Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
OUTDOORS ACROSS DOWNTOWN DURHAM: Bull City Sculpture Show presented by Liberty Arts, all day May 16. Runs until October, but People's Choice Award will stay on loan for an additional six months.
The Bull City Sculpture Show brings more quality, large-scale sculpture into the public space of Downtown Durham with the works of 12 acclaimed sculptors. The show has a strong local presence with six artists from North Carolina, but also a national relevance with six artists from as far as Florida and Maine.
Jordan Groseclose, marketing chair
See photos from the opening gala.
DURHAM ART GUILD: Includes 2 main events:
Room 100 at Golden Belt (Building 3, 807 E. Main St.): The Alchemist's Diary, 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit runs through May 29.
The Durham art Guild presents "The Alchemist's Diary," featuring mixed-media work by DAG member artist Melinda Fine.
Katie Seiz, executive director, and DAG Gallery
SunTrust Gallery: Arntsen, Jones, and Ogden, 5 to 7 p.m. Exhibit runs through June 14.
The Durham Art Guild presents "Arntsen, Jones and Ogden," featuring new works by DAG member artists Lauri Arntsen, Susan Jones and Chris Ogden.
Katie Seiz, executive director, DAG Gallery
THROUGH THIS LENS: Painting on Silence: Photographs of Jazz Musicians by Frank Myers, 6 to 9 p.m. Exhibit runs through July 12.
These photographs, portraying the vibrant and emerging jazz community in central North Carolina, were produced during dozens of live shows over the last four years, originally as a way to document the work of the nonprofit, Art of Cool Project. Over time the work has evolved into a more personal project attempting to capture the emotion, drive and lifestyle of local artisans pursuing their passion for music.
Roylee Duvall, gallery director, DAG Gallery
BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE/HORSE & BUGGY PRESS UPFRONT GALLERY: TESTIFY, A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia, Photographs by Roger May celebrating the release of the Horse & Buggy Press book, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through May 30.
Testify is a visual love letter to Appalachia, the land of my blood. This is my testimony of how I came to see the importance of home and my connection to place. After moving away as a teenager, Ive struggled to return, to latch on to something from my memory. These images are a vignette into my working through the problem of the construction of memory versus reality. My work embraces the raw beauty of the mountains while keeping at arms length the stereotypical images that have tried to define Appalachia for decades.
This exhibit includes the fine press book Roger and H&B collaborated on for over a year, as well as framed photographs from this body of work.
Excerpt from Mays introduction via Dave Wofford, curator/foyer gallery, BCAC/Horse & Buggy Press
PB BUTTERMILKS: One Third Friday @ PB Buttermilk's feat. Durham Graphic Designer John Stern, 6 to 9 p.m. Ongoing.
Immerse yourself in all things Durham and design! Meet the designer behind our eco-friendly Durham T-shirts; ask questions about the T-shirt design and printing process; and cogitate on all-things Durham and design. PB Buttermilk's will be open for extended shopping hours during this event.
A. Forest, Chief Creative Director, PB Buttermilks
PLEIADES GALLERY: Fire and Light, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through May 31.
Emily Cox and Jim Lee will explore the cyclical reality of the natural world through sculpture and photography in the joint exhibit Fire and Light at Durhams Pleiades Gallery from May 13 through May 31. Cox, a ceramic sculptor, and Lee, a photographer, share a love of the raw beauty of nature, including its deterioration, and explore it with exuberance and truthfulness. Both are aware that, in time, nature will reclaim their work as dust and shards.
Jim Lee, member artist, Pleiades Gallery
FULL FRAME THEATER at the AMERICAN TOBACCO CAMPUS: Third Fridays Part of The Full Frame Road Show Presented by PNC: Sex(Ed) The Movie, 7 to 9:30 p.m. One-time film screening.
Full Frame joins downtown Durhams Third Friday festivities with the Full Frame Road Show presented by PNC, free documentaries every Third Friday from May through the end of 2014, in the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus. Though this is a free screening, all attendees must reserve a ticket, the link is available on the Full Frame website. Our first Third Friday screening is Sex(Ed) The Movie, directed by Brenda Goodman, a 2014 festival favorite that takes a humorous look at our countrys history of sexual education, primarily through archival film and television.
Lindsay Gordon, communications manager, Full Frame
GREEN GALLERY AT THE SCRAP EXCHANGE: Celebrating Pattern and Color, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 14.
Rich, loud colors team with the patterns one sees in snakes, quilts and woven textiles. Seamlessly, she incorporates bones, shells and found objects into pieces which become the collision point between wildness and art. I have tried, she says, to protest the lack of respect humans show the environment and each other. In this exhibit, pattern and color engage viewers in a festive, communal experience that embraces both humanity and nature.
Roderick McClain, gallery coordinator, The Scrap Exchange
LIBERTY ARTS GALLERY: DIY: The Magic of Making/Anti-Precision, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until May 31 subject to staff availability.
This exhibit takes an introspective look at the science of producing art, with a twist. Rather than one artist creating one piece of art, two minds worked together to forge a partnership between two unlikely pairs: student artists and science professors at Duke and UNC.
via Liberty Arts
Note: Please email exhibit curator Catherine Howard to confirm open hours.