Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
BLAKE STREET SHOPS & STUDIOS: Flowers and Joy, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until June 27.
Paul Gerstenfeld is debuting pin-hole photography shot with his built-from-scratch camera. Amy Richards is showing her intricate and satirical embroidery, and Kerri Eckes brings her careful eye to giant paintings of flowers. And Melissa R. Campbell is showing her bright mixed-media works featuring silhouetted figures.
Jenn Hales, gallery coordinator, Blake Street Studios
NICOLES STUDIO AND ART GALLERY: Endless Summer Cool Art for a Hot Summer, 6 to 8 p.m. Runs until June 28.
Our 12th annual exhibit, Endless Summer- Cool Art for a Hot Summer, features new works by gallery artists from local to nationally recognized painters in the genres American impressionism, contemporary realism, figurative and abstract. June is the start of an endless summer of exceptional fine art at Nicoles Studio featuring Nicole Kennedy, Rick McClure AIS, Dan Beck OPA, John Poon, Cecilia Gujitarte, Kimberlee Maselli, Diana Coidan, Jean Grunewalld, David Oakley, Bob Rankin and more.
Nicole White Kennedy, artist and gallery owner, Nicoles Studio and Art Gallery
LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS: People With Purpose: Photographic Portraits, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 28.
With his personal photographic portraits project, Raleigh-based photographer Christer Berg has set out to document People with Purpose -- individuals who in different ways contribute positively to our community. The People with Purpose: Photographic Portraits exhibit consists of intensely personal environmental portraits of artists, writers, publishers, civil rights advocates, chefs and others from the Triangle area.
James Fatata, director, Litmus Gallery & Studios
LGBT CENTER OF RALEIGH: LGBT Center of Raleighs First Friday Art Series Presents James Fatata, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through June 30.
This fine arts exhibit of works by James Fatata features representational clay sculptures completed in a classical style of traditional realism. The sculptures presented communicate a universal visual language that can be understood by all people, regardless of what language they speak or write. The works explore the most profound aspects of the human experience, which are expressed poetically with beauty and grace
James Fatata, artist, via LGBT Center of Raleigh
FLANDERS GALLERY: Mia Yoon: Color Elements, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until July 27.
Mia Yoon will create a massive site-specific installation comprised of several thousand handmade color spheres. She will continue the color spectrum on the other side of the gallery, exhibiting her newest series of 5-foot-by-5-foot paintings.
Brandon Cordrey, gallery manager, Flanders Gallery
THE POUR HOUSE MUSIC HALL: Foothills Free First Fridays Featuring: All the Locals w/ Eight Bit Disaster, Doors 8 p.m., Music 9 p.m. One night only.
First Fridays are always free & funky at The Pour House Music Hall! This week, catch the funk, hip-hop and blues soaked roots rock band, All the Locals, along with Eight Bit Disaster, a high-energy video-game tribute band covering all the classics with their unique brand of funky jazz fusion. Foothills drafts are all on special for $4, and the party goes until the wee hours of the morning!
Adam Lindstaedt, owner/talent buyer, The Pour House Music Hall
TIR NA NOG: First Friday Party at The nOg! 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. One night only.
Shanachie starts the night off with an eclectic mix of traditional Irish/Celtic music thats sure to satisfy the Irishmen in all of us. DJ Sami Automatic cranks up the volume at 10 p.m. with one of his signature First Friday sets that will get you heading for the dance floor.
Blair Johnson, marketing director, Tír na nÓg Irish Pub
DESIGNBOX: PBaRt show + circusSPARK Fundraiser, 6 to 10 p.m. Runs until June 27.
The fifth annual PBaRt Show + circusSPARK Fundraiser is a mini Warehouse District street festival with circus performers, food trucks, craft vendors, a 90s dance party and a PBR-themed Art Show. You can see acrobats from Cirque de Vol Studios performing in the air and stunt performers from Enso Movement doing backflips for tips. Brewmasters Bar & Grill is donating 100 percent of all proceeds from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer sales to benefit circusSPARK, SPARKcon and the Visual Art Exchange.
Kaci Torres, sales director, Gamila Company; co-founder, circusSPARK; instructor, Cirque de Vol Studios
GALLERY C: Sculpture by Elissa Farrow-Savos and Watercolor Paintings by Kathy Daywalt, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until July 25.
Gallery C is pleased to feature these two gifted woman artists. Daywalt uses bright, intense colors to create beautiful and fanciful paintings. Farrow-Savos creates thought-provoking pieces using polymer clay and found objects.
