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

See artwork by Debbie Quick during First Friday at Artspace in Raleigh.Courtesy of Artspace

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for June 1 in Raleigh.

Ice Cream and Art
Adara Spa, 608 W. Peace St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Art including fused glass, hand-blown glass pendants and Rivet’s sterling silver jewelry. Lumpy’s Ice Cream will be serving up some sweet treats after all the Southern heat! Free to everyone.

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

Gallery One: “Fresh,” Juried Exhibition, opening reception, on view through June 29. “FRESH” opens with the final selection of new works juried by Jennifer Dasal, associate curator of contemporary art at the NC Museum of Art and creator + host of the podcast ArtCurious at Artspace. The concept of the “FRESH” show is to demystify the process about what goes into the making of an exhibition and to provide all North Carolina artists an opportunity to show their work at Artspace. All submitted artwork was on view in May for the “FRESH” Preview, featuring over 200 N.C. artists. “FRESH” continues with the juried final selection and awards June 1-29. All works in the preview and exhibition will be for sale, with proceeds supporting the Artspace Inspiration Fund.

Upfront Gallery + Lobby: PNC Pop In Artist in Residence, Debbie Quick, on view through June 23. Meet PNC Pop In artist Debbie Quick and view her final residency works created during her one-month residency at Artspace. Quick’s process of weaving beaded drawings and figurative sculptures together explores early childhood archetype storytelling. Doll-sized figures will cast out drawings from their hands made from seed beads.

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

Artist United
The City Gallery, 118 S. Person St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9  p.m.

artist UNITED is producing a multi-county event where Triangle region artists are invited to express their ideas, create and exhibit. Our inaugural theme is The Walls We Build. Galleries, museums, schools, pop-up artists are invited to present their work during the Art Walk events in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough. The artist UNITED project The Walls We Build is designed to be a month-long exhibition of art planned for June 2018.

Group exhibition at The City Gallery: The Light House Project – Reclaiming the Muslim American Narrative; performance form the Women’s Theater Festival; El Centro Hispano LGBTQ support group; and Cornelio Campos.

The Fabric of Raleigh
COR, 220 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through July 1

The Fabric of Raleigh is a series of photographic portraits by photographer Christer Berg, of ordinary citizens who together do extraordinary things, for our community and for each other. “The Fabric of Raleigh” exhibit, which will open on First Friday, June 1 and be on display through July 1, is accompanied by a hardcover photography book that will also be on display and available for purchase.

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.

Pigments Tamed
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through June 30

Featuring ‘Pigments Tamed’ exhibit brings original new works by watercolorist Mary Ruth Dana. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

Sweet 16th at 311
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through June 30

Join us! Local Color Gallery celebrates 16 years as a women’s co-op of 11 talented artists. The exhibit will showcase 2D and 3D in different mediums throughout 311 Gallery. Come meet and interact directly with the artists this First Friday.

The Lovers, Joy Meyer, 13-channel video and sculpture installation
Lump, 505 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June 9

Works of Heat Kickoff
The Mahler Fine Art, 228 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

The Mahler is happy to host the kickoff to the return of the beloved, “Works of Heart Auction.” The 27th year since the first auction in 1991, Works of Heart returns in 2018 to benefit the Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina. “Works of Heart” will feature 27 works by 27 artists in one exciting live auction at CAM in Raleigh’s Warehouse District on Saturday, September 22nd, from 7 to 9 p.m. Join us June 1, First Friday 6 to 9 p.m. as we highlight this worthy cause and beloved auction return. Stop by for refreshments and secure your seat to the best art auction of the year!

The Walls We Build
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, 410 Glenwood Ave.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through June 29

The Walls We Build is the inaugural theme for the artist UNITED to ask and explore “how people treat each other.” Artist United is a group of multidisciplinary artists dedicated to a life of cultural expression, insight and social consciousness. Working with the United Arts Council, VAE is hosting a juried exhibition for the artist United project, opening June 1 during First Friday.

Clover Words Appearing Downtown
Various locations in downtown Raleigh

Have you spotted any clover words in downtown mulch beds yet? Words such as Breathe and Discover have just started appearing as part of Florafitti, a public art and beautification project by the DRA and artist Carter Hubbard. View an interactive map of words and locations online, as well as a 5K route to hit all the spots. For First Friday ONLY, Trophy Brewing Company is bringing you a special floral beer at Parkside, with $1 from every pint going to the future downtown Raleigh placemaking.  Read more here.

First Friday at VAE Raleigh
VAE Raleigh, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

The Lab – Protest Purse by Kulsum Tasnif

Project Statement: For the past months I immersed myself in stories of Muslim women, learning what inspires us to resist and to exist in these times of national chaos, global catastrophes, and day to day struggles. My resistance purses are portraits of contemporary human struggles and triumphs. They are empowering, bold, and collaborative, fueled by our collective passions; they serve as a documentation of an era in which voices are silenced, yet, remaining silent is not an option. This is an ongoing project that seeks to re-contextualize how we view protest, and allows insight into the hearts and minds of a diverse community of women. And I couldn’t have thought of a better partner than photographer-friend Caroline Cockrell to join me on this journey called The Protest Purse.

Main gallery – Pet the Zoo

Pet the Zoo is VAE Raleigh’s new petting zoo. The zoo will be a place to be indoors with family and friends. A sanctuary for the animals created by artists to exist to be petted, fed, and cared for by the general public as they stay still in their hay-filled domain.

The CUBE – The Clique


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