The Train Hancock w/Kenny Roby. Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m. One night only.
The undisputed king of juke joint swing, Wayne Hancock returns to The Pour House for a First Friday with local favorite Kenny Roby! First Friday participants receive $3 off admission with the mention of First Friday.
Adam Lindstaedt, owner/talent buyer, The Pour House Music Hall
THE REMEDY DINER: Organic/Panic, New Works by Leslie Ivey and Dwight Morgan, 5 p.m. to midnight. Runs for the entire month.
Exciting new sculptures and three-dimensional works by two of downtown Raleigh's most talented artists!
Johnny Pilkington, gallery curator, The Remedy Diner
BENELUX CAFE: Solo Exhibition - Jason Payne, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until March 31.
Jason Payne will display his paintings on the walls of Benelux Cafe in City Market for the month of March. Stop by on First Friday to meet the artist, view the work and have some beer or coffee!
Brandon Cordrey, art director, Benelux Cafe
LEE HANSLEY GALLERY: Art from The Big Four. Open until 10 p.m. Runs until April 26.
For the first time, Lee Hansley Gallery has gathered works by art faculty members from the art departments at The Big Four sports schools in North Carolina. Works will include painting, sculpture, photography and prints from the University of North Carolina, N.C. State University, Duke University and Wake Forest University.
via Lee Hansley Gallery
TIR NA NOG: First Friday at Tír na nÓg Irish Pub. Early Irish show, Banna (Gaelic for The Band), 7 to 9 p.m. First Friday late show, Cardigan Records Presents: First Friday at Tír na nÓg with Toon & The Real Laww, Must Be The Holy Ghost, and Defacto Thezpian, 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Stop in for a pint and a bite on your way down to Artspace. Authentic Irish band "Banna" entertains the crowd during dinner, and Cardigan Records cranks it up at 9:30 p.m. with a great trio of unique artists. Guaranteed to be the best First Friday party downtown.
Blair Johnson, Tír na nÓg Irish Pub