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

See work by Melissa O'Neal at Litmus Gallery on First Friday.

Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for Dec. 7 in Raleigh.

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

Gallery Two: “Material Matters,” Blaise Tobia, through Jan. 26. Opening reception, Dec. 7, 6 to 10 p.m., free. Blaise Tobia is a contemporary artist and photographer who lives and works in Philadelphia. Tobia uses digital photographic techniques to create a variety of artistic works. He distorts his subjects through saturated color and monumental scale, prompting the viewer to question the banal materials of daily life.

Gallery One: “Brain Janitor,” Dane Winkler, Dec. 7 to Feb. 2. Opening reception, Dec. 7, 6 to 10 p.m., free. 2017 Pollack-Krasner winner Dane Winkler’s interactive installations and large-scale sculptures transform the white wall environment of the gallery. He couples an intense building vocabulary with a subtle sense of poetry harkening back to his roots related to homesteading. A contextualization of pastoral materials foregrounds moral issues of subsistence amid urban and cosmopolitan surroundings.

Upfront Gallery: “mobilemedic/oracle,” Edwin Lohmeyer, Dec. 7 to 29. Opening reception, Dec. 7, 6 to 10 p.m., free. Participatory sound installation of a dystopian vision of America in the not too distant future.

Artspace Holiday Market! Saturday, December 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., free admission. It’s a great day for art! Join us for our holiday market featuring Artspace artists and artists from our community. Perfect time to get a last minute gift! And afterward, be sure to check out our friends and neighbors over at Anchorlight’s open studios, from 3 to 7 p.m. that day.

A View From the Bardo: New Works by Adam Sensel
Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: Contact for hours, on view Dec. 1 to 31

“To produce works of art that resemble how I perceive my surroundings, with a “bardo” lens. What is the bardo? You know — life/death, well, that middle space between life and death, depending on your belief, of course — well that’s the bardo, the in-between. These paintings are how I imagine that plane of existence to appear: how our world and our surroundings are perceived by those in, or traveling through the in-between!” -Adam Sensel

Member Mayhem
Imurj, 300 S. McDowell St., Suite A
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

“Member Mayhem” is a show designed to showcase the works of Imurj’s all-inclusive community of visual artists. Whether our artists have been a member since day one or for just one day, everyone’s in on showing what our community has to offer. During your First Friday tour of the city’s galleries, come see what our community has been hard at work on. Artists include Carbo Atiya Batts, Lance Linett, Beverly Martin, Cheryl McCardle, Evan Griffith, Brook Suffridge, Lynn Alker, Wang Qing, and more TBA! You can also enjoy Imurj’s brand-new cafe offerings, including cold salads, sandwiches and wraps. Imurj’s bar offers beer, wine, liquor and nonalcoholic options, as well.

Anything Goes: Our annual juried exhibit featuring works of various media from 64 local artists
Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Dec. 7

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, It’s a Winter Show!
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through Dec. 29

A collaboration of works in different mediums by woman artists. Come meet and interact directly with the artists this First Friday’s winter show

Shop Local Craft at The Mahler
The Mahler Fine Art, 228 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through the holidays

3-year Anniversary at Port of Raleigh!
Port of Raleigh, 416 S. McDowell St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

We’ll be toasting to three years with sips and sweets, and photo booth by local artist Katie Stewart. We’d love to see you and help you get a jump-start on your holiday shopping!

Quite Moments, Original Paintings by Georgia Tardy
Retro Modern Furnishings, 300 W. Hargett St., Suite 24 (storefront on Dawson St.)
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Jan. 1

From a very young age, Georgia Tardy knew she was an artist. Tardy states, “In my life, the most profound moments of change have occurred in my personal space and time with God. It has been those quiet moments (away from the praise, adoration and support of the public) that the best parts of me have developed and emerged. Through abstract shapes, vibrant colors, and forms of human faces, these pieces emulate the beauty of the secret places of transformation.”

First Friday at Runologie with Kennedi Carter
Runologie, 401 Hillsborough St., B
First Friday reception: Contact for hours

Join us for a special First Friday with work from Kennedi Carter. A bit about Carter: a Durham native by way of Dallas, Carter is a fine-art photographer with a primary focus on black subjects. Her work highlights the aesthetics of sociopolitical aspects of blackness, as well as the overlooked beauties of the black experience as a whole: skin, texture, trauma, peace, love and community. Her work aims to reinvent notions of creativity and confidence in the realm of blackness. Kennedi’s most recent work was featured in the 2018 Photo Vogue festival, The Nasher Museum of Art’s “Across County Lines” exhibit, the renowned Photoville Festival in Brooklyn, and VSCO’s “Walk in the Sun” Exhibition.

En Masse, a group exhibition showcasing works by various VAE artists United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 170, Raleigh.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m, on view through the end of December

Join United Arts this First Friday for our Holiday Art Market and Opening Reception for the “En Masse” exhibit in the MJH Gallery. The Holiday Art Market will feature eight to 10 local artists selling their pottery, jewelry, paintings, crafts and more. It’s a great time to find that unique gift for a loved one, a teacher or maybe even yourself! Festive holiday refreshments will be served!

Note: Although the address is Glenwood Ave, the entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street, which crosses Glenwood Avenue.)


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