Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent
DURHAM ART GUILD: Spiral Dance, 6 to 9 p.m.
The Durham Art Guild presents Spiral Dance, featuring an evolving site-specific installation by DAG member artist Mary Ann Anderson. Spiral Dance invites you to dance. You are encouraged to take paintings from the walls, contributing $1 to The Durham Art Guild for each painting. You will change the design, creating new pauses and leaps. As time passes, Spiral Dance will change, dissolve and disappear. So do we.
Katie Seiz, executive director, and artist Mary Ann Anderson, DAG Gallery
Note: Exhibition takes place at the Room 100 Gallery at Golden Belt, Building 3 Golden Belt 807 E. Main St.
BULL CITY ARTS COLLABORATIVE/HORSE & BUGGY PRESS UPFRONT GALLERY: Revamped: New Work from JenJen, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through Aug. 15.
The accomplished and versatile maker behind the jenjen label launches a line of fun, relaxed separates made from recycled T-shirts. Each piece, all of which are priced under $50, is unique, and the intentionally combined graphics tell a story while being skillfully constructed. Custom orders are also available. Future plans include expanding the line with aspirations to start a local co-op to train, house and support small-run production for [the artist] and other designers.
Jennifer Collins-Mancour is a professional designer, seamstress and arts administrator living in Durham, N.C. She works with clients on various projects, including design and fabrication of custom clothing, accessories, and pattern drafting and grading. Reclaimed materials inspire her work, and her recycled banner bags are available at The Ackland Museum Store in Chapel Hill under her jenjen label.
via BCAC/Horse & Buggy Press
PB BUTTERMILKS: Open Creative Time @ PB Buttermilks, 6 to 9 p.m. One night only.
Weve reserved Third Friday in July for celebrating the beauty of the struggle of the creative process, including the challenge all of us creative types face in fitting creative time in when our lives are filled with unwashed dishes and unclean laundry and unexplored places and untended loved ones of gills/scales/fur/hair.
Come join the PB Buttermilks crew in applying some discipline to our respective creative efforts! Be prepared with your own creative project to work on (including all necessary supplies) or just come hang and observe. Supportive discussion is welcome, but optional. PB Buttermilks will be open for extended shopping hours during this event.
April Buttermilk, co-owner, PB Buttermilks
PLEIADES GALLERY: Truth to Power 2, 6 to 9 p.m., July 18 opening reception and open-mic at Five Points Plaza to speak your truth to power! Exhibit portion runs through Aug. 2.
Back by popular demand, Pleiades exhibit Truth to Power 2 takes serious aim at social and political concerns from local to international levels. Juror Kenneth G. Rodgers, professor of art and director of the North Carolina University Art Museum, selected over 30 works by North Carolina artists addressing issues including gay rights, mental health, gun control, state education policy, poverty, womens rights, and environmental concerns. In conjunction with the show, Friday, July 18, there will be an open-mic at Five Points Plaza for YOU to speak your truth to power.
Kim Wheaton, co-owner, Pleiades Gallery
GREEN GALLERY AT THE SCRAP EXCHANGE: Between Intuition and Reason, paintings by Allison Tierney, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs through Aug. 9.
In a body of work that combines both the abandon of Pollock and the precision of Escher, Allison Tierney creates paintings from a growing collection of discarded domestic materials and house paint. Tierney chooses not to mix these scavenged colors. By doing this, she says, I am allowing the choices of others to direct my palette. Tierneys approach is a pointed comment on domesticity, waste and control. By fitting discarded materials into the canvases, Tierney gives these repurposed materials a new and confining life. These items become trapped within the painting, she says of her work. They cannot escape.
Ruth Warren, marketing and promotions coordinator and online sales coordinator, The Scrap Exchange
EXOTIQUE ART GALLERY: Visual illuminations Across Borders: Conceptual African art forms, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until the end of August.
Artist Featured : Kunle Adeyemi, Ph.D., vice president Nigeria Art Guild
via Exotique Art Gallery
CLAYMAKERS GALLERY: Ronan Peterson: New Ceramic Work, 6 to 9 p.m. Runs until Sept. 19.
Claymakers Gallery hosts a one-person show featuring the work of Ronan Peterson, a Chapel Hill potter whose distinctive pottery and teaching are extremely influential in the clay community. Ronan creates functional work, with forms that are soft and comfortable, decorated with colorfully layered, bold patterning. He generates a style that is instantly recognizable and beloved by a wide variety of ceramic artists and collectors alike. As a very popular instructor at Claymakers from 2005-2012, his generous guidance and extensive knowledge have helped many potters develop ceramic styles of their own.
Charlie Evergreen, curator, Claymakers Gallery