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

Detail of artwork by Jason Craighead at CAM Raleigh.Art Howard

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

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

Gallery One: “Food of the Gods,” Lydia McCarthy, Sept. 7-Oct. 27; opening reception Sept. 7, Artist Talk Sept. 8, noon. New York photographer Lydia McCarthy’s saturated palette and psychedelic still-lifes hover between the space of documentation, metaphor and material investigation. McCarthy strips her subjects of their context to exploit the idea that photography is able to capture a world beyond our comprehension.

Gallery Two: “Strange New World,” Jennifer Davis, Sept. 7-Oct. 27; opening reception Sept. 7. Jennifer Davis is a Minneapolis-based artist whose large-scale intricate paintings of surreal creatures and whimsical characters possess a highly developed sensibility for pattern and color. In this exhibition, Davis will present a new body of three-dimensional work that creates an almost tangible world of strange creatures that seem to live and breathe, despite their simplified surreal forms.

Upfront Gallery: “Regional Emerging Artists-in-Residence Exhibition,” Chelsea Raflo and Summer Rezeli, Sept. 7-29; opening reception, Sept. 7; Artist Talk,Sept. 15, noon. After a six-month residency at Artspace, these young emerging artists will exhibit work that explores issues of environment, identity and the effect of technology on modern life.

Corridor: “Fall Corridor Exhibition,” Jason Bryant, Aug. 3-Oct. 27.

First Friday at CAM Raleigh
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday receptions: All 6 to 10 p.m., exhibitions on view through Sept. 9

September Free First Friday celebrates CAM’s summer exhibitions. Meet the artists and explore their work: “threshold,” by Jason Craighead; “Over/Time: Imaging Landscape,” by Tama Hochbaum; “Scape,” by Julia Gartrell; “Raspberry Chocolate Pillow,” by Tim Lytvinenko. Also enjoy Creation Station, music by kward, beverages and food trucks.

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

Additionally, Wake County Board of Elections will be partnering with the City of Raleigh Museum for the First Friday events. Are you Ready for the Nov. 6 general election? You can to register to vote, update your voter registration, find out where your polling place is located, and obtain information about early voting and absentee voting by mail, all at First Friday at the City of Raleigh Museum!

Opening Reception: The Art of Travel: Pastel Paintings from the Estate of Elsie Dinsmore Popkin
Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Elsie Dinsmore Popkin (1937-2005) was an incredibly talented artist and activist who consistently enriched her compositions with a sense of vitality. Well-known for her verdant and vivid landscapes, Popkin’s proclivity for pastels enabled her to explore light and intensity of color in a way that gave life to the paper she worked on. Her ardent appreciation of nature is so apparent in her work that it inspires an almost spiritual pull to the outdoors. This exhibition showcases works painted mostly during Elsie Dinsmore Popkin’s extensive travels, including breathtaking scenes from Greece, Japan, Chile and Turkey, among other countries.

Colourwheel Evening Art Experience
HQ Raleigh, 310 S. Harrington St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Come out to ColourWheel Evening Art Experience @HQ Raleigh and indulge in watercolor whimsy! Try fun techniques and learn a new skill with watercolor pencils! First Friday Special: First Class free when you book your space in our seven-week art course!

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.

Local Color Redux
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through Sept. 29

Local Color Gallery presents “Local Color Redux,” oils and pastels by Lori White. The gallery offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

Janks Archive: Research Triangle
Lump, 505 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Oct. 6

Artists Jerstin Crosby (N.C.), Ben Kinsley (Colo.) and Jessica Langley (Colo.) will present “Janks Archive: Research Triangle.” This exhibition is part of their ongoing “Janks Archive” project (2012-present), which investigates traditions of insult humor in cultures from around the world. This multifaceted study documents this tradition through field recording and presents the collection through an online database, public events, exhibitions, installations, publications and a podcast.

Summer Fades to Fall Arrivals, new works by gallery artists
Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m.

Wine and Flower Design
Petale, 15 W. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: Please contact for hours, $30

Join us on First Friday to sip wine, visit with your friends or make new ones, learn design techniques and relieve some stress. $30 includes vase, flowers and fun. Call 919-900-8066 for more information. Spots are limited, so reserve your spot. Great idea as a gift to someone.

First Friday Jewelry Trunk Show with Sarah Tector
Quercus Studio, 201 S. Salisbury St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

First Friday with Laura Pfaff
Runologie, 401 Hillsborough St. B
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us for a night in the shop with art from Laura Pfaff. We will be slinging beer and wine till we run out, with extended hours to get you ready for the weekend and select specials on running shoes, apparel and accessories. So come on out + sip + shop!

The Everyday, King Godwin and Theresa Devine
United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Ave, Ste. 170
First Friday reception: 6-8 p.m., on view through September

“The Everyday” is a multi-venue, multidiscipline, cross-disability project headed by an international steering committee with the curatorial goal of highlighting universal experiences, told from the disability perspective, presented in an audacious way. King uses color, brushstrokes and numbers to create colorful compositions that embody everyday occurrences and events. Theresa’s analog game use different selections of dice and rules that put the player into a new reality. This reception is free and open to the public. Stop by for refreshments and view the exhibit! Everyone is welcome.

First Friday at VAE Raleigh
VAE Raleigh, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., on view through Sept. 29

United Arts Council (410 Glenwood Ave, Ste. 17): Theresa Devine – As a part of “The Everyday” project, Devine will be showcasing her game works for the months of August and September. “The Everyday” is a multivenue, multidiscipline, cross-disability project with the curatorial goal of highlighting universal experiences, told from the disability perspective, presented in an audacious way. First Friday reception: 5 to 8 p.m.

United Arts Council (410 Glenwood Ave, Ste. 17): King Nobuyoshi Godwin –  As a part of “The Everyday” project, King Nobuyoshi Godwin will be showcasing his paintings in September.”The Everyday” is a multivenue, multidiscipline, cross-disability project with the curatorial goal of highlighting universal experiences, told from the disability perspective, presented in an audacious way. First Friday reception: 5 to 8 p.m.

The Cube at VAE (309 W. Martin St.): Mind/Forest by Holly Wong – The intent of this work is to visually express the nature of thought, how thoughts move in our brains, and how thoughts may concentrate or synergize into patterns as demonstrated by the networks (or “forests”) of thread. First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through Oct. 6.

Seems Like Home
V L Rees Gallery, 311 W. Martin St., Studio 6
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Landmarks, landscapes and the Raleigh vibe. Original oil paintings. Meet the artist during First Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m.

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