Sharon Bell Glazener, Gallery C
THE MORNING TIMES: MONOChromatisch photographic works by Danielle Lota, 6 to 11 p.m. Runs until June 30.
There is a certain beauty that exists in imperfection and melancholy. In my work, I emphasize that beauty using monochrome photography and the tools of light and shadow; their contrast sharpening angles, exaggerating textures, and creating depths and hollows. Nature and structure can be both sublime and sorrowful, and my goal is to capture these aspects simultaneously. This collection bridges the strength of lines and texture as well as the delicate melancholy of nature."
Danielle Lota, Photographer, The Morning Times
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.
Hamartia, named for one of Jane Fox Hipples works in progress, pinpoints her strategy of describing the vulnerability of lived experience. Her 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 artists work refers directly to the creative process, but it also refers to the body, lived experiences, and emotion.
Gallery Two: Telling Stories.
Artspace teams up with the Open Art Society to host "Telling Stories" featuring two art-making initiatives, THE HEALING BLUES project and TEEF. All First Friday visitors will have opportunities to participate by adding stories and meeting artists. N.C. Greensboro College Faculty David Fox and Ted Efremoff, with help from their students Julia Fergus and Gabrielle Harvin, collect sad stories to be transformed by songwriters and storytellers to Blues songs into the album, THE HEALING BLUES. THE HEALING BLUES project raises awareness and funds for the Interactive Resource Center in Greensboro. TEEF, by William Thomas, is a compilation of audio and video recordings portraying African-American men in a series of both awkward and endearing living portraits as they tell personal stories. The layered audio and video, separately recorded, present the true emotions in the mens words, juxtaposed with their staged expressions.
Lobby: Piedmont Charisma - Oliver Wagner. Runs until June 28.
Artspace member and former Artspace Regional Emerging Artist Oliver Wagner exhibits new paintings on board created with illustrated ads from the 1940s and 1950s. He collages many different sources, with resulting scenes that have meanings separate from the original advertisements and make statements about how capitalism, and its persistent messaging toward progress, continues to shape the American psyche.
Upfront Gallery: Patchwork Selves - Eric Raddatz. Runs until June 28.
Artspace hosts Patchwork Selves, a photo exhibition by Eric Raddatz in the Upfront Gallery. Raddatz says his photos, capturing urban moments blurred by scrims of light in motion, symbolize the struggle that lives in each of us. He seeks to represent the fear and other private emotions that we hide within, in an effort to fit in with others.
Mary Poole, executive director, Artspace
THE MAHLER FINE ART Celebrating vibrant and compelling new works by our gallery artists, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until July 18.
Vibrant and compelling new works by The Mahler Fine Art artists Elizabeth Bradford, Jacob Cooley, Michael Brown, Pete Sack, Linda Ruth Dickinson, Bob Rankin, JM Henry, Richard Garrison, Sarah Powers and many others.
Shawn Brewster, associate curator and director, The Mahler Fine Art
STUDIO R.E.D. First Friday Opening of Expanded Studio R.E.D., 6 to 9 p.m. Runs June 6 and onward.
Studio R.E.D., an exciting new art venue in the Carter Building on Glenwood South, has expanded! Studio R. E. D. is a working artist studio and gallery located at 20 Glenwood Ave. The Studio/Gallery offers oils, acrylics, encaustics, concrete and mixed-media.
Eileen Hendren, artist, Studio R.E.D.
VANNESS & FELLOWS GALLERY AND TATTOO BOUTIQUE: Dr. Cowlicks world of fantasy photographic art, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until June 30.
Step into the world of Dr. Cowlick, where we transform you into a masterpiece of fantasy art. We offer professional photography with an element of the unexpected to meld portraiture with a creative flare. Come see the stories behind these images.
Jessica VanNess, gallery manager, VanNess & Fellows Gallery and Tattoo Boutique
TRINITY GALLERY: From My Side of the Brain, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of the month.
Join us at Trinity Gallery next Friday to see portraits by our featured artist, Debra Wuliger. Wuligers work explores the connections between individuals through the use of simple shapes and interlocking patterns. Live music and refreshments provided.
Abigail Hull, director, Trinity Gallery
VAULT YOGA STUDIO: Vault Yoga First Friday: Art, Live Music, Chair Massage, Yoga Studio. 7 to 11 p.m. Runs until June 7.
Kathleen OGrady is a local self-trained artist who specializes in abstract acrylic. Vault Yoga Studio is a unique space that should not be missed as you venture out on First Friday.
Patricia Wigington, owner, Vault