What's happening during Raleigh's First Friday Art Walk for April?

Photography by Jo Bolton on view at Litmus Gallery.Work by Jo Bolton on view at Litmus Gallery.

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for April 7 in Raleigh.

The Focus, by Seven Local Photographers
Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through April 26

“The Focus” is from a group of accomplished photographers from Wake County who have joined together for inspiration, knowledge sharing and critiquing. They meet to discuss their photos, share photographic techniques and explore their various styles. Although each member has their own artistic preferences, they are united in their love of photography as a visual art. A natural progression from their group interactions is the exhibition of their images showcasing their individual artistic visions in a common setting.

But if the Crime is Beautiful…, Lauren Kalman
Artspace (Gallery One), 201 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., March 25 to May 13, free

Lauren Kalman’s surreal body of work explores ideas of identity, beauty and perception through the use of gilded organic forms and hooded figures. This solo exhibition includes sculpture, still images and photographs of performances from Kalman’s series, “But If the Crime Is Beautiful…”

Sensation, Linda Ruth Dickinson
Artspace (Upfront Gallery), 201 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., April 7 to 29, free

Artist member Linda Ruth Dickinson introduces a new series of abstract paintings exploring the visualization of the five senses of taste, smell, touch, sight and hearing.

Holding On, Jessica Dupuis, Karen Hillier and Sarah Malakoff
Artspace (Gallery Two), 201 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., on view until Aril 15, free

Through photography, embroidery and ceramics, the artists of “Holding On” explore the ways that personal objects can function as portraits, family histories and memorials. Each artist turns to the domestic sphere for their inspiration; and through meticulous processes, the mundane is transformed into the extraordinary revealing how our homes contain integral parts of our identity and experience.

Project Reject is Underway, Jeff Bell & Megan Sullivan
Artspace (Lobby), 201 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., on view until May 27, free

A new site-specific installation and collaboration by artists Jeff Bell and Megan Sullivan creates a whimsical environment in Artspace’s Lobby, where everyday objects become nonsensical artifacts.

Artspace 30th Anniversary Retrospective Corridors Exhibition
Artspace (1st & 2nd Floor Corridors), 201 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., April 7 to June 23, free

Artspace’s “30th Anniversary Artist Retrospective” is a buildingwide exhibition that celebrates the strength of the artists at the heart of our organization. The nonjuried Corridors exhibition will be one of two exhibitions celebrating current and former Artspace member artists on the first and second floors of Artspace.

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Artspace Satellite Exhibitions with Community Triangle Partners
Via Artspace
First Friday receptions: Contact Satellite locations for First Friday hours

Oami Powers, HQ Raleigh, 310 S. Harrington St., April 7 to June 24
Ryan Cummings, more, 116 N. West St., on display through May 27
Ryan Fox, SkyHouse Raleigh, 308 S. Blount St., on display through May 27

Images of Sound: The Photographs of Rodney Boles and Frank Myers
Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 7 p.m., on view until May 19

Capturing the energy and passion of live performance is no easy task. Each of the “Images of Sound” artists have managed to portray the excitement of the moment in a single frame, providing a glimpse into the lives of these working musicians. The images are intimate and personal, and connect with the audience long after the sound has faded.

Untitled installation by Leonardo Drew 
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 10 p.m.; on view until June 11

Without War Paint, by Mathew Curran 
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 10 p.m.; on view until May 7

0-11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 10 p.m.; on view until May 7

CAM Raleigh presents a special First Friday event: “Shaping Our Genetic Future” sponsored by NCSU Libraries
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 10 p.m.

In addition to CAM’s incredible exhibitions, music and food trucks, the evening will include several fun and interactive science-inspired exhibits for the whole family. Seven artists will be showing and talking about their work, which explores questions and implications around humanity’s genetic future. You’ll get to touch extracted DNA, consider the perfumes from extinct flower species and hear the improvisational acoustic band Cyanotype interpret genetic code as a musical score. Participating artists include Kirsten Stolle, Adam Zaretsky, Christina Agapakis, Paul Vanouse and the Center for PostNatural History.

