Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
THE MAHLER FINE ART: Mad Men Modern - Mid-Century fun Mad Men style, 7 to 9 p.m. Cocktail reception to precede on Thursday, April 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. for the Green Chair Project. Runs until April 11.
Paintings from the private collection of Rosser Reeves, the well-known 1960s-era advertising executive who inspired the character of Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, on AMCs hit television drama "Mad Men." The paintings were donated to The Green Chair Project by Reeves granddaughter, Robin Rowan, who lives in Raleigh. Some of the paintings are by Rosser Reeves wife, Betty Reeves, an accomplished artist. Also added to the collection will be mid-century art and furniture pieces from other Green Chair donors.
Shawn Brewster, art consultant, The Mahler Fine Art
BLAKE STREET SHOPS & STUDIOS: Art with Words, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until April 25.
This show celebrates words in art and the art of typography. We'll be exhibiting collage work by Hoop&Stick, digital art by Ryan Miller, giant modern paintings by Joe Wright, and textual elements by Ian Sands and the students of Apex High School.
Jenn Hales, gallery coordinator, Blake Street Studios
NICOLES STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: Spring Break, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until April 26.
Shed those winter blues and take an artistic Spring Break at Nicoles Studio & Gallery. Starting First Friday through April: new works by gallery artists Diana Coidan, Nicole Kennedy, Sarah Cawn, Catherine Martin, David Oakley, Jean Grunewald, Kim Maselli and many others, and exceptional fine art that will add a spring to your step. Take a Spring Break, and discover your own creativity; and check out our incredible selection of art classes from beginner to advanced at nicolestudio.com.
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: New Works by Artspace Artists Association members. Juror: Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director of the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at ECU. Runs until April 19. An artist talk with Leiva will take place at 6 p.m. in Gallery 1.
The juried exhibition New Works will showcase artwork created by Artspace Artists Association members in Gallery 1. New Works is an opportunity for Artspace artists to present their most current and innovative work created within the past year. This year, Tom Braswell, Interim Gallery Director of the Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University, served as the juror. Work on exhibit was also judged to determine a Best of Show, an Award of Distinction, an Award of Merit, and two Honorable Mentions. Award winners will be announced on the April First Friday.
Gallery Two: Redefining Ritual - Courtney McCracken & Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet. Runs until May 31.
The Redefining Ritual exhibition brings together work by artists Courtney McCracken and Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet, women whose innovative voices both take on the traditions of Southern culture. They ask what it means to both inherit and make traditional expectations of home and femininity your own in the 21st century, sometimes visualizing as a literal burden or entanglement. Spencer-Stonestreet shows artwork that she created during her 2013 Artspace residency. Her work, entitled Dragging, involved her tying pieces of an entire formal dining room set with ropes to her body and filming the walk. McCrackens newest series integrates sculpture, installation and drawing. She uses laborious processes, often associated with feminine, domestic activity, such as casting, crochet and cut paper.
Lobby: New Geometric Constructs - Ashlynn Browning. Runs until April 26.
Abstract painter Ashlynn Browning exhibits all new paintings in the show New Geometric Constructs. Her geometric abstractions, painted with sumptuous strokes of paint, are hybrids of geometric forms and her own intuitive, painterly process. She stacks forms into painterly grids, ladders and walls while retaining the hexagons and webs of her previous body of work. Browning states, Some paintings read as places, of both a geographic and psychological nature. In others, geometric forms function as stand-ins for figures. Each of these figures displays an individual personality, mood and implied narrative.
Upfront Gallery: Friends, Sense and Non-sense - Catherine Thornton. Runs until April 26.
Catherine Thornton's April exhibition Friends, Sense and Non-sense features her imaginatively conjured animals and human figures. She creates relationships to identify what she calls the crossing of the senses, when emotions are not simply happy or sad. Her ceramic sculptures are accomplishments in striking realism, while the imagined world they inhabit hums with whimsy and eccentricity.
Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace
LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: TO PARIS WITH LOVE AND BEYOND, Opening Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 26.
For April, two outstanding artists are being featured: Joseph (Joe) O'Shaughnessy has created oil paintings of exceptional beauty of scenes that have caught his attention and been inspirational to him as he has traveled extensively in France and Europe. Internationally acclaimed sculptor Bob Doster has been creating art for more than 50 yearsfrom functional designs to monumental works.
via Litmus Gallery & Studios
LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: LGBT Center of Raleighs First Friday Art Series Presents Kenneth Nicholas, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through April 27.
Kenneth Nicholas is a North Carolina multimedia artist, graphic designer, art director and photographer originally from Philadelphia, Penn. Kenneth specializes in techniques that involve using photography and handmade photographic prints as reference or physical bases to build his artwork; from Windex to wood-paneling, he incorporates anything he sees necessary to complete the vision of his work.
Kim Chapin, First Friday coordinator, via LGBT Center of Raleigh
FLANDERS GALLERY: On Land: Exhibition Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 26.
Flanders Gallery's current exhibition, On Land, features photography, painting and sculpture by New York-based artists Greg Lindquist and Mary Mattingly. We are excited to invite the public to the First Friday reception for a refreshing beverage and enticing conversation.
Brandon Cordrey, gallery manager, Flanders Gallery
ADAM CAVE FINE ART: ASSEMBLY LINES: new work by Will Goodyear, 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit runs until April 30.
In this exhibit of mixed-media work, the artist explores North Carolinas urban growth, and shrinking manufacturing, from the inside-out. Goodyear has chosen to paint in a conceptual scenario in which he, himself, is modernization. He is the single person running a process that could be broken up, providing jobs to others. He is the modern assembly line minus the machinery.
