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