May First Friday guide

Published Mon, Apr 28, 2014 08:22 AM
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See more work from William Cole at Blake Street Studios during First Friday. Courtesy of Blake Street Studios

Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent

BLAKE STREET SHOPS & STUDIOS: Form and Function, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until May 30.

For May we'll be showcasing William Cole’s photos of old cars and factories. We’ll also have flowing paintings by Jermaine Powell, surreal works by Nathan Evans and intricate jewelry by the members of Six Women With a Torch. And we’ll have the awesome band Stark Rayven Mad playing music.

— Jenn Hales, gallery coordinator, Blake Street Studios

NICOLE’S STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: The New Realism, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Runs until May 31.

McClure is a nationally recognized masterful impressionist and Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society. Cecilia Guitarte is an award-winning modern realist known for her oils with clean lines, crisp colors and her dynamic compositions. Catherine Martin takes scenic painting to almost abstract levels with her dramatic brushstrokes and fearless color combinations. Diana Coidan, known for her scenic pastels of skies, coastal scenes and mountains has won numerous awards on the national art scene.

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

LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: Tapestry Of Life, Opening Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 31.

Lisa Davis & JoAnn Raymer are May’s featured artists. Davis’ photography chronicles traveling through South America with compelling portraits of its land and people. When Raymer puts her hands into a pile of clay, she’s not quite certain what or who will emerge from it and if something in her body of work speaks to you or makes you smile, then that makes Raymer beam with delight.

— via Litmus Gallery & Studios

LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: LGBT Center of Raleigh’s First Friday Art Series Presents Alex Crookshanks, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through June 2.

Virginia artist Alex Crookshanks has been creating art since the age of 4, when he carved a star into his parents’ TV cabinet. Since that auspicious beginning, he’s gone on to create high-intensity pop art that bridges the traditional with the digital, marrying technology and emotion, including painting with pixels and repurposing everyday objects into high art.

— Alex Crookshanks, artist, via LGBT Center of Raleigh

FLANDERS GALLERY: Damian Stamer and Tommy Taylor Opening Reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 31.

These two solo exhibitions will feature work by two North Carolina artists—a collection of Damian Stamer’s largest works to date and mixed-media pieces by Artspace artist-in-residence Tommy Taylor.

— Brandon Cordrey, gallery manager, Flanders Gallery

ADAM CAVE FINE ART: SCREENED: The art of the serigraph, 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit runs until June 21.

The serigraph (silkscreen print) is a unique form of original printmaking and an American invention of the 1930s WPA print shops. This special exhibit features both 20th and 21st Century works by Claude Howell, Jane Kraike, Will Barnet, Nate Hester and Annemarie Gugelmann.

— Adam Cave, gallery owner, Adam Cave Fine Art

THE POUR HOUSE MUSIC HALL: Foothills Free First Fridays Featuring The Shakedown, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. One night only.

Shake your booty all night long to the funky tunes of The Shakedown! Every First Friday at The Pour House we throw a free & funky concert and we always have Foothills drafts available for $4/pint!

— Adam Lindstaedt, owner/talent buyer, The Pour House Music Hall

TIR NA NOG: First Fridays at Tír na nÓg Irish Pub, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. One night only.

Gerry McCrudden starts the night off with a family friendly bevy of traditional Irish tunes, as well as lighthearted singalongs that will get the kids onstage dancing and singing! DJ Sami Automatic gets the First Friday dance party started at 10 p.m., and we’ll go all night until 2 a.m.”

— Blair Johnson, social media manager, Tír na nÓg Irish Pub

LOCAL COLOR GALLERY: Figuratively Speaking, 6 to 9 p.m. The gallery presents works by Margaret Griffin and Rebecca Toy. Runs until May 31.

Says Rebecca Toy: Our theme for this show is "Figuratively Speaking" since Margaret and I both work in figurative styles, as opposed to abstractions. For my part, I have been working on a series of female figures, where the concept for each piece begins at the drawing board, literally, before I take it to the canvas. Why show both drawings and paintings? Because I like how the concept of a piece changes within the different mediums, at the same time it is a progression of an idea coming to fruition.

Says Margaret Griffin: I'll make a figure out of everything, no matter how hard I try not to do so. My fingers won’t stop until my eyes see an organic representational form of a living being. This happens in spite of years of classes and training, experimentation and experience. My art refuses to take that enigmatic turn toward ambiguity required by abstract interpretation. Please join me on First Friday, and view my latest failures to move to the abstract. I'm afraid you will have to resist the tradition of understanding a work by it’s title and accept what you are seeing, be it a hippo or a nude, as exactly what it purports to be; a hippo or a nude. That way I won’t have to make up fancy titles for a hippo."

— via Adrien Montoya, manager, Local Color Gallery

DESIGNBOX: (n)everlasting: a student design journey, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until May 30.

“(n)everlasting: a student design journey” the history of The Student Publication, one of the oldest student-led design journals in the country. In Volume 37, we are looking to engage a discussion on the impact of impermanence as it relates to design, art, culture and our interaction with objects. While the notion of impermanence in design culture is not a new one, the increasing pervasiveness of the ephemeral in our world begs for an updated evaluation.

— Elisa Huber, student, designbox

CITY OF RALEIGH (COR) MUSEUM: MEXhibit: Mexican Artists in North Carolina, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 31.

The COR Museum and Mexican Consulate General are presenting an exhibition of modern Mexican artists in North Carolina. On display are sculptures and paintings that capture the melding of two cultures. Mexican artists from across North Carolina reveal their experience of their changing worlds.

— Ernest Dollar, director, City of Raleigh Museum

FEELGOODZ TREEHOUSE: Redress Raleigh & Feelgoodz Eco-Fashion Living Art Show, 6 to 9 p.m. One night only.

