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“Art in the Evening” Series & Live Music Returns to NCMA

I don’t do this as often as I would like but I love the Friday night NCMA “Art in the Evening” series. It is a great opportunity to  wander the galleries in the West Building and share small plates with friends. Best of all you can chill with a glass of wine or beer and take in some really good live music.  Small plates and beverages, including wine, beer, and nonalcoholic options, are available for purchase. Full music schedule through August 2015 provided below. “Art in the Evening” runs from 5:30-8:30pm. For more information visit

Live music schedule:

June 5: David Dyer Trio

June 12: Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band

June 19: Sidecar Social Club (acoustic)

June 26: Peter Lamb and the Wolves (trio)

July 10: Onyx Club Boys

July 24: Tea Cup Gin

July 31: Peter Lamb and the Wolves (trio)

August 7: Onyx Club Boys

August 14: Tea Cup Gin

August 21: Sidecar Social Club (acoustic)

August 28: Peter Lamb and the Wolves (trio)

North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607

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First Friday Art at Brushstroke in Raleigh w/ Chriba Chirba & Nickelpoint Brewing


Photo Courtesy Felicia Perry Photography

On the First Friday of the month local artists are featured at galleries throughout Downtown Raleigh. It’s a time for the community to celebrate the local art culture and meet the creative people behind the work. This Friday from 6-9pm four great local artists will have their talents on display at Brushstroke Studio & Gallery.  Brushstroke is a working studio and art gallery located at located at 520 N. West Street in the Glenwood South District of Downtown Raleigh. On display will be paintings by acrylic artists, Susan Bolick, Shade Maret and Gail Scoggin; as well as photographs by Felicia Perry, which will include a series of photographs taken throughout North Carolina.

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Image Courtesy Artist Susan Bolick

The art alone is more than enough reason to come out, but if you need a little nudge out the door the amazing Chirba Chirba Dumpling Food Truck will also be parked at the gallery this Friday selling their famous dumplings. To help wash it down free beer is being provided by Raleigh’s own Nickelpoint Brewing Company. In addition to all this there will be a special giveaway by Midtown Grille. Brushstroke Studio is easy to get to from Peace Street and with free parking available in their lot. The gallery is also easily accessible via the R Line, stop R4 West Street. Hope to see you there!

First Friday at Brushstroke Studio & Gallery – February 6th 6-9pm
520 N. West Street – Raleigh, NC (map)
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Urban Artist Hosting Underground Exhibit in Durham ~ Friday Sept 19th

A one of kind exhibit of works by local artist Tony Waldron is scheduled for this Friday, September 19th at 8pm at 106 Main in Durham. Tony’s work has been shown in galleries around Durham and Raleigh; however this is his first solo exhibit. He wants to provide a totally unique experience for exhibiting his art. The space is not your typical white walled gallery and will provide the perfect setting for viewing his latest works. The exhibit space will only be open to the public for 3 hours before the lights go dim.

This show will take you underground into Tony’s world of art. It will feature five new pieces that have never before been seen by the public, in a space that has not been open to the public for 40 years. For one night only, the owner of 106 Main will open a 123 year old underground room that has been transformed into an exhibit space. Each piece of art will feature a custom built installation that will enhance the viewing experience, and is designed to stimulate your senses and set your mind racing with thoughts and emotions. Come for the experience, but stay for the party.

Continue your Third Friday festivities at street level in the main bar space. 106 Main is a throwback bar reminiscent of times past. The drinks here are made and served with pride, using nothing but the finest ingredients. This place has a great atmosphere and good vibes to spare. If you’ve never been here, this may just be the chill local bar you’ve always been looking for.

“It’s Coming” Exhibit by local Arties Tony Waldron
106 Main St. Durham, NC 27701
One night only, Friday September 19th
Show hours 8pm – 11pm; Art Party hours 8pm – 2am

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Support the Triangle’s Creative Community!

I have a favor to ask. My friends over at Triangle ArtWorks are one of three finalist for Triangle Community Foundation’s (TCF) “What Matters” Innovation Award  and they need your vote!

Triangle ArtWorks provides the services, support and resources necessary to cultivate and ensure a vibrant creative community in the Triangle. Earning the TCF “What Matters” award will help provide funds for them to continue this important work and provide them with some very well deserved and valuable exposure. To learn more about Triangle ArtWorks and the breadth of its mission and programs, visit their site here.

The TCF “What Matters Award” recognizes organizations that serve and advocate, build networks within the community, and inspire others to get involved with creating lasting, large scale social change in the Triangle region. For more information visit their website.

Vote all Week!
Voting starts today, Monday March 17 and ends at midnight on Sunday March 23rd.  Please also share this link on your social networks and encourage your friends to vote for ArtWorks every day! You can vote once a day, per device .

More About Triangle ArtWorks
When it comes to arts and culture, ArtWorks is simply doing the most innovative work in the Triangle.  They are changing the way the arts business works, making it more collaborative, and more of a player in the regional business community by providing the business resources, network and advocacy it needs to be more financially sustainable.  A stronger arts community makes the Triangle a more vibrant and creative place to live, work and start companies.

Please join me by supporting Triangle ArtWorks and VOTE.




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RAW: Natural Born Artists “Awakenings” Local Artist Showcase

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Earlier this month I attended an event organized by Raleigh chapter of RAW:natural born artists. The RAW “Awakenings” event showcased 30 great local indie talents in Raleigh with a fun filled night of art, music and fashion at the Lincoln Theater.

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RAW’s mission is to provide up-and-coming artists of all creative realms with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity so that they might be seen, heard and loved. RAW events are multi-faceted artistic showcases. Each event features a film screening, musical performance, fashion show, art gallery, performance art and a featured hairstylist and makeup artist. These artists are all local, hand-picked talent who have been chosen to feature at RAW.

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This was my first visit to the Lincoln Theater and I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I found it to be a great venue for such a cultural event. Artists had their paintings, photos, and handmade jewelry on display throughout the club while models, dancers, and musicians shared their talents from the main stage. The crowd circulated and mingled throughout the club and the upper mezzanaine provided a birds eye view of all the action.

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I had fun mingling and chatting with many of the artists with work on display. RAW’s work to highlight the creative talent of Raleigh helps provide them with the resources and exposure to provide a creative atmosphere where artists can find opportunities to take their talent to the next level. With such great turnout I think this is a great way for local talent to help get their work and name out there.

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If you are a local artist looking to join a future Raw showcase submissions are now being accepted for their April 30th SPECTRUM show.  To see additional photos from the February RAW Awakening event check out this great set of photos from the official Raleigh Raw photographer Leigh Moose.

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twitter: @RaleighRaw


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