What’s happening during Raleigh’s First Friday Art Walk?

See artwork by Nicole Kennedy and others that are part of "WINGS" at Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery.Courtesy of Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery

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

A Night of Music, Henna Tattoos and Mosaic Artwork
Adara Spa, 608 W. Peace St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

DJ Gregory Wiggs will start the night off with a variety of music while you browse the designs of Mosaic artist Robyn Johnston. Binita Dongol will be on-site to create a Henna tattoo just for you! As always, Adara Spa will be offering 15 percent off all services and products when you mention “First Friday.” Henna tattoos range from $5-$15

May First Friday at Artspace
Artspace, 201 E. Davie St
First Friday receptions: All 6 to 10 p.m.

Gallery One: “Art of War,” Trish Brownlee, Alicia Dietz + Folleh Tambah, on view through May 12. Each of these artists explores aspects of contemporary military experience. Through video, photography and sculpture, the viewer is able to better understand the nuanced and complex realities of military life. This exhibition is sponsored by Hargett Place + Paragon Bank.

Gallery Two: “artfor(us),” Exhibition by Sherrill Roland, on view through May 12. Roland is best known for his Jumpsuit Project, in which he enters museum and gallery spaces in an orange prison jumpsuit. “artfor(us)” represents a departure into object-based art-making, in which Roland collages and paints paper he created using, among other things, deconstructed issues of Artforum magazine that he collected while in prison. The works expose the disparities in the fine art world and the American prison system. Also stop by on Thursday, May 10 at 7 p.m. for poet, writer and educator Dasan Ahanu and his team for a Spoken Word performance. RSVP here.

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See artwork by Sherrill Roland in “artfor(us)” at Artspace during First Friday.


Upfront Gallery + Lobby: PNC Pop In Artist in Residence, Debbie Quick, on view through June 23. Pop In artist Debbie Quick will be in residence in the Upfront Gallery during the month of May, searching for ways to examine and expose traumatic identity-formation exacerbated by misinformation. Weaving beaded drawings and figurative sculptures together, this work explores early childhood archetype storytelling. Doll-sized figures will cast out drawings from their hands made from seed beads. Her residency exhibition will open June 1 to 30.

1st & 2nd Floor Corridors: “Corridor Exhibition,” Jane Cheek, Autumn Cobeland, Arsis Fruritch, Joyce Watkins King + Susan LaMantia, Opening reception, on view through July 28.

New Works by Arts Students of St. David’s School
The City Gallery, 118 S. Person St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

City Gallery showcases the talent of local artists in downtown Raleigh. AP art students from St. David’s School will showcase their finest work from this school year.

Painted Ladies, Actresses from the Pre-Code Era, new works by Kevin Peddicord
IMURJ, 300 S. McDowell St., Ste. A
First Friday reception: Contact for hours, on view through May 27

“Painted Ladies” is an exhibition of new oil paintings by Kevin Peddicord. A tribute to film actresses from the late 1920s to early 1930s, who pushed the boundaries in confronting social issues through an emerging film genre. These women faced double standards, scorn, ridicule, judgment, censorship and they persevered. Paintings include famous quotes attributed to these women as insight into their experiences in the film industry. May 4 opening: Music by Sinai Vessel, Youth League and soccer tees; body painting by Molly Chopin; a portion of sales will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

Structure: VAE Photographers Forum Exhibit
Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June 14

The idea of “Structure” implies the arrangement of, or relationships between, parts or elements of something complex. The photographers of the “VAE Photographers Forum” intend to give meaning to these ideas through their images.

Quatro de Mayo @ Link
Link Apartments Glenwood South, 202 N. West St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Come join us for delicious food and the great company of our lovely Link Glenwood staff and Link residents. We can’t to kick off Cinco De Mayo weekend with you! Fun fact! ” Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla.”

