June First Friday Raleigh art walk guide

Last year's "FRESH" exhibition at Artspace in downtown Raleigh. // File photo

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday art walk for June 3 in Raleigh.

10 Year Anniversary Exhibition: Bonded Llama Studios, curated by Ann Marie Kennedy
Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 7 p.m., on view through July 22

Featuring the works of Sherry di Filippo, David Eichenberger, Raymond Goodman, Ann Marie Kennedy, Sean Kernick, Cayce Lee, Luke Miller Buchanan, Jennifer Partridge, Shelley Smith, Tracy Spencer Stonestreet and Derek Toomes.

First Friday with artist Edde Burgess; photography exhibit Graveyard Beauties
Briggs Hardware, 111 E. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

SCOPE 2016: the southern landscap
VAE, 309 West Martin Street
First Friday reception: June 3, 6 to 10 p.m.; on view until June 24

The South is a hub of creativity and Raleigh has adopted a vision to become the Southern Capital for Arts and Culture. To do our part, VAE is showcasing the work of 41 artists, representing 7 of the southern states for the month of June.

The Ease of Fiction
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 4 to 10 p.m., on view through June 19

Bring your family downtown to the Warehouse District and enjoy June Free First Friday early in the day. Join us for extended-hours, circus-themed June Free First Friday, courtesy of our partner, Duke Energy. Our Middle School docents will be here to answer all your questions and regale you with fascinating details about our current exhibition, “The Ease of Fiction.” We will have fun Creation Station projects for the entire family, along with music, surprise guests, food trucks and a donation bar.

“The Ease of Fiction” was curated by Dexter Wimberly and features work by Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Duhirwe Rushemeza, Sherin Guirguis and Meleko Mokgosi.

[Related: Constant, irrepressible change – "The Ease of Fiction” at CAM Raleigh]

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

1. FRESH Exhibition, opening reception (Gallery One & Two, ends June 25)

Snapshots from the FRESH Look event at Artspace, which was a reception for the "FRESH" preview exhibition that included more than 130 pieces of artwork.
Photo from the FRESH Look event at Artspace, which previewed all of the work submitted to “FRESH.”

Join us First Friday June 3 for the opening of “FRESH,” a juried exhibition of new works by North Carolina artists selected by Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks curator of modern and contemporary art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Price selected 31 works from the 132 that were on view during the preview show. Don’t miss the dramatic reveal! All works in the exhibition are for sale in person and online at artspacenc.org. All proceeds raised will support the Artspace Inspiration Fund, nurturing the next generation of artists.

[R[Related: Video – Artspace gets "FRESH” in May and June]a>

2. PNC Pop In Artist in Residence Martha Clippinger (Upfront Gallery, exhibition May 6 to June 25)

Artspace’s Pop In Artist in Residence, Martha Clippinger, uses her solo exhibition to respond to the architecture of the Upfront Gallery through the use of saturated color and recycled materials including wood and wool.

3. Site-Specific Installation – Antoine Williams (Lobby, through June 25)

This powerful installation in the lobby and stairwell addresses questions surrounding cultural identity and systematic racism. Using ancient mythology as a lens, Williams examines current issues such as the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore to foster awareness and emotion in the viewer.

MEXhibit: Mexican Artists of North Carolina
COR Museum, 220 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June 29

The third annual “MEXhibit” features Mexican artists working in North Carolina. The show explores the experience the melding of cultures through art and features works by Brian Gonzalez, Cornelio Campos, Francisco Loza, Luis MacKinney, Marco Martinez and Rolando Aparicio. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

House of Swank and Friends
House of Swank Clothing, 315 S. Bloodworth St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Please join us for a celebration of some of our favorite local artists. Pieces will be available for sale, and shirts will be made to order on-site as well.

Collectors’ Open House featuring works from our stable of artists
Lee Hansley Gallery, 225 Glenwood Ave.
First Friday reception: until 10 p.m., on view through June 30

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

An eclectic exhibit of watercolor, acrylic, oil, clay, glass and mixed media by 12 local women artists. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

The “Dead” Desert, photography by Matt Wong
The Morning Times Gallery, 10 E. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 11 p.m., on view through June 31

Meet the Maker Series, featuring work by Natalie Nicole of the Woven Wildflower
Retro Modern Furnishings, 300 W. Hargett St. Suite 24
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Nicole uses a combination of math, creativity and color theory to develop woven patterns that are the basis for her pillows, wall hangings and other textiles for the home. Once the pattern is created, she uses a floor loom to weave fabric through interlacing yarn ends.

Vicki Rees: Expansion
Tipping Paint Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June 25

Vicki Rees’ show explores the artist’s journey from inspiration, initial study and on to the finished the work.

The Soul of the Dog, by Paige Burris
Unleashed at City Market, The Dog & Cat Store, 329 Blake St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., photography on display through June 30

Unleashed will be having a Free Treat Buffet for dogs/cats and also BOGO treats.

Watercolors by Linda Dallas
Linda Dallas’ Art Studio, 606 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 9 p.m.

"Mean Collard Greens" by Linda Dallas.
“Mean Collard Greens” by Linda Dallas.

Ceramic artist Gwen Weaver and jewelry, book and ceramic artist Anne Terry will be guest artists for First Friday. If the weather is fine, we will be taking the creativity to the front porch. Kick off your weekend with an ice-cold lemonade and some delicious art.

Endless Summer
Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery, 719 N. Person Street
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Preview Party for The Pianos Without Organs Festival
The Mahler Fine Art, 228 Fayetteville St Raleigh
Live performances: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Pianos Without Organs is a music festival held October 7th-9th and is dedicated to the presentation of new works and connecting composers and audiences in the region with those working in national and international contexts.

First Fridays at the Museum
N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh
Friday, June 3, 5 to 9 p.m.

Go behind the scenes at the museum. Tour an artifact collection room and the design shop. Find out how museum collections are stored and how ideas transform into an exhibit. Before or after your tour, taste — while supplies last — samples of mead from Durham’s Honeygirl Meadery. The Museum Shop and lobby-level exhibits will be open all evening.

Behind-the-scenes tours begin at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Registration is required; $2 plus tax per person. Limit 10 people per tour. Tours of the exhibit “The Story of North Carolina” begin at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free, but reservations are encouraged. To register for both tours, visit NCMOH-programs.com. For information, call 919-807-7969.

June First Friday
MJH Gallery at United Arts, 410 Glenwood Ave.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through July 1

The visual art exhibit will feature the VAE Photographers’ Group and three-dimensional work by VAE pop-up Launch Shop artists.


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