The October First Friday Art Walk in Raleigh is this week!

See work by photographer Dan Gottlieb at The Mahler during First Friday.

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for Oct. 6 in Raleigh.

DoubleTake, Dan Gottlieb and Photography
The Mahler Fine Art, 228 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Oct. 27

The Mahler is pleased to welcome photographer Dan Gottlieb, director of planning and design at NCMA. Gottlieb’s dreamlike imagery combines photography and painting, revealing extended moments in nature. “I confess to photographic tendencies of a late-19th-century pictorialist, yet layered, like nature, with elements of order and chance, fixed and variable.”

New Works by: Laura Lacambra Shubert & Sally Resnik Rockriver, Paintings by Shubert & Glass Sculptures by Rockriver
Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Oct. 31

Please join Charlene Newsom, Laura Lacambra Shubert and Sally Resnik Rockriver to celebrate the opening of their newest exhibition.

You’ve Reached the Office of Stuart Ullman
Lump, 505 S. Blount Street
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through Nov. 4,

See George Jenne’s uncanny recreation of the office set from Stanley Kubrik’s film adaptation of The Shining, paired with a two-channel video in the opposite gallery. Over the course of the month, the artist will create a new video, using the set. The show will close with the office set, which will by then show the patina of a space that’s been abused and discarded, plus the new video, projected in the opposite gallery. It’s all about fandom, myth, and obsessive verisimilitude.

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

“Download” is a collaborative exploration that playfully examines the connectedness of humanity and technology. It features assemblages, paintings and mixed media by Leatha Koefler and Jayne Walther. Special guest half robot, half human dancer Tiana Sutton will be at the opening reception. For further information, check out

Across the Horizon
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through Oct. 28

New works by mixed media artist Adrien Montoya and stained-glass artist Lizzie Bailey. Expressing a Cuban perspective in their art. Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

311 Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through Oct. 28

The October show in the Main Gallery at 311 Gallery features three of the best abstract artists in the Triangle Area: Mary Storms, Sherri Stewart, and Kelly Blackington in “BLONDE ABSTRACTIONS.” From complete abstracts to abstracted realism, this show celebrates the breadth of creative abstract paintings with a dynamic use of color and movement offset by the nuance of delight. The artists will be at the Opening Reception on First Friday, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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

New exhibition: Ivana Milojevic Beck, Fragile Foundations, Oct. 6 to 28 (Upfront Gallery)

Artist Ivana Milojevic Beck grapples with a foundational identity between her Serbian and American homes. Beck’s sculptural forms and drawings focus on generations of women in her family and portray the resilience, flexibility and adaptability passed down the line. The use of structural materials such as brick, wax and mortar allude to the physical structure of home while the fleshy pink surfaces and organic forms evoke women’s roles within that space.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

Juxtaposition, Donald Martiny + Celia Johnson, through Oct. 27; * Paint Process Artist Talk: Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., free (Gallery Two)

Husband-and-wife artists Celia Johnson and Donald Martiny present visually distinct bodies of work that push the limits of their painting mediums. Working with encaustic on panel, Johnson creates seamless color forms whose flat sheen gives little clue to her technical process. Martiny’s monumental brushstroke paintings are created through an innovative process that transforms acrylic paint into sculptural forms. Both artists possess a keen eye for color and a love of paint.

First Friday
Artwork by Leigh Suggs at Artspace.

Hyperactive, Leigh Suggs + Garry Noland, through Oct. 27 (Gallery One)
Saturated color palettes and tedious techniques impart an intense optic energy to the work of artists Leigh Suggs and Garry Noland. Combining found materials such as cardboard, bubble wrap and tape, L.A. and Kansas City-based artist Noland enlivens the detritus of daily life. Richmond-based artist Suggs transforms large sheets of paper into pulsating visual worlds through intricate designs that are cut and woven into the surface.

Homebound, Brenda Brokke, Leatha Koefler and Amy Friend, through Nov. 25 (Lobby)

Corridor Artists Exhibition, Kiki Farish, Dmitri Freund, Jillian Goldberg, Nancy Hughes Miller, Victoria Powers & Carol Spruill, through Oct. 28 (1st & 2nd Floor Corridors)

And Then the Sun Swallowed Me: a new installation from Heather Gordon
CAM Raleigh, 409 W Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through Feb 4, 2018

A black tape and video site installation demonstrating the power of a supernova and our inability to escape its lifecycle.

bDay Month First Friday, by Division 6, LLC and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 10 p.m.

Celebrate the launch of the bDay Month app by sending your friends and family a personalized birthday message from the bDay Month photo booth. bDay Month is a simple, free web app that connects local customers with local businesses for deals and discounts during the month of their birthday (and beyond.) The bDay Month photo booth activation is presented in partnership by Division 6, LLC and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

Lumina Clothing, 215 E. Franklin St.
First Friday reception: Artist Talk 7 p.m.

For October’s First Friday, Lumina Clothing is proud to host “The Middle of Somewhere – A visual narrative of separation of urban and rural towns in North Carolina”. Caitlin Penna, a freelance photojournalist, and Taylor McDonald, a fine art photographer, come together to present a series of images about the colliding Southern landscapes found in North Carolina. By illuminating the folk that reside in small towns east to west, their images reveal a clear dissonance. Penna and McDonald will be hosting a talk at 7 p.m. to introduce and explain the photos and individuals that comprise their project. Complimentary beer will be available. Plus, everything in the Lumina store will 20 percent off.