Adam Cave, gallery owner, Adam Cave Fine Art
THE POUR HOUSE MUSIC HALL: Foothills Free First Friday Featuring: The Morning After, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. One night only.
Celebrating First Friday is extra special because we are also celebrating the North Carolina Literary Festival as well! Local favorites, The Morning After will perform a unique set with stories accompanying every song. Spoken word performances from authors Scott McClanahan and more.
Adam Lindstaedt, owner/talent buyer, The Pour House Music Hall
BENELUX CAFÉ, CITY MARKET: Raleigh Bike Art Show Opening Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 27.
The third Annual Raleigh Bikes Art Show will premiere on Friday April 4th, once again being hosted by Benelux Cafe in Downtown City Market. The show will feature bike related paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints, crafts and more (even custom made bike frames!) from local artists and will last throughout the month.
Brandon Cordrey, art director, Benelux Cafe
LEE HANSLEY GALLERY: Art from The Big Four: Faculty art from Carolina, State, Duke and Wake Forest. Open until 10 p.m. Runs until April 26.
While the basketball season may be over for The Big Four, the art season is just gearing up for spring. Artwork by faculty members from the art departments at the Big Four universities in North Carolina comprise this show and include painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. This show illustrates how vital and varied art departments are in the state. There is a wide collection of work ranging from classic to digital approaches to art-making.
Lee Hansley, gallery proprietor, Lee Hansley Gallery
TIR NA NOG: First Friday at Tír na nÓg Irish Pub, 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Gerry McCrudden, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; DJ Sami Automatic, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.). One night only.
In conjunction with North Carolina State Universitys NC Literary Festival, Gerry McCrudden presents: Ireland Through Song, with special readings from Irish Literary Scholar Rob Green. After dinner, we turn up the volume for the night owls with DJ Sami Automatics Late Night Dance Party!
Blair Johnson, social media manager, Tír na nÓg Irish Pub
LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: Coming Home NC, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 26.
The gallery presents works by Bekah Haslett and Kim Balentine. This exhibit, "Coming Home NC," comprises two artists' interpretation of our state from the mountains to the coast. Come see the way two different artists interpret their experience living in the beauty of the Old North State.
Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery
TRIG Modern: Architectural Reflections: Paintings by Abie Harris, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 1.
TRIG Modern, a unique modern furniture, lighting, and accessories showroom in Glenwood South, located at 328 W. Jones Street, is pleased to open the exhibition Architectural Reflections by Abie Harris, FAIA, as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Raised in Elkin, N.C., one of his grade-school teachers recognized his talent for creating visual images, and by the time he was in high school, he was working in a local architects office. After graduating from North Carolina States School of Design, Harris won the Paris Prize in Architecture, a national award that enabled him to travel and draw the historical architectural icons of Europe and study at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Later he taught in the College of Design, co-founded the architectural firm Envirotek and, for 32 years, helped plan N.C. State Universitys Main and Centennial campuses. He retired as University Architect Emeritus in 1998.
Joyce Watkins King, art consultant, Joyce Watkins King Consulting
TIPPING PAINT GALLERY: Eggistentialism, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until April 26.
April First Friday at Tipping Paint Gallery is a special celebration of all things chicken. Eggistentialism will kick off the 10th annual Tour D Coop, and raise funds for Urban Ministries of Wake County. The First Friday reception will feature chicken-related artwork, a deviled egg cook-off, egg-related refreshments, art raffles and fun activities for the whole family.
Vicki Reeds, public relations, Tipping Paint Gallery
IRREGARDLESS CAFE: Complementary show with dinner, 6:30 to 10 p.m. One night only.
Multiples with Ellis, Matt & Pete have been playing at the Irregardless Café for a long time, and with good reason. With their old school lyrical kind of folk rock, they really are Rock Music that Matters. Show is complementary with dinner.
Anya Gordon, manager, Irregardless Cafe
MARBLES KIDS MUSEUM: First Friday at Marbles: Statewide Star Party, 5 to 7 p.m. One night only.
The museum is open until 7 p.m. for more play on First Friday! Create out of this world art and check out the sun using a specially equipped telescope with guest Steve Andrews. Investigate light; check out lunar science activities; test out your astronaut skills; and pick up some Star Party giveaways!
Taylor Rankin, copy writer, Marbles Kids Museum and IMAX Theatre
DESIGNBOX: db RELAUNCH - Design Innovation :: Inventive Culture, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until April 25.
With the explosion of galleries and retail options in downtown Raleigh, Designbox is taking the opportunity to RELAUNCH and welcome the public to experience the story of design innovation created here: award-winning consumer products, full-service brand launches, mobile apps, online communities, cartoons, books, architecture and more.
Beth Khalifa, co-owner, designbox
NATURE ART GALLERY: Seeking the Crescent, 6 to 8 p.m.
Western North Carolina artist Dale McEntire says his new exhibition, Seeking the Crescent, is pure and beautiful and believes that there is an essential quality in nature that has a spiritual essence.
Brad Thompson, curator, Nature Art Gallery
LUMP: Exhibition by Chris Bogia, 7 to 10 p.m. Runs until April 26.
The exhibition is anchored by a series of wall compositions that rest in rectangular frames, embodying a style of geometric abstraction illustrative of mid-century modernist painting and its decorative domestic iterations. Eschewing paint, and relying on building materials and textiles, these works suggest sculptures of paintings (the frames and the shapes within are all cut from the same birch plywood sheet). Though designed and executed with precision, their handcrafted surface complicates thissuggesting the personal devotion of a maker: repetitive and calculated, careful and doting.