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

Photo by Barbara Tyroler that will be on display during First Friday at Block Gallery.Block Gallery

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for Oct. 5 in Raleigh.

Local artist and live music
Adara Spa, 608 W Peace St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

The talented Luv Jones’ Experience is back! Enjoy live jazz, neo-soul, pop, R&B, old-school and reggae music. Local artist Nicole Drake will feature watercolor paintings, portraits and handmade cards. Also, a fall food demo by Lorrie Todd. Come enjoy a night of great music and art!

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

Upfront Gallery: “Black, White + Read,” Jillian Goldberg and Susan LaMantia, Oct. 5-27; opening reception, Oct. 5; Artist Talk, Oct. 20, noon. Painters Jillian Goldberg and Susan LaMantia present new abstract works that explore the relationship between light, color and form.

Ongoing exhibitions

Gallery One: “Food of the Gods,” Lydia McCarthy, Sept. 7-Oct. 27. 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. 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.

Corridors 1st + 2nd floors: “Fall Corridor Exhibition,” Jason Bryant, Ryan Fox, Trish Klenow, Frank Kreacic + Susie Silver, Aug. 3-Oct. 27.

“Mothers, Daughters, the the Writing Life” by Elizabeth Matheson and Barbara Tyroler, photographs
Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through Nov. 23

Mothers are the most intimate of strangers. This series of photographs by Elizabeth Matheson and Barbara Tyroler takes a fresh perspective to examining their lives and those of their daughters through portraits, spaces and archival material. With mothers and daughters as the central theme, they have extended their photographic journey with a group of writers who articulate these intimate intergenerational spaces through their essays in “Mothers & Strangers,” an anthology edited by Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith, to be released by UNC Press in April 2019. Block Gallery and Raleigh Arts are happy to partner with CLiCK Photography Festival to present the exhibit “Mothers, Daughters and the Writing Life”, on view each week through Nov. 23.

Virtual and Augmented Reality as Tools for Design and Engagement
COR, 220 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 5:30 to 9 p.m., on view through December

An evening presentation and demonstration of the potential of VR/AR through the eyes of designers, researchers and educators

Art by Dan Campbell
Dram and Draught, 623 Hillsborough St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Stop by Dram to see North Carolina professional artist Dan Campbell’s amazing works of vibrant impressionism, mixed with a little abstraction. In his love for music from the ’60s and ’70s, Campbell finds his groove in painting favorite iconic musicians “of yesteryear.” In addition to his more famous figures, Campbell’s subject matter ranges from figurative to landscapes, cityscapes and seascapes, to wildlife, music and sports. For more, visit Campbell’s website. Please note that Dram & Draught is a private club for members and their guests, 21+ only. We appreciate in advance your adherence to this policy.

Horace Farlowe (1933-2006), sculptures and paintings from the 1970s-2000s
Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours, on view through Nov. 14

Horace Farlowe (1933-2006) was a talented artist, activist and teacher who held no less than five professorships over the course of his career. His sculptures, though often monumental in scale, have such an emotional quality to them that it would be impossible to deny his devotion to the craft. Farlowe’s sculptures can be viewed in the permanent collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, the Greenville Museum of Art and at university campuses throughout the United States. This exhibition showcases sculptures, paintings and drawings from Farlowe’s career through the 1970s until the early 2000s. “My first studies in art were in a school of architecture. This introduction to art was responsible for many years of research trying to create a sculpture that is a reflection of me and not an obvious influence by others. Now I find forms related to architecture and the space that architecture defines is of primary importance to me. As with all artists, I am constantly in search of a ‘new’ sculpture. For me, change is necessary for growth in my work. This change can be instant, or it can take place over a long period of time. It is not significant when we seek new directions, but it is important that we be aware that new directions are a must in art. The most essential advice anyone can give to an artist is to always ‘keep working.'” -Horace Farlowe (1933-2006)

CLICK! Photography Exhibits
Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Oct. 24

“Billboards” by Savannah, Georgia, artist Tianran Qin gives us a thought provoking look at consumerism through long-term exposures that turn advertising into light. Our second exhibit by California artist Paula Riff is aptly named “Shibui.” “Shibui” refers to a particular aesthetic of simple, subtle and unobtrusive beauty. This concept is certainly reflected in her series. Riff uses a cameraless technique and the processes of cyanotype and color gum bichromate.

