What's happening during Raleigh's First Friday Art Walk August 4?

See artwork by David Politzer in Artspace's Gallery One. Photo courtesy of Artspace.See artwork by David Politzer in Artspace's Gallery One. Photo courtesy of Artspace.

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for August 4 in Raleigh.

311 Gallery, Main Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 7 p.m., on view through August 26

The annual Summer Small Works Show will showcase smaller works by 36 resident artists. Larger paintings are available in the 12 artist studios. Included are oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, as well as small sculptures and pottery. The Gift Shop includes small paintings, turned wood objects, jewelry, pottery, art prints, art note cards, hand-painted silk scarves and hand-felted scarves.

Harry Fenn Is in the Bathroom Again, David Politzer, summer artist-in-residence
Artspace (Gallery One), 201 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., on view August 4 to 26

Politzer’s work explores the complex dynamics between human culture, personal history and the natural environment. While in residence at Artspace, he developed a series exploring the work of his great-great grandfather, Harry Fenn, whose ubiquitous images of America’s scenic beauty were propagandized to unite the country after the Civil War. The exhibition explores Politzer’s interest in the landscape and its representation, as well as the mysterious identity of his kin. The show includes site-specific drawing, photographs, video and a monumental mustache.

One is a Crowd, PNC Pop-In Artist-in-Residence, Ursula Gullow
Artspace (Upfront Gallery & Lobby), 201 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., August 4 to September 30

Gullow is a visual artist living in Asheville, and for the last four years, she has made a self-portrait every day as part of her ongoing series, “Self Exam.” For her residency, Gullow has invited the general public to join her in her studio to make a self-portrait, which will be exhibited as part of a collaborative mural. Over 200 self-portraits have been collected for the project. Learn more about “One is a Crowd.”

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New Corridor Artists Exhibition
Artspace (1st & 2nd Floor Corridors), 201 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., August 4 to October 28

Featured artists: Kiki Farish, Dmitri Freund, Jillian Goldberg, Nancy Hughes Miller, Victoria Powers and Carol Spruill

First Friday at CAM Raleigh
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 10 p.m.

The latest exhibition is “The Long Goodbye…” by Eric Yahnker. It’s the last weekend for  “No Damsel” by Dorian Lynde and “Gun Show” by David Hess.

Explore the exhibitions, take tours led by our middle school docents, create something amazing in the exhibition-inspired Creation Station and enjoy music, food trucks and pop-up events and more!

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FAR OUT! The Art of Rock ‘n’ Roll, themed exhibition by Gallery C artists and guests
Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: Ticketed reception, 6 to 9 p.m., on view through September 17

Come rock with us!! Food and libations provided by event sponsor, Food Wine Fashion NC.

First Friday at Google Fiber
Google Fiber, 518 W. Jones Street
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Experience painting in 3-D with Tilt Brush by Google on super fast internet with VIVE(TM) virtual reality at Raleigh’s Fiber Space. Your palette is your imagination. Our room is your canvas on First Friday, and the possibilities are endless. Any guest that attends and brings school supplies will receive a free Google Fiber “Triangle” T-shirt (limited availability). All school supplies will be donated to Moore Square Middle School.

What is Art? 
Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through August 24

Eric Sencindiver created the concept for this exhibit. The exhibit contains a majority of his works, along with works by several other local artists. All are responding to the question “What is Art?” They are not attempting to provide a definitive answer to this question. They are instead celebrating that art cannot be confined to a single definition. The artists include Sencindiver, William Paul Thomas, Nama Morlu Findlay, Terra Crudup and Dave Gray.

The Color of Hope
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through August 31

A percentage of sales goes to support The Foundation of Hope. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

BEFORE THE WAR – A Virtual Reality Exhibition
Lump, 505 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Sept. 15
Indiegogo Campaign: indiegogo.com/projects/before-the-war-art#/

The Team:
Tyler Jackson – Artist & animator
Alisha Hawkins – Project manager
Doug Kinnison – Developer
Derick Childress – 3-D artist
Alex Davis – Sound designer and composer
Fabian Marquez – Story consultant

“Before the War” is a first-of-its-kind art exhibit in North Carolina that will take visitors on an immersive journey, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in traditional gallery environments.

