Past Imperfect: Voices from NC History  A Stage Reading
Feb
22
3:00 PM15:00

Past Imperfect: Voices from NC History A Stage Reading

Written by members of Triangle Playwrights, these monologues are based on NC figures whose influence can still be felt—for better or worse—today. Some names may be familiar, others not. We hear, in the voices of the past, people fighting for freedom and social justice as well as those willing to manipulate others to stop progress or simply to promote themselves.  Though the people represented are long gone, their politics, beliefs, causes, and sacrifices still resonate in these turbulent times. 
 

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	 All About the Brain!
Feb
8
6:30 PM18:30

All About the Brain!

Come to the Ackland Art Museum for an evening all about the brain!

Explore the exhibition 'The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramon y Cajal' until 9 PM, and drop by these two brainy programs:

6:30 PM: 
Join us for a gallery talk led by UNC neuroscientists talking about their images featured in the Ackland's new exhibition, 'The Beautiful Brain.' Learn how they produced these images, find out about the importance of imaging in neuroscience today, and find out how these artist-scientists see the connections between science and art.

7:30 PM: 
Ask a UNC neuroscientist! Curious about how your brain works? Wondering about the nature of consciousness? Want to know more about artist-scientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal? Bring your burning neuroscience-related questions to the Ackland for a chance to Ask a Neuroscientist!

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal was organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota with the Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.

IMAGE: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish, 1852-1934: Epitelio y neuroglia primitivos de ratón (Glial cells of the mouse spinal cord), 1899, ink and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Instituto Cajal (CSIC).

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	 Laurie Meier – Stamped Greeting Cards
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Laurie Meier – Stamped Greeting Cards


Paper, ink, stamps, ribbons, embellishments, and a little imagination are the tools supporting Laurie’s passion for the past 15 years. She uses these simple tools to create small works of art. Join us at WomanCraft Gifts to celebrate Laurie’s work and join in a card-making workshop where you’ll make your own valentine card! We’re also celebrating “Wellness” in February with a special display of items that support taking care of yourself. As always, we’ll have some treats to offer so come see us. It promises to be a fun evening!

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	 Not Sorry to See You Go
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Not Sorry to See You Go

What happens when you get a cancer diagnosis? Your world stops, and if you are fortunate you get through it. Your perspective is forever changed. This show follows my arc:

From reconciliation
to contemplation and meditation
to gaining strength
to finding fun and femininity
to reinvention

Two years to the month after my last surgery for breast cancer, I have the pleasure of showing my work at Open Eye Cafe in February.

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Sharon E. Burroughs Stevens is a visual artist from Chapel Hill, NC, who works in acrylic, collage, and photography while influenced by her background in graphic design and not influenced by her degree in chemical engineering.

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Art by Quentin King
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Art by Quentin King

Quentin's paintings often refer to pop and mass culture. Using written and drawn symbols to create a world where light-heartedness is met with internal criticism. By choosing mainly formal solutions, he creates intense personal moments, masterfully created by means of poetry and collage, effectively luring the viewer around the piece. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, he absorbs biblical stories and African American culture into daily practice.

Join us & meet Mr. King for this 2nd Friday ArtWalk reception, only at This & That Gift Gallery!!

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	 Bulls By Their Horns
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Bulls By Their Horns

Please join us for the 2nd Friday ArtWalk opening reception for artist Fabrizio Bianchi. Fabrizio has been painting for over 30 years, using abstract expressionism, representational and pop imagery on mixed media as his recurring themes and subject matter. Fabrizio received his Bachelor’s Degree from East Carolina and his Master’s Degree from the University of New Mexico. His work has been displayed in several venues across the Triangle including the Durham Art Guild, Golden Belt, Carrack Modern, Vega Metals Gallery, Visual Art Exchange, Carrboro ArtsCenter, and Lee Hansley Gallery.


