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

Detail of work by Wendy Burgess. Her work will be on view at Retro Modern Furnishings during First Friday in Raleigh.

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for July 6 in Raleigh.

2018 Annual Flowers & Gardens National Juried Art Show
311 Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours, through July 28

The 311 Gallery “2018 Annual Flowers & Gardens National Juried Art Show” features both two-dimensional and three-dimensional art from across the nation that celebrates the glory of flowers and gardens. Included are over 90 oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed-media paintings and sculptures. The first-place winner of this show will be invited back next February for the 2018 Juried Show Winners Exhibition, so you get a preview of one of next year’s shows. Some will make you smile, and some will make you a little buzzy (get the hint?).

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

Gallery One: Summer artist-in-residence Dana Lynn Harper, on view through Sept. 1; residency July 2-28; exhibit Aug. 3-Sept. 1. Artspace is excited to welcome 2018 Summer artist-in-residence Dana Lynn Harper this July. Harper will use Gallery One as her studio for the entire month of July to focus on her art installation and share her art process with visitors. Using fluctuating lengths of thousands of strung pom-poms, Harper will transform the gallery, allowing people to be encapsulated in a field of glittering light. Meet the artist this July 6 First Friday and discover her art process and plans for her residency. Her solo exhibition will open Aug. 3 First Friday Gallery Walk. Dana Lynn Harper will offer a Connect & Create – Wand Magic class for all ages on July 21!

Upfront Gallery, PNC Pop In Artist in Residence, Jeana Eve Klein, on view through Sept. 1; residency July 2-28; exhibit Aug. 3-Sept. 1. Boone-based artist Jeana Eve Klein will be in residence for her one-month PNC Pop In residency during July to work on her textile installation project “Recent Activity.” Klein’s project presents an idealized version of the artist as activist through the lens of social media. This documentation—via handcut recycled lettering—will engage with the Raleigh community through the collaborative sourcing of data. Klein’s residency exhibition will open Aug. 3 First Friday Gallery Walk.

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

The Dune of Sense, Chris Vitiello
Block2 Gallery, Market Plaza, DTR
First Friday reception: on view each evening at dusk and each First Friday from June 29 to Sept. 30

In “The Dune of Sense,” Vitiello continuously writes one-line poems on dictionary pages and tears them out, often giving them to people who have offered him a word as a prompt. In this video, the activity of writing is reversed, producing an anxiety of reading as the text is unwritten by the writer’s hand. Over time, that anxiety becomes a proof of the importance of memory for the viewer. They must commit a poem to memory in order for the text to persist, becoming its carrier or book. This work serves as a reminder that language is a living thing that only has meaning through interaction and context. Meaning isn’t stored on the page; it’s stored in you.

In conjunction with the projection of this video, Vitiello will restage his interactive dictionary writing performance installation “The Language is Asleep” on Aug. 3 and Sept. 15.

Colourwheel Evening Art Experience
Colour Wheel Art Class, 110 S. East St.
First Friday reception: contact for hours

Join in the fun of ColourWheel’s Evening Art Experience! Touch, play and learn about a variety of art mediums we use in our creative art classes for adults! Think you can’t draw or paint? Think again. You’ll learn a trick or two pros use to give their work a little magic. Here’s your chance to touch, play and explore!

The Fabric of Raleigh
COR, 220 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through July 8

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 is accompanied by a hardcover photography book that will also be on display and available for purchase.

Art by Mary Keith Robbins
Dram & Draught, 623 Hillsborough St.
First Friday reception: contact for hours

Robbins is a fine artist originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She has been painting in North Carolina for the last four years. She’s recently transitioned from realism to abstraction. Come to Dram & Draught to see her most recent abstract pieces reflected on her time in North Carolina.

Watercolor Paintints from the Estate of Harry de Maine (1880-1952)
Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours, on view through July 31

Harry De Maine was born in Liverpool, England, in 1880. He spent time in Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire, as a small boy. De Maine took his first formal art instruction at the Liverpool City Art School in 1903 while still working for a dry goods store. In 1908 de Maine then went on to study in London and at the Julian Academy in Paris. He exhibited at the Paris Salons from 1908-13. Starting in 1914 (WWI), he joined the American Field Service, a volunteer ambulance service, along with some American artists, before and after serving in the British Army. After the armistice in 1919 de Maine moved to the United States. He first lived in Boston, and primarily New York City, but he received the inspiration for most of his work from long summers spent in the environs of Gloucester, Massachusetts. He exhibited widely, but primarily in New York and New England. In 1926, he re-met Lucy MacDonald, whom he had known with the Field Service in Paris; they married in 1928.

De Maine was a member of New York’s Salmagundi Club, Allied Artists of America, the Audubon Artists and the National Academy of Design, to which he was elected an associate member in March 1951. He served as secretary of the merged New York Water Color Club and the American Watercolor Society for a combined period of 10 years; he served three years as exhibition chairman. In the Gloucester area, he was associated with the North Shore Art Association and the Rockport Art Association. While watercolor was his favorite medium, de Maine received prizes in both watercolor and oil. A “Washington Post” review once said “ He transferred to America… the lyrical quality of the English landscape.”

Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

“Intersections” is a group exhibit that includes impressively executed works by Danny Laffey, Trudy Thomson, Melanie Stoer and Marnie J. Blum. The combined body of work creates an opportunity for minimalist geometric shapes in acrylic paintings to mingle with organic forms in fiber art and fused glass works.

True to Our Roots
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through July 28

Individual expressions of the American experience by local women artists. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

Motion & Rest by Wendy Var Burgess, alcohol ink and Japanese Kuretake watercolors
Retro Modern, 300 W. Hargett St., Ste. 24
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Aug. 30

These pieces were inspired by both the natural movement of things like water and flowing seaweed and grasses, as well as the solid nature of rock formations, compacted beach sand and patterns in driftwood and dead branches. Var Burgess’ background and education in environmental studies has most definitely influenced her work as a self taught artist.

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

“Fungi and Design by Nicole Asselin” (The Lab); “SOFT GOODS” (VAE Main Gallery);  “Globe” by Leroi DeRubertis (The Cube)


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