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Art After Dark 2nd Friday Fuquay-Varina

Second Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.

Art walk; also Holly Springs.

phone 919-552-7533

Wake Forest Art After Hours

Second Friday of every month, 5-9 p.m.

Receptions & extended hours at downtown galleries.

phone 919-556-2911

First Friday Raleigh

First Fridays

Triangle cities seldom feel livelier than on their monthly Friday night art walks, when galleries lure in pedestrians with free booze, cheese plates, hobnobbing and—what am I forgetting?—oh yeah, art. This Friday in Raleigh, Lump displays Thad Kellstadt's Range Life, colorful paintings of an alien Midwest. Local Color Gallery presents Art of Spring, mixed media work by 14 female artists. Blake Street Shops & Studios has various offerings including Image and Imagination, which features Zac Bender's fantastical paintings, Maria O'Farrell's nature photography and Blaine Willis' acrylics. Artspace shows multimedia artist Jaclyn Bowie's Fabricating Disaster, while VanNess & Fellows Tattoo Boutique offers Zach Brown's Shadow-play: Dark Narrations and Portraits in Infamy in oils and colored pencils. The Mahler Fine Art promises Inner Harmony ...Learning from the Buddhist Spirit, Jon Kolkin's palladium prints of Buddhist monks and nuns. Adam Cave Fine Art has a new show of rural landscapes by oil painter Joseph Cave. CAM Raleigh continues to show off work by 2014 NC Arts Council Fellows, while Nicole's Studio and Art Gallery features The Human Touch, spotlighting painters Nicole Kennedy and Dan Beck. Off the beaten path, Historic Oakwood Cemetery inaugurates First Friday Night Flashlight Walks, hourlong walking tours of famous graves. Pre-register and bring your own flashlight. Most galleries open at 6 p.m., but times do vary. Check your destination of interest's website for details. —Brian Howe

Third Friday Art Night

Third Friday of every month

If you still think Durham has a sleepy gallery scene, then you need to wake up. Last Third Friday I hit seven shows and still missed things I wanted to see.

Pleiades Gallery opens a social justice exhibit called Truth to Power, which builds off Moral Mondays fervor. Guest-juried by state Sen. Mike Woodard, the community exhibition includes work by 39 artists and addresses issues of gun violence and women's reproductive rights. But also hit the Durham Art Guild Members' Showcase at the Durham Arts Council; the non-juried show might be the biggest yet from DAG, with more than 90 works on the SunTrust Gallery walls.

Next, head to the Bull City Arts Collaborative, which hosts an opening reception for Stephanie Nowotarski's Input/Output show. A biologist and an artist, Nowotarski embodies the scientific method's definition of experimentalism. And don't forget to duck into Through This Lens if you haven't seen Dan Herrera's fantastic steampunk gum bichromate prints.

Scoot down Main Street to Spectre Arts to catch Charles Chace's mixed-media work and sound installation, Where the Divine Happens, then duck into Golden Belt's Studio 123 for Art From Abstract to Zoology, which takes nature and wildlife imagery as a point of departure to other aesthetic destinations. Finally, head to the Green Gallery at Scrap Exchange for Signed, Sealed, Delivered, a show devoted to mail art that promises to take eclecticism to a higher plane, all within the confines of an envelope. —Chris Vitiello


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