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

"Life is a Circus" by Janie Johnson at Local Color Gallery.Courtesy of Local Color Gallery

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for Feb. 2 in Raleigh.

2017 National Juried Art Show Winners Exhibition 
311 Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Feb. 24

The main exhibition area will be divided up to show off the talents of the four first-place winners in our 2017 National Juried Shows: “ABSTRACTS MATTER,” Sara Risley; “PETS & PEOPLE,” Michelle Peterlin; “FLOWERS & GARDENS,” Maja Shaw; and “LANDSCAPES & SEASCAPES,” Elaine Dowling. Each of these accomplished artists will be presenting examples of their artistic passion.

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

Gallery One: “Re(f)use,” Triangle Book Arts Group, Opening Reception, on view through March 3; Note, Saturday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Book Arts Demo with Members of Triangle Book Arts. The Triangle Book Arts Group represents a diverse array of artists who explore and expand the idea of books as art objects through high levels of craftsmanship, innovative techniques and imaginative forms. This will be the group’s first exhibition in a dedicated gallery space guest curated by Janet Guertin.

Gallery Two: “Waves of Circles,” Ambiorix Santos, Opening Reception, on view through Feb. 24. Combining his professional training as a painter with his interest in found materials, Dominican artist Santos explores the beauty contained within the refuse of our culture. This series of work integrates lights to create an element of wonder and transformation for visitors to the gallery.

Upfront Gallery + Lobby: “New Works,” Jane Wells Harrison, Opening Reception, on view through Feb. 24.

1st & 2nd Floor Corridors: “Spring Corridor Exhibition,” Anna Vaughn Creech, King Nobuyoshi Godwin, Constance Pappalardo + Sandra Wimbish, on view through April 28.

Satellite Exhibition HQ Raleigh (310 S Harrington St.): “Artspace Satellite Exhibition with HQ Raleigh,” Austin Caskie, contact HQ Raleigh for First Friday Hours, on view through March 31.

Pop, Drop and Shattered!
Block2, located on the side of First Citizens Bank at Market Plaza, 239 Fayetteville St.
First Friday (and more): On view at dusk each evening and through Feb. 28

William Lamson, “Emerge,” HD video, stereo sound, color 2:07 minutes: “Emerge” is a platform for a performative experiment, a collaboration with forces outside of the artist’s control to explore systems of knowledge and belief.

Tracy Spencer Stonestreet, “Dropping (After Ai Wei Wei),” HD video, stereo sound, color 7:01 minutes: “Dropping” uses the manipulation of domestic objects, but instead of destroying, the artist gathers the pieces — a metaphorical gesture of trying to make sense of a fragmented past.

Haviland & Colagiovanni, “Music for Teacups,” 2K video, stereo sound, color 7:33 minutes: “Music for Teacups” rhythmically dissects the poetic moment of a falling and breaking teacup as it makes audible its transformation from a complete object.

Modern Japanese SHIN-HANGA and SOSAKU-HANGA Prints
Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Our popular 2015 show of Japanese woodblock prints provided an overview of 200 years of the art of Japanese printmaking, from the late 18th century through the end of the 20th century. Our new exhibit, featuring over 30 works emanating from the same private collection, explores in more depth the development of the two major schools of the art form, the SHIN-HANGA and the SOSAKU-HANGA movements.

Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Feb. 21

Each artist has transformed a generic reproduction or mass-produced art into an original one-of-a-kind work of art. In conjunction with this exhibit, on Feb. 3 at 1 p.m., Leatha Koefler will lead an open discussion on what to look for when you buy art. All mediums, non-juried exhibit.

Hope and Happiness
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through Feb. 24

A special abstract watercolor exhibition by Janie Johnson. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

PAIN BODIES: Political Resistance and the Accumulation of Psychic Pain, Becky Flanders
LUMP, 505 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through March 10

Becky Flanders’ (b.1980) current work focuses on the mythic feminine, transcendent and ecstatic states, sex positivity and the relationship between subjects and states. She is a leading member of the photography collective Fountain of Pythons and a member of the all-female curatorial collective CUNSTHAUS. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Becky lives and works in Tampa, Florida.

Landscapes by Christine Young
MJH Gallery at United Arts, 410 Glenwood Ave. Ste. 170 (The entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street.)
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through the end of the month

Come by the First Friday reception to see this month’s exhibit. In addition, we are excited to welcome five Wake County students who participated in the following United Arts’ supported writer residencies: The Raleigh School, third-grade writer residency with Michael Beadle; Ligon Middle, seventh-grade writer residency with Mimi Herman; Northwoods Elementary, fourth-grade writer residency with Tony Peacock; Martin Middle, eight-grade writer residency with Diane Silcox-Jarrett; Washington Elementary, writer residency with Kelly Starling Lyons.

Students will read excerpts from the pieces they wrote as part of these writer residencies.

Light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and art activities for all ages will be provided.

North Carolina and World War I
North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E Edenton St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 9 p.m.

Experience the groundbreaking new exhibit “North Carolina and World War I,” featuring a life-size trench replica, interactive video, realistic battlefield sounds and sights, and stories of Tar Heel bravery. The NC Museum of History is a part of the Office of Archives and History, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Memorial Objects/Sacred Spaces, by Sarah West
Retro Modern Furnishings, 300 W. Hargett St. Suite 24 (storefront on Dawson St. next to the Hue)
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through the end of the month

Digital Art Work by Jamie Sunyak
Unleashed at City Market, 329 Blake St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through March 1

Jamie Sunyak is a Boylan Heights resident who specializes in handmade and personalized art pieces using all types of mediums, including charcoal, paint and the computer. Her latest collection involves digital artwork using photos of your favorite furry friend. She also creates paintings, posters, holiday cards, greeting cards, save-the-dates, personal or children’s stationery, special invitations and more. Each piece is customized with love, warmth and detailed craftsmanship.

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