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

"And Then the Sun Swallowed Me" by Heather Gordon is on view at CAM Raleigh."And Then the Sun Swallowed Me" by Heather Gordon is on view at CAM Raleigh.

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for Nov. 3 in Raleigh.

Mary Ann Anderson, Tethered to the Zeitgeist
Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Upfront Gallery, Opening Reception
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., runs Nov. 3-25, Free

On the walls of the Upfront Gallery, artist Mary Ann Anderson tethers surreal forms with pencil lines in an immersive site-specific installation. This exhibition explores the connectedness of all living things within the context of contemporary life in America while reflecting on Anderson’s personal experiences with our nation’s current political and cultural stresses.

Artspace Collectors Gala Art Preview
Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Gallery 1 & 2
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., Free
Collectors Gala: Saturday, Nov. 18, 6:30 to 11 p.m., Ticketed

Join us for First Friday for our Artspace Collectors Gala Art Preview! Auction items for our 16th annual Collectors Gala will be on view in Galleries 1 & 2. Bidding opens for all Silent Auction artwork at 6 p.m. for First Friday. Bidding is available through BidPal; you do not need to be present at the gala to bid on silent auction pieces. Tickets are on sale now for the big art auction night Nov. 18 Collectors Gala!

Winter Corridor Artists Exhibition
Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., 1st & 2nd Floor Corridors, opening reception
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., runs Nov. 3 to Jan. 27, free

Artspace celebrates new works by artist members Dana Ayscue, Cynthia Bickley Green, Stephen Cefalo, Eileen Hendren and Kelly Murray.

Artspace Satellite Gallery Exhibition with HQ Raleigh, Martha Thorn
HQ Raleigh, 310 S. Harrington St.
First Friday reception: Contact Satellite locations for First Friday Hours, Oct. 9 to Dec. 29, free

First Friday at CAM Raleigh
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 10 p.m.

“And Then the Sun Swallowed Me” by Heather Gordon, “No Damsel” by Dorian Lynde and “ISP (Internal Service Provider)” by Whits & Giggles. Explore exhibitions; talk art with our Middle School Docents; create something in our exhibition-inspired Creation Station; and enjoy music, food trucks and pop-up events! Admission is free for everyone from 6 to 10 p.m.

Day of the Dead, Artist Studio Project
COR Museum, 220 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 9 p.m.

We will be celebrating the Day of the Dead in collaboration with El Quixote Festival and honoring the departed women who influenced our lives. You will also be able to submit the name of someone important to you who has passed on and their name will be added to an altar. You may bring an item as well. Guidelines for these items are listed here.

Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., free, runs through Nov. 28

Please join Charlene Newsom and Elissa Farrow Savos to celebrate the opening of her newest exhibition. Elissa Farrow Savos, a sculptor who lives in Sterling, Virginia, has been exhibiting at Gallery C since 2014. Her figurative sculptures are made with polymer clay bodies mounted to found objects. The low-fired polymer clay is then painted with layers of oil paint.

“Every piece I make is about storytelling, each a narrative of some woman somewhere, and every woman everywhere. My head is full of the reasons and meanings behind each piece — usually a convoluted combination of a very specific experience with a myriad of emotions and thoughts and opinions that could be many, many words, but instead is this one piece, or maybe two. There are common themes, such as physical, emotional and spiritual burdens; connections lost and found; love and anger; dignity and strength. Meanwhile, they keep company with rusty chains, weathered wood, decaying bones, abandoned objects and scraps of fabric — the debris of life lived. My women are the same; they show their scars and wear them proudly because, after all, they make a good story, if nothing else.” – Elissa Farrow Savos

Anything Goes 2017, 44 Local Artists showcasing a variety of art mediums
Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Dec. 1

This annual exhibit showcases artists’ most creative works incorporating any theme of the artist’s choosing.

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

Raleigh native Mary Beth Owen, potter; and Virginia Owen, jeweler/painter, will be having their 11th annual show. Come join us, meet and interact with the Owen sisters and other Local Color artists Friday night.

“Under the Same Sky” new paintings by esteemed international artist, Ghany Belmaachi
The Mahler Fine Art, 228 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through Dec. 2

Ghany Belmaachi chooses to paint universal themes that speak to the masses. They are the shared experiences we have as human beings, uniting us under one sky.

[Related: Moroccan artist Ghany Belmaachi is inspired by the universal]

Belmaachi has partnered with The Mahler as director and curator of our Moroccan/ American Artists Residency Exchange. Five Triangle artists will be the guest of the King of Morocco in April 2018. They will be creating and living outside of Marrakesh with five Moroccan artists. The Mahler will host our Moroccan artist friends the following fall 2018. Read more about the artist here.

First Friday with United Arts and PineCone
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 November

The November exhibit will feature mixed media by Jane Cheek. Lloyd Konneker will be exhibiting a large, solar, kinetic sculpture entitled “Lighting Field.” We also have Chris Chappell’s puppets on display for one more month. Live music from The Carolina PineCones. Free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Light hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and arts activities for all ages will be provided.

First Fridays at the Museum: World War I Film Series: Gallipoli (1981)
NC Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 9 p.m.

See the exhibit North Carolina and World War I, and stay for Gallipoli at 6:30 p.m. On our lobby level, the Museum Shop will be open and beer samples from Little City Brewing and Provisions Co. will be available (while they last).
Gallipoli description: Starring Mel Gibson, two young track stars from Australia join troops to fight the Ottoman Empire.

Jewelry Trunk Show with Sarah Tector
Quercus Studio, 201 S. Salisbury St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 9 p.m., meet the artist, on view through Saturday, Nov. 4

First Friday
Kelly Sheppard Murray. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Expand Upon, by Kelly Sheppard Murray
Retro Modern Furnishings, 300 W. Hargett St., Suite 24 (Storefront on Dawson Street)
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through the end of November

Kelly Sheppard Murray is a Raleigh-based artist who has a studio in Artspace. She is working on a project to create and share a sculpture each day. To create these sculptures, she works with found, cast-off, industrial or surplus materials. These abstracted forms are built and then covered in encaustic, a wax painting technique, transforming the surface of the original form.

MIRAGE, by Britt Flood, large scale oil paintings
Trophy Tap & Table, 225 S Wilmington St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through November

Flood is a 26-year-old painter based out of Pittsboro, exploring large-scale and mark making with nontraditional tools. “Mirage” will feature all new works by Flood. The artist will be on-site during the First Friday event selling prints and originals, and providing giveaways.

First Friday at VAE
VAE Raleigh, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.

VAE continues exhibiting “BLACK ON BLACK V2” in the Main Gallery and THE CUBE, and welcomes The Holiday Shop to THE LAB, VAE’s front gallery.

Also — we’re hosting a Comedy Night on Saturday the 4th in coordination with “BoBV2.”


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