The artwork is based on the sketches, paintings and models of North Carolina-based artist Tyler Jackson. Experienced through the medium of virtual reality, the loose narrative unfolds through six vignettes exploring the life, death and afterlife of mysterious knight, Sir Bishop Jenkins.

Paintings by Rick Carlson and Sculptures by Kelly Sheppard Murray
MJH Gallery at United Arts, 410 Glenwood Ave. (The entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street.)
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through August

Come by our First Friday reception to see this month’s exhibit. Light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and art activities for all ages provided.

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MisSummer COOL Down
Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m.

“MidSummer COOL Down,” featuring Diana Coidan, Lynda Harris, Judy Crane, Rocky Alexander, Kim Maselli, David Oakley, Jean Grunewald and Nicole Kennedy. Artists immerse themselves in water scenes for the coolest exhibit of the year.

Body Shapes by Jordan Grace Owens, ink and gouache on paper
Port of Raleigh, 416 S. McDowell St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through September 3

Durham artist Jordan Grace Owens is known for her minimalist, stylized portraits and movable paper dolls. Her illustration work has appeared nationally in newspapers, magazines, television and books. “Body Shapes,” her new collection of ink drawings, includes works both figurative and abstract: inspirations from the female form and explorations of shape.

Paintings, by Georgia Tardy
Retro Modern Furnishings, 300 W. Hargett St., Suite 24 (store entrance on Dawson Street)
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Aug. 31

Georgia Tardy graduated from the Kendall College of Art and Design in Michigan. She has made a name for herself exhibiting her lifelike sketches and soulful paintings both domestically and internationally. She is inspired by artist Jeffrey Smart, who stated, “It’s not a matter of painting life, it’s a matter of giving life to painting.”

Tardy interned with artist Paul Collins for over a year. Tardy has since held instructor positions at the Kendall College of Art and Design as well as the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology and UICA. In 2012, Tardy was one of nine artists selected to participate in the Hope Equals Artist Residency in Israel and Palestine.

Skyhouse First Friday
Skyhouse, 308 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m.

Join us 23 stories above Downtown Raleigh for live music, work from a local artist, and complimentary light appetizers and beverages.

Love Hurts, by Megan Corbally
Trophy Tap & Table, 225 S. Wilmington St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through August

“Love Hurts” is an ongoing series by Megan Corbally that strives to showcase negative emotions in a more inviting, tender light.

Marks of Clarity: Kiki Farish and Erin Oliver
Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: August 4, 5 to 7 p.m.; on view through September 15

Marks of Clarity artists Kiki Farish and Erin Oliver use classical drawing and painting techniques inspired by nature to explore their individual conceptual paths. Both artists use gestural marks to find abstractions inherent in natural forms that allude to intricate landscapes. With intertwined textures and tones, they blur the lines between foreground and background, creating a bit of chaos while inserting areas for the eye to rest.

Jaclyn Bowie and Meg Stein: Sensory Video Experience
Block2, 239 Fayetteville St.
First Friday event: 10 p.m.

Join artists JACLYN BOWIE and MEG STEIN for a sensory video experience at the Block2 Video Series: Plausible Worlds. This is designed for people with limited vision and open to EVERYONE. This FREE public outdoor workshop brings visibility to public art while making it accessible to ALL.

MEZCLA, curated by Claudia Corletto
VAE Raleigh, Main Gallery, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., on view through August 24

Having previously showcased at The Carrack in Durham, “MEZCLA” premieres in Raleigh at VAE Raleigh during the month of August. “MEZCLA” is rooted in the principle that Hispanic and Latinx artists are the only authors to the narrative of how Hispanic and Latinx culture is formed in the United States. The exhibition is created by those who identify as Hispanix and Latinx artists.

Indelible Marks: what we’ve been, or might, or never will by Emily Malpass and Eliza Campbell Kiser
VAE’s THE LAB, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.

National Fly Killin’ Week by Chance Murray
VAE’s Cube Gallery, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.

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