For more information, please visit our Facebook event page and the NCSU Libraries website.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh presents Charlie Martin, by Charlie Martin
LGBT Center of Raleigh, 324 S. Harrington St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through April 30

Images In My Mind
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through April 29

Come enjoy new pieces of artwork by Susan Peters. Artwork to include new pieces using the unique technique of flow painting, as well as traditional brush on canvas. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

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Lump, 505 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9pm, on view until through April 29

Hong-Ân Truong’s recent exhibitions include the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin, Ireland), Spaces Gallery (Cleveland), and Nhà Sàn (Hanoi, Vietnam). She has been the recipient of an Art Matters Foundation Grant, a Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, and a Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Franconia Sculpture Park. She was a studio art fellow in the Whitney Independent Study Program and is currently an artist in the Open Sessions Program at The Drawing Center in New York. She will be an artist-in-resident at the Marble House Project in Vermont this summer. She teaches in the Art Department at UNC Chapel Hill. *This exhibition has been generously supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.

Part of “e1ev1n” at VAE Raleigh by artist Warren Hicks. // Photo by Beth Mann

e1ev1n, by Warren Hicks
VAE Raleigh (Cube Gallery), 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.

FLOAT
VAE Raleigh, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.

Visual Art Exhibit featuring artwork by Wake County Public School System Gifts of Gold special recognition participants
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.; paintings on view through April

Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided.

Exquisite Corpse: A Surreal Collaboration
The Morning Times Gallery, 8 East Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 7 to 11 p.m., on view through April 30

Artist Eric Knisely”s long-book illustration collaboration will be on display at The Morning Times through the month of April with an artist’s reception on First Friday.

North Carolina and World War I
NC Museum of History, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 9 p.m.

In commemoration of the centennial of the U.S. declaration of war that led to American involvement in the Great War, you’re invited explore a new major exhibit, “North Carolina and World War I” (public viewing begins at 7:30 p.m.).There will also be updates to the WWI section in “The Story of North Carolina,” and an accompanying display of wartime posters.

The event will also feature live music by Leon Jordan and the Continentals from 6 to 9 p.m., and enjoy free samples of the latest beers and ales by Raleigh Brewing Company. Historic re-enactors in period uniforms will be at the museum and available to talk with visitors. The museum shop will be open and feature a current collection of books and WWI related merchandise for sale. Here’s your chance to find out what North Carolina soldiers experienced “over there.”

Favorite Stories by Nicole – Featuring Nicole White Kennedy, AIS
Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8:30 p.m., on view through May 27

From the coasts of Capri and the Carolinas to the piazzas of Bologna to Bahamian mysteries, Nicole’s latest oils on canvas represent a major scope of subject matter focusing on her love of the narrative. Nicole Kennedy was awarded in 2017: Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society. Nicole has exhibited and won awards throughout the U.S. in national juried events. She was recently featured in “Fine Arts Connoisseur Magazine.”

Lost + Found, by Teryn Elizabeth Means
Port of Raleigh, 416 S. McDowell St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through the end of April

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Handmade Fundraiser
Quercus Studio, 201 S. Salisbury St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 9 p.m.

Join us for wine and treats from Lucette Grace while we wrap up our raffle and announce a winner. Handcrafted 18K Gold, Garnet & Diamond Ring to be raffled off First Friday.

Favorites, new and old favorite pieces by Linda Eddins
Tipping Paint Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through April 29

Problem Children, by Dan Woodruff, mixed media
Trophy Tap & Table, 225 S Wilmington St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Dan Woodruff’s work is simultaneously ugly and beautiful. He celebrates the oddballs we encounter every day; his characters are about quirks and blemishes, each of them embracing the things Photoshop removes.

 

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