Art, Color & LIght
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through Oct. 27

Bold and dynamic contemporary works: mixed media by Adrien Montoya and stained glass by Lizzie Bailey. The gallery offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

Virtual Reality and Art
Momentum, 213 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Walk through your favorite works of art at Momentum. Tilt brush lets you paint in 3D space with virtual reality. Your room is your canvas. Your palette is your imagination. The possibilities are endless. Momentum is partnering with Lucid Dream for this art-meets-technology First Friday event! Join us in the virtual world, exploring famous works of art and creating your own.

Contemporary to Realism gallery artists
Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through Oct. 20

An Abstract Collaborative, Soft Opening
Oak & Dagger, 18 Seaboard Ave., #150
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Starting Friday Oct. 5, Oak & Dagger welcomes Ariana Gershman, Connor Regan and David Underwood! We will have a soft opening first as most of the artists are out of town on the 5th, but YOU are welcome to join us for happy hour food specials all day and craft beer. See you at the pub!

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

Thinking about something different and fun to do on a Friday night? Visit with friends and make new ones while learning a fool-proof method to layering flowers that include centerpieces for Thanksgiving and the fall.

8th annual Korktoberfest
The Raleigh Wine Shop, 126 Glenwood Ave.
First Friday reception: Please contact for hours, Oct. 5-7

Join us for our 8th Annual Korktoberfest Sale & Celebration! Now with an extra day to celebrate! Details and a full event schedule to come which will include: Special discounts on wine, provisions, accessories and apparel throughout the store; free wine tastings all weekend long; Friday night Pre-shop with Atomo Augmented Reality and discounts on the WineStation while you shop the stacks; Saturday Capital Club 16 will be serving up authentic German food for lunch; Sunday Cousins Maine Lobster Food Truck will be in the parking lot with more free tastings inside, plus Trophy Brewing & Ponysaurus Brewing on tap with discounts on growlers to go! Free tasting!

Surreal Inflatables & Illustrations, by Tristan Griffiths
Retro Modern Furnishings, 300 W. Hargett St., Ste. 24 (storefront on Dawson Street)
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Tristan Griffiths is a recent graduate of the NCSU College of Design. He likes bringing the “weird” world into the real world. Come experience his whimsical inflatable creatures and original illustrations for one night only. Prints available for sale.

ParaDiGm 2018
United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 170 (Please note that although the address is Glenwood Ave, the entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street, which crosses Glenwood Avenue.)
First Friday reception: 6-8 p.m., on view through October

The October exhibit will feature artwork by the following Professional Development Grant Recipients: Jeff Bell, Dave Greway, Kiki Farish, Andie Freeman, Liz Kelly, Lillian Jones, Libby O’Daniel, Anna Podris and Jennifer Stas. The evening will feature the reading of an excerpt by literary grantee Carrie Knowles, “My Inevitable Past”; and an excerpt of a dance performance by Michelle Pearson and Black Box Dance Theatre, “Applied Dance and Inspired Mathematics.” Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.

Arthurian Mesh with Turner Carter Bond Brandon
Unleashed, The Dog and Cat Store, 1801, 329 Blake St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

New artwork from local creative force Turner Carter Bond Brandon is on display through the month of October. Stop by during First Friday Raleigh hours for opening reception, music, free treat buffet, and BOGO dog and cat treats! Free

AIAT Archtober Firm Crawl
VAE, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Join us for First Friday in Archtober! The American Institute of Architects Triangle is celebrating by inviting you into their office spaces so you can see firsthand what architects do. EVER WONDER WHAT ARCHITECTS REALLY DO? The practice of architecture is about more than designing buildings. Most projects require architects to be big-picture thinkers and to consider much more than just the ‘site’ for a project when designing a building. These considerations include the surrounding culture and context of a place, budget, aesthetics and the impact the building will have on the community and the environment for many years to come. JOIN THE CRAWL AND YOU WILL: * Meet and speak with the architects that work in and shape your community. * See the inner workings of what it takes to design a building (sketches, models, renderings and more). Pick up your crawl map at VAE Raleigh and check out some architecture firms in preparation for IMBY. What if you got to design your own perfect city totally from scratch? What would it look like? In My Backyard (IMBY) is a month-long collaborative experiment where we come together and try to do just that, right here in VAE’s main gallery.


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