Another busy Third Friday Durham is on tap for March 17 at the Durham Arts Council! Our monthly arts night will feature two fiber art exhibits opening in Allenton and Semans Gallery, with corresponding demonstrations, artist talk, craft activities, and interactive displays. We’re also delighted to welcome North Carolina Public Allies for a pop-up art gallery of work by middle school student artists in the DAC Pavilion. And yet more exhibits will be opening in the upstairs Ella Fountain Pratt Gallery, and the Durham Art Guild’s Suntrust Gallery. Cap off your visit with music and refreshments in the Pavilion, and you’re well on your way to a festive St. Pat’s Day!
In our Allenton Gallery, catch “Peace of Mind,” art quilts by Christine Hager-Braun, a fiber artist whose work is marked with a sense of serenity and hope – Hager-Braun will be giving an artist talk during the reception. Upstairs in the Semans Gallery, the fiber theme continues with “Filaments of the Imagination” a group show by Threads, a textile study collaborative in which work style, conceptual approach and creative process vary widely. Present member interests include quilting, shibori, indigo dyeing, weaving, beading, book making, silk painting, mixed media and embroidery. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with some of the textile materials on display (keeping hands OFF the actual artwork, tempting though it may seem!)
Young local artists will be in the spotlight in the DAC Pavilion, as North Carolina Public Allies show off the work of middle school students participating in their “Smarts and Arts” youth enrichment program. North Carolina Public Allies is a non-profit AmeriCorps organization devoted to community service – the student artwork on display will focus on the core values of NCPA.
Artist Rachel Campbell, an Emerging Artist Program grant recipient, will be on hand for the opening of “Stories from the Heartland,” her exhibit of urban landscape paintings that are simultaneously evocative and grounded in the everyday – view “Stories from the Heartland” in the upstairs Ella Fountain Pratt Gallery. New work will also be on view in the SunTrust Gallery, as the Durham Art Guild presents their “Swing into Spring” showcase – catch a sneak preview of work up for auction before their big April 1 fundraising event! And tap your foot to the tunes of Tad Smith, whose live bluegrass music will be featured once again in the DAC Pavilion. Sláinte to you, art lovers!