MA Allen Interiors, 1020 Glenwood Ave.
First Friday reception: Meet the Artist, 5-9 p.m.

We are thrilled to host Charleston-based artist Laura Deems and a selection of her stunning work at MA Allen Interiors on Friday, Oct. 6th from 6-9 p.m. Deems will be in Raleigh for one night with a collection of large works, as well as smaller works on paper. If you haven’t seen her work, you will definitely want to check her out. Be sure to come by Friday, Oct. 6 for the show!

ParaDiGm 2017
MJH Gallery at United Arts, 410 Glenwood Ave.
(The entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street.)
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through October

Join the United Arts Council for our October First Friday Exhibit and Reception celebrating the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council. The October exhibit will feature artwork by the following Professional Development Grant Recipients: Everett Mayo Adelman, Chris Chappell, Brandon Cordrey, Max Dowdle, Trish Klenow, Georges Le Chevallier ,George McKim, Emily Page.

The opening will feature readings of excerpts by literary grantees: Judy Allen Dodson, “Micah’s Magic”; Jane Falkner, “In Search of Cesar Chavez”; Terry Alston Jones, “A Summer With No Ice Cream.”

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

Cast Iron Jewelry Show, Cat Bates
Quercus Studio, 201 S. Salisbury St.
First Friday reception: Meet the Artist Reception, 5 to 9 p.m.

Cat hails from Portland, Maine. He has taught at Maine College of Art and Penland School of Crafts.

Jewelry Show at Quercus during First Friday.
Jewelry Show at Quercus during First Friday.

Ideal Space PREVIEW by students in the College of Design at NC State University
Port of Raleigh, 416 S. McDowell St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Oct. 15

A Preview for Ideal Space, an installation designed, built and curated by students in the College of Design at North Carolina State University. The exhibit will be shown at the North Carolina Museum of Art from Jan. 6-25, 2018. The exhibition consists of products that viewers can interact with in a tactile and thought-provoking way. The theme for the installation is “Home,” and each young designer will have the chance to interpret this in their own way through the products they design.

Read With Me, 111 E. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 6:30 p.m.

Raleigh Dance Theatre’s Leaping Readers program comes to Read With Me! Dancers from Raleigh Dance Theatre will perform excerpts from Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet in our very own bookstore. Join us on First Friday in October as we read and dance together. Friday, October 6 at 6:30. No registration required.

Abstract Shapes & Coral Reef Themes, by Wendy Burgess and alcohol ink
Retro Modern Furnishings, 300 W. Hargett St., Suite 24
(Storefront on Dawson Street)
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Oct. 31

Burgess began her career digitizing satellite imagery into maps and was fascinated by the colors, textures and patterns in these images. Recently encouraged by a dear friend to participate in #the100dayproject, she decided to pick up her paintbrush and create a painting every day for 100 days and post the images to her Instagram account @wendyvarr_art. From this endeavor, a spark was ignited. Starting with watercolors, then high-flow acrylics, she eventually discovered her latest favorite medium, alcohol ink, given to her by her family as a gift. Most of her recent work vacillates between oceanlike coral reef themes to abstract shapes and forms with many layers of ink and alcohol. These new paintings are meant to be a bit mesmerizing and ethereal and the act of creating them offers a form of meditation as well.

SKY First Friday
Skyhouse, 308 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us 23 stories above Downtown Raleigh for a photography exhibit by Gus Samarco and live music from Cody Daniel.

Silk Road
Tipping Paint Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Oct. 28

Jill Hunt features her hand-painted silk in a unique exhibit, showcasing her use of the serti technique to create original art both to display and to wear.

Unleashed at City Market, 329 Blake St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Oct. 31, FREE

Come out and “Meet the PhoDographer”; schedule a session for your dog’s portrait; and check out what Unleashed has to offer for your dog and cat family members.

Cheryl Gottschall is a professional photographer specializing in dog portrait photography. What separates her from the pack is her ability to connect with dogs in a way that they respond to her and end up posing for the camera. Even the most hyper dogs will stop to give a pose. She is also a commercial photographer with many years of studio and portrait experience shooting for large corporations and small businesses. Photography is not just a hobby for her; it is her life. As with many photographers, she started out young, in middle school. The difference is, she went on to obtain a B.S. degree in medical photography, studied fine art and documentary photography in Austria, worked in New York and Philadelphia before moving to NC, had a retail photography store in Raleigh, traveled extensively just to photograph, exhibited, won awards, has never had a job that wasn’t photography related, owns her own photography business and still shoots just for fun. She has never been without a camera in hand. In addition to the passion for photography, her passion for dogs is just as great.

If you would like her to photograph your dog or learn more, visit, email or call 919.821.9902.

Unleashed, the Dog & Cat Store is locally owned and operated with the mission to provide the best supplies for dogs and cats, at affordable prices, so that every dog and cat can be as happy and healthy as ours!

VAE Raleigh, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., on view through Nov. 25

“BLACK ON BLACK V2” brings together artwork, performances and programs to cultivate collective empathy and inspiration in order to comfort, support and inspire as we navigate through our day-to-day. Contribute to the conversation: #BlackOnBlackV2.

Color in Motion, by Katie Skinner
Trophy Brewing Tap and Table, 25 S Wilmington Street
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m.; on view through October 31

Landscapes, abstracts, and still life works in small and large scale format on canvas. Pieces incorporate layers of vibrant color and energetic movement while incorporating layers of vibrant colors and energetic movement with acrylics and oils.


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