You, Me and the Elephant Makes Three
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Margaret Griffin (“Raku Sculptor”) and Rebecca Toy (“Paintings and Photography”) are two local artists exhibiting new works. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

Entanglements by Elizabeth Bradford
The Mahler Fine Art, 228 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through May

“Entanglements” is an exhibition of new work by Elizabeth Bradford. Bradford is descended from generations of North Carolina farmers, and her work reflects an inherited preoccupation with the land. Bradford enjoys exploring wild places as a naturalist and backpacker. Her paintings are based on her experiences of the wilderness. Among Bradford’s influences are the Pattern and Decoration movement of the ’70s, the innovations of late 19th-century European painters, and the formal structure of Abstract Expressionism. All of this is rendered in brushwork expressive of both expansive energy and a calculated mediated precision.

Ultralight 2
MJH Gallery at United Arts, 410 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 170 (entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street)
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through the end of May

“Ultralight 2,” a partnership with VAE and Arts Access, is an exhibition of artwork about disability, created by artists living with disabilities. The exhibit is a platform for artists who identify as living with disabilities to take back the narrative that is so often controlled by the medical field, media and stereotypes. “Ultralight 2” seeks to exhibit work that challenges the viewing public to leave their preconceived notions and sympathy at the door, and experience artwork that tells the real story of living disabilities and the current state of access. The exhibition breaks access into three parts: physical, communication and attitude.

WINGS, featuring Lori White, Diana Coidan, Nicole Kennedy and Shannon Bueker
Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through May 30

Announcing a premiere avian art exhibit featuring four nationally awarded North Carolina artists painting their passion for our beautiful and dramatic “feathered” friends from the backyard to beaches. Five percent of profits will be donated to Wake Audubon Society.

First Friday with Bryan Doerr
Oak and Dagger, 18 Seaboard Ave., #150
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Oak & Dagger Public House is excited to introduce Bryan Doerr as our First Friday featured artist for May 4. Come by our pop-up event from 6 to 9 p.m. to meet Doerr and view his work. While you’re here, enjoy our all-day $5 appetizer specials and featured entrees. Doerr is a new artist in Raleigh that is presenting his work publicly for the first time. A hidden gem in local art, Doerr brings landscapes to life in acrylics on canvas. We’re pleased to display his work throughout the pub for the month of May.

Efflorescence by Sarah Tector, Wire Art Installation
Port of Raleigh, 416 S. McDowell St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June 3

Sip and see Sarah Tector’s site-specific wire art installation inspired by the state or period of flowering.

Local Youth Art & “Star Wars” Storytime
Read With Me | A Children’s Book & Art Shop, 111 E. Hargett St., #110
First Friday reception: Contact for hours, Free

First Friday Art Walk at Read With Me is perfect for families! This First Friday we have storytime and a very special local artist in house, Camryn Green! Listen to “Star Wars” stories for “May the 4th”, create with Camryn and enjoy our books and local art pieces for sale. Afterward, head over for music and more art in front of Raleigh Times.

Lisa Quinn
Sir Walter Coffee, 145 E. Davie St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Come meet Lisa Quinn (AKA Monsters In The Merlot)! Look at paintings and comics all while enjoying amazing coffee, tea, wine, beer, cocktails and even bubble tea!

Feminine Spectrum + The Clique + The Protest Purse
VAE, 209 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., on view through May 26

Main gallery continues “Feminine Spectrum” exhibition along with the opening of Amy Anderson’s “The Clique” and work by Kulsum Tasnif and photography by Caroline Cockrell.

Viewers check out artwork from “Feminine Spectrum” at VAE Raleigh during the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Raleigh.


Sweet Dreams
V L Rees Gallery, 311 W. Martin St., Studio 6
First Friday reception: Contact for hours, Free, on view through May 26

Opening exhibition for new gallery located inside Studio 6, at 311 Gallery on West Martin Street. Oil paintings by Vicki Rees.

First Friday with Iron Oaks Realty
White-Homan House, 206 New Bern Place
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Enjoy an evening of local talent and tastes! Browse artwork from emerging artists. Sample treats provided by Ladyfingers Caterers and brew from Little City Brewing while touring the historic White-Holman House.



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