Artist Statement:
When does an icon in your work become the symbol of your identity? When you create an unstoppable, frenzied momentum from your visual history, family ancestry, and every moment that inspires you to keep creating yourself through your work. My bull series is a momentum that charges into uncharted territory as new ideas are scribbled on faded post-it notes and scraps of paper while the acrylics dry and the sawdust settles into every nook of my work in progress. It’s a momentum that forces me to escape the virtual world while creating new tangible ones on many late nights, only waking up the following morning with new ideas. It’s a momentum that has helped me visualize my identity charging with speed and fruition, filling the walls with layers of materials, colors and textures as I seize the moment like taking the bulls by their horns.

For many years I would experiment with layers of paints and stains over wooden materials, building rich textured surfaces to get a variety of aesthetics. After mixed reactions and sentiments from trial and error, I started cutting and sanding old surfaces to reveal a ‘chromatic excavation’ of my creative process. Eventually I transformed these boards into sculptural artworks, assembling and juxtaposing them with fresh paints and materials to create unique variations of a new yet familiar icon/design: a bullhead. The symbol of the bull has a dual meaning for me. It represents my family heritage, my second home that holds many memories of traveling to Argentina, including working with gauchos and herding cattle. The bullhead also represents Durham as the symbol of a community beyond a residence: a canvas with multiple layers of a rich history that I’ve been proud to ‘paint’ with many experiences that have made this city ‘mi cielo, mi tierra’, my home.

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	 Opening Reception for "Medicine Cabinet" by Ben Hamburger
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception for "Medicine Cabinet" by Ben Hamburger


In Medicine Cabinet, painter Ben Hamburger presents a new series of figurative paintings and accompanying mixed media works. Large scale figures distorted within their canvas frames contemplate mental health, the effects of technology, and the endless pursuit for something more. Join us for the opening reception in Nicholson Gallery at the Arts Center as part of the 2nd Friday ArtWalk. 

Opening Reception: February 8th, 6-8pm

Exhibition Runs February 3rd-28th, 2019

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	 Opening Reception for Portraits by Telvin Wallace
Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception for Portraits by Telvin Wallace

Telvin Wallace in a Senior in the NCCU Department of Art who creates portraits.

"Art is a conduit for sharing thoughts and ideas. Our imagination has the power to change one’s perception of reality and open viewers to new ideas. Although society may not change in an instant by art, its insipid spread into the active part of our minds will stimulate creativity.

My work questions the enigmatic connotations of our reality by allowing the audience to peer through my lens and my perception of reality. I have the natural urge to create art from the inside out; to make visible the hidden feelings, attitudes, and functionings of everyday life that are influenced by illnesses or traumatic events. Without proper treatment, a person’s mental and physical health can fluctuate, causing substantial changes. These changes create a feeling of desolation that not only affects the individual in the composition, but also the world around them. This dystopia is the subject matter of my art.

I have two purposes in creating art. First, is to create art in order to externalize, process, and articulate my subject’s feelings. I feel that it’s the most effective way to investigate one’s internal feelings and reactions to their health, while also basing my own artwork on research. Typically when I approach my work, I sense a form of engagement between that which what I know and that which I hope to find - that between these two areas of desire stretches a zone of conflict, a place of anxiety to which Sigmund Freud refers. The result is an image that transcends the original idea, while taking on a life of its own. I use my personal and heartfelt work as a cathartic release. Art helps me discover me, and I hope that it helps my audience do the same. My work brings me closer to finding my sense of self, emotions, thoughts, and feelings associated with physical and mental health. My second purpose is to educate others and attempt to cultivate empathy, regarding the challenges that people face and endure, surrounding health.

When I make a painting I am building a psychologically charged space. I usually start off with a few sketches that familiarize me with the problems I will encounter in the final work. My technique varies based on the content of my subject matter. Indirect methods appear and can be utilized at any time in the course of a paintings development. Look at the pentimento that we find in a Da Vinci, Titian, or Caravaggio painting. They repainted but still maintained the ultimate balance. Ultimately, I develop my own techniques to come up with a unique visual language and aesthetic."

