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

Dana Lynn Harper's "Cosmic Glimmer" at Artspace.Artspace

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for August 3 in Raleigh.

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

Gallery One: Summer artist-in-residence Dana Lynn Harper presents “Cosmic Glimmer,” on view through Augl. 25; opening reception Aug. 3, Artist Talk Aug. 4, noon. Harper has transformed Gallery One during her summer artist residency into an encapsulated field of glittering light. Harper’s art installation invites visitors to engage with the space filled with fluctuating lengths of thousands of strung glittering pompoms and experience the movement of light. Her Artist Talk Saturday, Aug. 4 at noon will discuss her residency, art process and art installation.

Upfront Gallery + Lobby: #unfriendmeifyoustillsupporthim, by PNC Pop In Artist in Residence Jeana Eve Klein, on view through Sept. 1;

Klein’s solo exhibition, #unfriendmeifyoustillsupporthim, shares work from three current projects undertaken while in residence at Artspace. In “Recent Activity,” Klein is documenting her responses to other people’s social media activities as a form of penance for feelings of failure in the face of the current political climate. She is also inviting the community to document their own responses to social media posts with cards available in the Artspace lobby to create a collective snapshot of Raleigh as filtered through the lens of social media.

In “I Feel So Lucky (that my most egregious experience was that time at Lutheran confirmation camp when I was 12 and the counselor slid his hand up my leg. It was basically all skin that was exposed anyway, so does that even count?),” Klein is creating a pile of soft sculptures of the phrase #metoo that will be given away at the end of her exhibition to any self-identifying woman with whom the phrase resonates.

The Underground: Photographs from Raleigh’s Music Scene 1976-1985, Chris Seward Photography
COR, 220 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through December

Opening Reception: Rah-Rah! A Collection of Original Paintings from Haiti
Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Please join Charlene Newsom for an exhibition featuring “Paintings from Haiti.” A mix of African memory, a history of slavery and independence, voodoo traditions and the joi de vivre of an island paradise, painting traditions from Haiti remain uncontaminated by Western precedents. Initially labeled “naive,” “folk” and “primitive,” today, Haitian art is highly respected in the cultural consciousness of the international art establishment and is often compared by critics to the work of artists like Gauguin and Rousseau. Since the 1980s, Gallery C has been a leading dealer of Haitian art, showcasing such renowned artists as Levoy Exil, Blaise, Laguerre and Onel, just to name a few. Come see this fresh show of island art and discover the newest talent in this long line of Haitian painters.

windowseat by Siebren Versteeg
Lump, 505 S. Blount Street
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through August 18

“windowseat” features a generative media installation entitled “Thoughts without A Thinker.” In this work, Lump’s gallery is continuously monitored and uploaded to image recognition A.I. Screens hung throughout the space present the results in real time as an ever evolving exhibition of pictures gleaned from the artificial intelligence of our collective making. Other works include new algorithmic paintings that exemplify the artist’s interest in clouds and a continuous live image search for “perfect weather.”

Outdoor Art Experience
Legends Nightclub, 330 W. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Free Outdoor fair with “Creativity out of Context,” along with special guest artists Libby O’Daniel and Joshua Masters. We also will have delicious Kupkake Fairy on-site.

Expressions of Life
Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Sept. 20

With compelling works that are filled with emotion and mystery, Jenny Jones B, Amy Gardner Dean and Hello Pottery bring together rich expressive compositions in an array of mediums. Exploring the concepts of human emotion, the divine feminine, surrealism, life cycles and identities.

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

Local Color Gallery presents “August Summer,” events from the perspective of acrylic artist Margo White. The gallery 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., Suite 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.

Skyfirst Friday
Skyhouse Raleigh, 308 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Enjoy art, drinks and live music 23 floors up in the perfect downtown setting. This month we will be featuring a new artist, Nicole Drake, creator of “LavenderPop.” “LavenderPop’s” illustrations and paintings focus on the beauty of nature (living and dead), as well as the beauty of the female figure. The striking content is softened by their signature color palette — lavender, blue, white and pink. While certain techniques will always remain the same, their content is always progressing.

The Everyday
United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Ave, Ste. 170
First Friday reception: 6-8 p.m., on view through August

Work by fry Francis at United Arts Council.


As a part of “THE EVERYDAY” project, Effy Francis will be showcasing her unique body of work. Theresa Devine will be showcasing her game works. Both artists will be showing their works that highlight arts from a disability perspective. Francis’ work will be painted and computer-generated images on the wall, and Devine has dice games that will be displayed in the glass case.

Greg Whitt, Drum for Change, will be drumming with us for the evening. Don’t miss it! This reception is free and open to the public. Stop by for refreshments and view the exhibit! Everyone is welcome.

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

“Giulia Livi,” on view through Aug. 31

“THE GARDEN VARIETY, part of THE EVERYDAY PROJECT,” on view through Sept. 29

“Globe” by Leroi DeRubertis, on view through Aug. 4

VAE satellite exhibitions:

Effy Francis, solo-show part of “THE EVERYDAY PROJECT”; First Friday Reception 6-8 p.m., on view through Sept. 1 @ United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Ave.

Theresa Devine, solo-show part of “THE EVERYDAY PROJECT”; First Friday Reception 6-8 p.m., on view through Sept. 1 @ United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Ave.


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