Art exhibits and events during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on July 14 in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Opening Reception for Paperhand Puppet’s The Masks of a Movement
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through July 31

Puppetry, masks and insurrection have been woven into the tapestry of the human experience since the beginning. We strive to carry on this rich tradition with our art and activism. Using dance, movement, story, song, giant puppets, painted cardboard and much more, Paperhand seeks to shift the status quo from sleeping and numbing to one of awakening and creative engagement. Come by the ArtsCenter during July and get an up-close look at some of the magical creations by this celebrated and award-winning troupe based in Saxapahaw, North Carolina.

Opening Reception for Onica Gaddis
The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through July 31

Gaddis calls his painting “Spiritual Expressionism,” which describes his work in general terms, but merely touches at describing the depth and breadth of where his paintings come from. Gaddis works on canvas, paper and wood, using primarily acrylics. His brilliantly colored abstracts are characterized by somewhat haunting images of faces and figures, restless, gestural lines and layers, plus semi-hidden landscapes, perhaps a synthesis of his explorations with portraiture, landscape and abstract studies. When looking at any of his paintings over time, the viewer will discover forms and figures that seem to remain in an ever-changing process of moving and settling and coming into definition.

Helen Buiskool of Studio 200 Paintings
Dwell Real Estate, 407 W. Weaver St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Helen Buiskool of Studio 200 will be displaying some of her work at Dwell Real Estate. Her paintings include both representational and abstract styles, and are often inspired by the natural world around her.

The Elegant Line: Sudie Rakusin & Susan Filley – and – Consignor Invitational
FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through Aug. 5

Rakusin celebrates line in her mixed media abstract works; Filley creates graceful forms in clay.

Also featured in July, six artists who share a sense of whimsy and color in their individual bodies of work. The artists whose work will be showcased at FRANK this month include ceramicists Carmen Elliott and Cathy Kiffney; textile artist Elaine O’Neil; painters Henryk Fantazos, Anne Gregory and Rosie Thompson; and jeweler Rebecca Neigher.

Reception at NC Crafts Gallery for Jacqueline Mehring, Punch Needle Art
NC Crafts Gallery, 212 W. Main St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Punch Needle Art by Jacqueline Mehring of Burlington: Punch Needle is a form of embroidery that uses a hollow needle to create loops of thread on fabric. Also known as thread painting for the complexity and texture of design that can be created with this technique, it creates a textured pile surface akin to a miniature version of a hooked rug.

Between Spaces by Jamie McPhail
Perch Studios, 106 South Greensboro St., Suite E, Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m.

Three Triangle Visual Artists
This & That Gallery, 118 E. Main St., Carrboro
2nd Friday reception: 7 to 9 p.m.

Kathy Alderman, an Alamance County painter; Natalie Boorman, a Chapel Hill potter; and David Taylor, a Chapel Hill painter, collaborate on a show of new works.

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