Opening Reception: February 8th, 6-8pm
Exhibition Runs February 3rd-28th, 2019

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	 Ben Long Fresco Drawings from Montecassino
Feb
8
5:00 PM17:00

Ben Long Fresco Drawings from Montecassino

Please join us February 8 from 5- 8 for the opening of the exhibition of Benjamin F. Long IV’s fresco drawings from the abbey of Montecassino, Italy, painted in 1975. Long is an American art icon and major contributor to the body of artwork in the 20th and 21st centuries. His North Carolina frescoes are considered state treasures and draw thousands of pilgrims each year to experience his work. This collection of drawings reveal the precision and the subtlety of the artist’s process and gives the viewer the opportunity to witness living art history. Fresco is among the most ancient of arts and the most enduring. Unlike a mural, which is painted on the wall, fresco is the wall, having been painted into the wet plaster with slaked lime so that over time the images grow more vivid, essentially creating their own light from within. 

The exhibition runs from February 8 to March 31, 2019 at Galerie Pied-a-Terre and is being offered for sale as a collection. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday 11-6, Sunday from 12-5, and by appointment. We are happy to provide private and group showings for schools and groups interested in learning more about the artist and the process. 
Contact us at galeriepiedaterre@gmail.com and follow us on facebook @piedaterrecarrboro

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Screenprints by Kristen DeGree at Century Center in Carrboro
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Screenprints by Kristen DeGree at Century Center in Carrboro

Kristen DeGree is a printmaker and papermaker based in Durham. She will be showing recent work inspired both by winter landscapes and experimental silkscreen techniques completed during a recent artist residency at Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. 

Opening Reception: Friday, January 11th 6-9pm

Additional Receptions: February 8th 6-9pm, March 8th 6-9pm in conjunction with the 2nd Friday ArtWalk

Exhibition on display January through March 2019.

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 Marcela Slade Art Show! at This & That Gift Gallery
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Marcela Slade Art Show! at This & That Gift Gallery

Marcela Slade is a local Chapel Hill, third culture, multi-discipline Artist - Designer - Teacher. Remembering transitional times, this exhibition includes a series of paint on recycled doors, as well as other colorful acrylic canvas paintings. Categorizing her style as expressionism with an instrumentalist twist, Marcela's wonderful characters come from her personal life experiences, inspirations, and fascinations. Join us Friday to meet her and view this spectacular exhibit...you don't want to miss this one!

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Carry Croghan - Fiber Artist at WomanCraft Gifts
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Carry Croghan - Fiber Artist at WomanCraft Gifts

Come and meet Carry Croghan and learn about her holistic approach to fiber arts during WomanCraft’s 2nd Friday Artwalk celebration in January. Carry is featuring a selection of hand knitted “critters” – which she free forms. Each one is unique. Also featured will be baby booties, nesting balls made from natural materials and many other one-of-a-kind creations. Light refreshments will be served – so start the new year with the warm and cozy creations of Carry Croghan at WomanCraft!

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I Fixed It! Thrift Store Neon by Danielle James
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

I Fixed It! Thrift Store Neon by Danielle James

I Fixed It! Thrift Store Neon combines Danielle’s love of thrift shopping, humor and the practice of neon bending. Transforming discarded and often mass produced canvas art into something completely different and one of a kind. Using pop culture, satire and current events as inspiration Danielle uses the imagery already in the mass produced painting to inform the neon she will add. Because each thrift store painting is different and had its own set of designs, each neon element added is specific and each one offers a new challenge.

