The first group of exhibits are at Artspace, with media ranging from photography to felt. The exhibit Twenty-Five by former photojournalist John Loomis is on display in the Artspace lobby. Celebrating his 25th birthday, the exhibit punctuates Loomis' career by highlighting black and white as well as color photos from his private documentary projects and from his 10 years working and traveling throughout the Americas. One of the color photos in the exhibit, "Scared of the Water," depicts a man lying flat on his back at the beach, surrendering to the sun. A frightened child lies on his belly, clinging to him so as not to touch the wetness below. Check out Loomis' online magazine, Blue Eyes Magazine, at www.blueeyesmagazine.com .
At McRay Studios, Jazzmobile features paintings and collages by Eric McRay. The show includes works such as splattered-color paintings of jazz musicians and runs through Nov. 30 at Artspace's Studio 205 . Visit www.mcraystudios.com/events/nov04.htm or call 838-0755.
Also, in ArtSpace's Upfront Gallery is Construction, Collages & Color by Rachel Nicholson, a Meredith College graduate who creates work in handmade felt. "Wee Souls" depicts various colorful, baby-like faces of handmade fibers, peering from individual beds of white and all backed by a darker ocean of color. Both this and Twenty-Five will run through Nov. 27.
Finally, Artspace hosts a black-tie event for all art-collectors with its fifth annual fundraiser Collectors Gala: Annual Dinner and Art Auction. Set to the music of the violin and viola duet Foscoe Philharmonic, the evening takes off on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Drink cocktails with the artists from 6 to 7 p.m., enjoy a sit-down dinner by Mitchell's Catering at 7 p.m., and end the evening with a live art auction featuring work from some of Artspace's premier artists. A preview of the work to be auctioned is available online at www.artspacenc.org, as well as in person at the gallery Thursday, Nov. 18 and Friday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call 821-2787.
All above events at Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. 821-2787 or www.artspacenc.org.
At Firefly , owner Ashley Worley displays her own work for a change. Funded through the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, Think I'll Write a Book Titled, "Rose-Colored Glasses" is a dedication to Worley's mother, who died at age 52 due to alcoholism. The book of monoprints represents the difficulties and emotional hardships she and her family endured throughout her mother's struggle. These works on paper include collages of family photographs of her mother layered with passages from Ashley's personal journal, notes and letters, and patterned fabric. The show has parallel meanings, expressing the conflicts buried in everyone's personal life using this one family's story. Think I'll Write runs through Nov. 22. 605 Glennwood Ave., Raleigh. 821-4536 or www.fireflync.com .
Celebrating the upcoming holiday season, Holiday Exhibit opens at ArtSource Fine Art Gallery on Thursday, Nov. 18 with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The show runs through Jan. 1. Five Points Village, 509-105 W. Whitaker Mill Road, Raleigh. 833-0013 or www.artsource-raleigh.com .
Exhibits emphasizing form will open at two Raleigh universities, including Whata Relief at the NCSU College of Design's Department of Art & Design. The exhibit is a wall sculpture by 11 faculty members from the UNC system and runs through Dec. 4 at Brooks Hall Gallery . Pullen Drive, Raleigh. For more information, call 515-8315.
At Meredith College, the Art Department presents Multiple Perspectives by Kathleen Rieder. This perspective-boggling installation challenges visitors to "seek wisdom through the metaphorical escape of limitations and boundaries." Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery , 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 760-8332 or www.meredith.edu/artgallery .
In Chapel Hill, Caffe Driade Gallery exhibits Diagonal Dolphin by hollin norwood & Jorge, which includes photographs, drawings and etchings in canvas. See examples of their work at www.thevivaldis.com/dolphinthumbs.htm . The show runs through Nov. 30. 1215-A E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 942-2333 or www.caffedriade.com .
In Carrboro, the Open Eye Cafe Gallery displays Thomas Michaels' watercolors, tattoo art and photography. 100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 968-9410 or www.openeyecafe.com .
At Branch Gallery , check out White Diamonds , a collection of sculptures and textiles by resident artist Amanda Barr. Barr repeats a series of symbols throughout the body of her work, including the ginkgo leaf, a pink cloud, diamonds and squirrels. Show runs through Dec. 4. 205 W. Weaver St., Carrboro. 918-1116 or www.branchgallery.com .
Finally, the Durham Art Guild hosts its 50th annual Juried Art Show through Dec. 16. This year's juror is Carrie Przybilla, Adjunct Curator of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Ga. 120 Morris St., Durham. 560-2713 or www.durhamartguild.org . x