April 2nd Friday ArtWalk guide for Chapel Hill and Carrboro

The community engagement project Floraffiti is in its sixth year in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The public art project is expanding to Raleigh this summer.Courtesy of Carter Hubbard

Art exhibits and events during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on April 14 in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Floraffiti: Bringing Words to Life and Life to Words
Chapel Hill: locations vary
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., free; register at Eventbrite.

In its fifth year, Floraffiti is a five month placemaking and community engagement project taking place in Chapel Hill and Carrboro February through May. Floraffiti serves as a positive catalyst of individual, socio-cultural, and environmental well-being in the community. This non-traditional project combines two art forms in a distinctive way to present and digest information, responding to the local climate and embodying local stories.

Schedule for Friday, April 14:

6 p.m. – Open Eye Cafe: “Idea”
6:15 – Carrboro Town raised planter at triangle intersection of Weaver and Main Streets: “Hold On”
6:30 – Near the 300 East Main Parking Deck and exit area onto Main St in Carrboro: “Together We Grow,” “Sin Final,” “Siempre,” “Amor,” “Resistant!” & “Imagine”
7:30 – At the Public Parking lot at 415 West Franklin Street and across the street from that location: “Discover,” “One,” “Breathe,” “Hope” & “Resilience”

Los Trompos at the Ackland
Ackland Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill
2nd Friday reception: 5 to 9 p.m., on view through April 30

“Los Trompos” is a large-scale, interactive installation of much-larger-than-life spinning tops (trompos) in a variety of colors and shapes. Please note: the Museum’s galleries will close at 5 p.m., but visitors are encouraged to take a spin after hours.

Defining FRANK: 7th Annaul Members’ Spotlight Exhibition
FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

frank gallery /fraNGk ‘ga-l -rē/, n. 1. a passionate group of artists who create fine art in a variety of media; an artist collective. 2. art gallery run by artists for the purpose of making the arts accessible to their community. 3. the most inspiring, original, beautiful gallery in Chapel Hill.

[Related: Off The Wall: FRANK Gallery’s 7th Annual Gala Celebration]

Personal Spaces, Karen Youth Art Group
FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

The Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery presents individual project work from Karen Youth Group (KYAG) Artists Ree Ree Wei, Lah Htoo Boh, Hla Win Tway, Hser Doh and Kwah Poe.

Art and Poetry Treasure Hunt with the 2017 Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of writing ekphrastic poetry (poems about art), as you wander the galleries featured in Chapel Hill and Carrboro’s 2nd Friday ArtWalk.

Drop by The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main Street in Carrboro, any time between 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. to pick up your treasure map, a notepad and pen, and the secret directions to create your poems. You might write a love letter from one piece of art to another, or tell us what’s happening just beyond the borders of that intriguing photograph you saw. At 8:00 p.m., we’ll meet back at The ArtsCenter for an open mic reading, to share the treasures you’ve created.

Whether you’ve been writing poems all your life, or your poetry career came to an abrupt halt at “Roses are red,” we’d love to have you join us! All ages are welcome.

Facelyfts at North Carolina Crafts Gallery
North Carolina Crafts Gallery, 212 West Main St St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Local artist Carolyn Hutchison creates faces (and sometimes other images) from found and acquired objects that might otherwise be landfill-bound: broken, rusty, and other “worthless” tools; recycled plumbing and electrical equipment; discarded wood pieces and old barn wood; various materials trashed at construction sites; thrift shop treasures; and some unidentified pieces and parts that she finds on her daily path. Carolyn is the former police chief of Carrboro.

Mythicals and Abstracts by Deborah Olive Russell
Open Eye Cafe, 101 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Open Studio, New works by Paul Hrusovsky
Studio Design Gallery, 431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Scattered Light: Ananda and Lorie
This & That Gallery, 118 E. Main St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Traditional impressionistic oils and contemporary textured acrylics inspired by North Carolina’s natural beauty.

Artist Reception & Free UNC Gear
Visitors Center, 501 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Kendal Brown exhibits and the Visitors Center gives away free Carolina Blue glasses to celebrate the 2017 Tar Heel Championship win.

Reception for Potter Carolyn Doyle
WomanCraft Gallery, 360 E. Main St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

WomanCraft is featuring the deeply burnished tones of Carolyn Doyle’s new soda-fired pottery. Doyle has been showing her handmade pottery at WomanCraft for more than 15 years. In her most recent work, she fires her pieces in a gas kiln into which soda ash (sodium carbonate) is sprayed when it reaches maturing temperature. The sodium vapor combines with silica in the clay to form interesting glaze effects. Come meet Carolyn, see her new work and enjoy snacks and beverages.


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