Danielle James is a neon artist living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She has her Masters of Fine Art from East Carolina University and her Bachelors of Fine Art from Millersville University in Lancaster Pennsylvania. Two years into her neon apprenticeship at Glas studios in Raleigh’s warehouse district she uses her current series of artwork mainly as a venue to practice bending glass. She is part of the SheBends collective of female neon benders and has exhibited her neon artwork at both The Midway in San Francisco, California and VAR WEST Gallery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Follow her neon work @D_J_neon
Follow her metals work @D_J_metal

Exhibition on display January 1-31.

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Aramis Collazo Sandoval at The Art Therapy Institute
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Aramis Collazo Sandoval at The Art Therapy Institute

Aramis Collazo Sandoval is a student at Chapel Hill High School. She has attended art therapy since June of 2017 to reduce stress and to have a place to discuss and look for solutions to problems that she has been facing while finding creative expression through art. “ I just start painting or drawing, without a plan, while talking about what is going on in my life.” She chose to leave all of her artwork untitled. Her artwork speaks for itself.

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Soft Collision: Mixed Media Collage by Linda Yankowsky at The ArtsCenter
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

Soft Collision: Mixed Media Collage by Linda Yankowsky at The ArtsCenter

“For me, making art is really about the process and feeling my way through a piece. I’m not trying to impart any message or to say anything super-specific with art; I want people to come away with their own ideas, feelings and interpretations when they look at my work.”

Exhibition on display January 1-31.

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New Year, New Look, New Dance at Ackland Art Museum
Jan
11
6:00 PM18:00

New Year, New Look, New Dance at Ackland Art Museum

Join us for an evening of art-inspired, site-specific dance performances choreographed by Heather Tatreau as part of the SITES 2018-2019 Experimental Art + Performance Series.

Drop in during the ArtWalk to wander through the contemporary and African galleries and discover how dance performance can enliven your experience of the Ackland Art Museum’s new installation, A New Look: The Permanent Collection Galleries Re-energized.

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ATI Family Show
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

ATI Family Show

Please join us for the 2nd Friday ArtWalk opening reception for an extra special art show -- featuring work by interpreters, ATI staff, board members, clinicians, and interns!

Our clients so often put their brave on and share themselves with us and the greater community, so we thought it was time for us to do the same. This show will be a great complement to the "Ask an Art Therapist Workshop" to be held the evening before, 12/13 6:30-8:30PM. 

This free event is part of the Carrboro/Chapel Hill 2nd Friday ArtWalk.

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An Evening on Art Collecting at Ackland Art Museum
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

An Evening on Art Collecting at Ackland Art Museum

Seasoned art collectors and those just starting out are invited to attend a lively “Evening on Art Collecting,” presented in connection with the Ackland’s current exhibition Birthday Presents, featuring sixty works of art gifted to the Museum in honor of its sixtieth anniversary. Have your burning art-collecting questions answered by area professionals—including local gallerists, auction house experts, and art advisors—at “Ask an Expert” stations around the Museum. At 7:30, join us for a dynamic conversation with two of Birthday Presents donors, Smith Freeman and Austin Scarlett, moderated by Lauren Turner. A pop-up print sale featuring UNC student artists will encourage visitors to start—or grow!—their art collections during the ArtWalk!

6-7:30 PM
Ask an Expert Tables:
– Natalie Knox, manager of Frank Gallery (Chapel Hill, NC)
– Michelle Gonzalez-Green, artist and owner of The584 (Durham, NC)
– Lauren Sanford, Prints & Multiples Director, Leland Little Auctions (Hillsborough, NC)
– Lauren Harkey, Art Advisor, Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy (Charlotte, NC)
– Lauren Turner, Assistant Curator for the Collection, Ackland Art Museum (UNC-Chapel Hill)

7:30 PM
Collectors’ Q+A:
– Smith Freeman & Austin Scarlett, collectors who have donated to Birthday Presents 
– Lauren Turner, Ackland Art Museum, moderator

6-9 PM
Pop-Up Print Sale:
– Printmakers (and more!) from the Student Art Majors Association of UNC-Chapel Hill

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Galore Store
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Galore Store

  • 149 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Galore is a student-run retail store that empowers the arts. We sell original artwork as well as student-produced products and goods. All profits directly benefit student artists as well as community-based based art initiatives. 

