Now that the Airborne Arctic Event has (hopefully) moved on, we should all be eager to get out of the house and back on the town again. In January, Durham's monthly Third Friday art walk is a little sparser than usual, but it still offers plenty of options to keep your feet moving and your blood pumping.
Many Durham galleries schedule opening receptions on Third Fridays, and this is no exception. The Scrap Exchange's Green Gallery opens a new show of book and letterpress art. Pleiades Gallery premieres the group show TransFORM, which features work by Pleiades artists such as photographer Jim Lee, mixed-media painter Kim Wheaton, jeweler Jena Matzen and painter Saba Barnard. Barnard also opens a solo show at The Carrack Modern Art: The Light, a series of portraits drawing on her experiences as a Muslim American woman.
In the SunTrust Gallery, the Durham Arts Council presents Silvia Heyden and Edith London: Together Again, featuring 30 new tapestries by Heyden and 30 works by the late painter and collagist London. Meanwhile, in the Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery, the DAC presents the sculptor and potter Cynthia Aldrich's The Still Life Reinterpreted. In Golden Belt's Room 100 Gallery, the Durham Art Guild presents Twisted Tongues, featuring drawings and poems by Jenny Eggleston. SPECTRE Arts offers Old Ghosts and Empty Archetypes, prints and drawings by William Booth Taylor, with music by the naturalist sound artist Feltbattery.
All of these events are free and open to the public. While most of them run from 6 to 9 p.m., there are exceptions, and it's advisable to check gallery websites to make sure you're not left out in the cold. —Brian Howe