Art exhibits and events during the Third Friday Art Walk on February 17 in Durham.

SPECIMEN: A Collection of Plant Artistry, by Aisha Sanders
Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange, The Shoppes at Lakewood, 2050 Chapel Hill Road
Third Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through March 11

This installation promises to draw visitors deeper into the fascinating world of plants. Living-art designer Aisha Sanders assists viewers in experiencing the artistic nature of plants by individually displaying and framing plant specimens. The upcycled “frames” are art pieces in themselves, but will serve as the backdrop to highlighting some truly amazing natural masterpieces.

Third Friday at Empower Dance Studio
Empower Dance Studio, 109 W. Parrish St.
Third Friday event: 6 to 9 p.m.

Join Empower Dance Studio Friday night for a Third Friday event featuring Artist Candy Carver, playwright Howard Craft and dance performances by Anti-Retrograde.

Playwright Howard Craft.

Candy Carver will showcase newer works created to “inspire us to persevere and appreciate our journey,” she says.

Playwright Howard Craft will read a scene and discuss his upcoming production, “The Miraculous and the Mundane,” which opens at Manbites Dog Theater March 23.

Anti-Retrograde’s performance will be a response to all the recent events that have occurred, and in addition to that, it will also speak for those who cannot and respect all those who have come before us and helped us get where we are now.

Moor and Moon by Mary Walker: Bold, minimalist print pieces taking inspiration from three different works of dance
Durham Arts Council, Allenton Gallery, 120 Morris St.
Third Friday reception: on view through March 10

Macondo: A Journey Through Magic Realism a group show by Artist Studio Project
Durham Arts Council, Semans Gallery, 120 Morris St.
Third Friday reception: Gallery open to the public until 9 p.m. Feb. 17, for Third Friday. On view through March 10

A multimedia exhibit featuring the work of 12 artists responding to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s literary masterpiece “100 Years of Solitude” in honor of the 50th anniversary of its publication. Curated by Rafael A. Osuba.

Daily Bred, by Stephen Hayes
Durham Art Guild, Room 100 Gallery at Golden Belt, 807 E. Main St., Durham
Third Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through March 5

The Durham Art Guild presents “Daily Bred” featuring a new mixed media works by DAG member artist Stephen Hayes.

Sense of Scene, by Jenny Blazing, Laura Yi Zhen Chen, Melinda Fine and Rosie G. Thompson, mixed media
Durham Art Guild, SunTrust Gallery at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham
Third Friday reception: 5 to 7 p.m., on view through March 11

The Durham Art Guild presents “Sense of Scene,” featuring new works by DAG member artists Jenny Blazing, Laura Yi Zhen Chen, Melinda Fine and Rosie G. Thompson. Their bodies of work explore unique forms of scenery through differing techniques and subjects.

Sabungeros (Cockfighters) by Douglas Vuncannon, black and white photographs
Through This Lens, 303 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham
Third Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through March 11

Douglas Vuncannon’s new show depicts cockfighting in the Philippines. Cockfighting is a thriving, and legal, pastime in the Philippines, but Vuncannon’s photographs focus on illegal, open-air dirt pits. The body of work provides a personal and often touching portrait of the lives of the sabungeros, while raising questions about animal cruelty, violence, and the effect of this pastime on impoverished communities.

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