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The ArtsCenter's Holiday Group Show
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

The ArtsCenter's Holiday Group Show

The ArtsCenter’s Holiday Group Show

Opening Reception: Friday, December 14th
From 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lauren DeSerres, Proud Chicken Studio
Lauren works in acrylic paint on wood and prints. She explores themes of humor and nature in her work – from woodland creatures playing Bluegrass to vivid depictions of medicinal herbs and flowers. Lauren enjoys telling stories and making people laugh through her work.

Wayland House
The creation of woodblock prints; carved from veneer plywood. Each print is hand rubbed & printed on Asian printing paper. “The wood grain in the master plate gives my art its uniqueness in color variations & print tonality.” Subject Matter: * “The Aspirations & Dreams of Our Youth series” * “Spiritual Images” ** “West African Village Landscape Scenes” * * “Zodiac Symbolism” * Education: B.A. degree, Avila Univ., Kansas City, MO., M.F.A. degree, Howard Univ., Washington, D.C. Received a study grant in printmaking from the Univ. of Memphis, on location at the Univ. of Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Jade Wu
Jade Wu is originally from Beijing, and by way of a few places around the world, has happily found her home in Durham. Some of her favorite things are: wildlife, mountains, water, sun and stone, large kitchens, books, paper, wood, clay, cloth, dogs. Jade studied drawing at the Beijing Art Academy as a child, and later was introduced to acrylic and oil painting by Taiwanese artist Hank Ma during her teens. She has since developed her own styles in oil and watercolor, which emphasizes stillness in wildlife. Her work is primarily representational, with aesthetic influences from traditional Chinese painting, including the use of negative space, calligraphy, and minimalist compositions. She has exhibited in Beijing, Toronto, Ithaca, Boston, and Chapel Hill.

Maria Frati
Maria Frati creates relief woodcarvings inspired by natural elements. She is interested in representing personal narratives about regional environment. Maria has been an artist in residence for the National Parks System and the city of Gainesville, Florida. She earned an MA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and has exhibited artwork in Seattle, Baltimore, Portland, Maine and New York City.

John Harrison
From his early days holding the sticks and cadence of The Comas, John Harrison has grown into a consummate veteran of the N.C. scene. For over a decade now, he has helmed the lush and loud rock outfit North Elementary while helping hold the reins of Potluck Foundation, a far reaching collective of musicians who consistently turn out quality releases from a myriad of artists. More recently, Jphono1 has been a solo outlet for John that he uses to explore the quieter side of his sonic life and his passion for vivid, surreal visual arts through the medium of screen-printing.

Exhibition on display in the Nicholson and Corridor Galleries from December 1st – 21st.

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Joel Sobelson, Pastel Artist at This & That Gift Gallery
Dec
14
6:00 PM18:00

Joel Sobelson, Pastel Artist at This & That Gift Gallery

As an award winning Creative Director in the advertising industry, Joel Sobelson used his creativity for his clients. Upon retirement he decided to use his creativity for himself. He recognizes the private moments we all experience... when we find ourselves overcome by our hearts. And so his work strives to capture the emotional authenticity of these moments.

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Gingerbread and Burl at Galerie Pied-a-Terre
Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Gingerbread and Burl at Galerie Pied-a-Terre

Artist Janet Link creates gingerbread cookies that dazzle the eyes and delights the tastebuds. This is the first year they are available outside of her studio, so don't miss this opportunity to get these Christmas treats.

Tom Ogburn turns wood into beautiful and useful pieces, creating both artistry and utility. He uses both found wood and exotic wood he orders to craft bowls, grinders, ornaments, and much more, perfect gifts for anyone on your list.

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