Redress Raleigh & Feelgoodz are teaming up to promote the Redress Eco-Fashion Textile Conference at the end of May with a Living Art exhibit. Eco-fashion designers will be pairing their hot new fashions with Feelgoodz eco-friendly footwear. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & shopping.

— Amber Gray Heider, communications director, Feelgoodz

HISTORIC CITY MARKET RALEIGH: First Friday, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. One night only.

City Market will be hosting the band: Stone Age Romeos from 6:30-9:30 on First Friday. Additionally, we will have street performers throughout the cobblestone streets and outdoor dining and all shops will be open.

— Kara Guido, Marketing & Events Director, Historic City Market Raleigh

GALLERY C: Best of North Carolina 2014, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 14.

The Best of NC is an annual show featuring historic fine art from the 19th and 20th century.

— Sharon Bell Glazener, Gallery C

THE REMEDY DINER: Multiplicity, New Works by Tim Simkin, 5 p.m. to midnight. Runs until June 2.

New digital prints by up-and-coming artist and salon owner Tim Simkin

— Johnny Pilkington, gallery curator, The Remedy Diner

THE MORNING TIMES: Transitions, paintings by Liz Niemeyer, 6 to 11 p.m. Runs until March 31.

Free association is the process by which my paintings begin, with no plan of how the finished piece will be. I let my intuition guide me to the colors that begin each piece, and I let the marks I've made act as a map to the end result. Most of my work is a reflection of the space around me, places I've visited, and places in dreams.

— Liz Niemeyer, Artist, The Morning Times

THE OXFORD: First Friday with Eileen Allen: Botanical Watercolors and Oil Portraits, 5 to 9 p.m. Runs until July 28.

Eileen Allen is a talented local artist based in Apex, N.C. Although she’s been painting for some time, this will be the first public exhibition of her work in the Triangle area.

— Haley Serrano, art director, Eschelon Experiences

ZINDA NEW ASIAN: First Friday Artist Series with Ann Tilley, M.Q. Bannerman and Haley Serano, 5 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 28.

Alright ladies and gents, it’s that time again--FIRST FRIDAY! This month we will be featuring “Knitted Text Series” by Ann Tilley, “Original Collages and Woodblock Prints” by M.Q. Bannerman, and “Papercuts” by Haley Serrano

— Haley Bradsher, art director, Eschelon Experiences

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

Main Gallery: Latitude / Longitude


The idea of mapping is constantly changing; this exhibit will showcase art using maps in new and innovative ways. Artists will explore the emerging technologies, play with printed maps in new ways, or look at the concept of mapping in a contemporary way. Juried by Susan Harbage Page, UNC Chapel Hill Professor & Artist

The Cube Gallery: Kristin Walsh: Scenographies. On view until June 7.

Kristin Walsh is a sculptor living and working in Charlotte, N.C. Per the artist: “Scenographies works to investigate the ways in which representations of the environment refuse any clean distinction between ‘natural’ and ‘man-made,’ problematizing the viewer’s relationship with cultural physical spaces. Recognizable elements of architecture and environment are recontextualized within natural landscapes, blurring any distinctive boundary between the two. This series of object-landscape relations, works to render visible how and why an object creates spatial void in a landscape, and how this spatial void implies an experiential void (how one might experience and interact with natural settings.)…”

Launch Retail Incubator: Featuring Mollie Earls, Liz Esser, Becky King, Shannon + Erik Newby, Pati Reis and Vincent Whitehurst, Featuring: Dave Greway
Charles Register

Exchange Gallery: Featured Artists: Jim Dunne
Arron Foster
Amy Friend
Emily Rubin Malpass + Eliza Campbell Kiser
Jermaine Powell

— Sarah Powers, executive director, Visual Art Exchange

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: Hamartia - Jane Fox Hipple. Runs until June 28.

The exhibition title, “Hamartia,” named for one of Jane Fox Hipple’s works in progress, pinpoints her strategy of describing the vulnerability of lived experience. Some works seem to dissect the structure of paintings, laying bare the stretcher bars and letting untucked canvas sway outward in a tuft from one edge. The artist’s work refers directly to the creative process, but it also refers to the body, lived experiences and emotion. Hipple invites us, through viewing, to cut through our mental processes and reach deep into the nonverbal parts of ourselves: our guts, heart and soul.

Gallery Two: Redefining Ritual - Courtney McCracken & Tracy Spencer-Stonestreet. Runs until May 31.

If you didn't catch the Redefining Ritual exhibition last First Friday, this is your chance to see 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

Lobby: Other Female Myths - Gabrielle Duggan. Runs until May 31.

“Other Female Myths” showcases work by former Artspace Regional Emerging Artist Gabrielle Duggan. Director of Programs & Exhibitions Shana Dumont Garr states, “Specializing in fibers, Duggan’s work demonstrates the transformative effects that art and design can have on the simplest materials. It is a type of alchemy.” Duggan created a site-specific installation at an Artspace pop-up that is currently on display in the corridor of the Artspace building that faces downtown Raleigh’s Blount Street. With stones, soil, thread, foil and mirrors, the space is now both earthily and delicately evocative. In her May exhibition, Duggan will show a combination of artwork made with wool, tar and other simple materials. A discussion about her residency and work in Other Female Myths will be held on Thursday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m. at Artspace--a free and open event.

Upfront Gallery: Table Intimacies - Ann Corley Silverman. Runs until May 31.

“Table Intimacies” features work centered around the concept of fellowship by Artspace artist Ann Corley Silverman. This show will focus on food, and the fellowship involved in bringing food to the table. Silverman’s interest lies in pictorializing the shared space of organisms and working primarily with paper and organic elements, including red wiggler composting worms which act as “collaborators” in some of her pieces.

— Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace

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