Art exhibits and events during the Third Friday Art Walk on July 21 in Durham.

A Cat-like Whimsy, by Rio Aubry Taylor
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 August 8

The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free artmaking in the Make and Take. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.

Rio Aubry Taylor is a multidisciplinary cartoonist specializing in abstracted narrative and experimental comics. She possesses an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and critics have referred to her as “the trippiest of the CCS cartoonists.” Her work has been published by the Swedish Comics Association and The National Cartoonists Society, among others. Taylor’s work has been featured alongside such comic luminaries as Alison Bechdel, Lynda Barry and Art Spiegelman. Her current long-form project, “JETTY,” is an ongoing work of brutal psychedelia focusing on transgender issues through an intersectional feminist lens.

“A Cat-like Whimsy” consists of mixed media drawings on repurposed materials that reflect the whimsical interests and core aspects of the artist’s personality. As a transidentified Latina person, Taylor’s work demonstrates a pre-Columbian influence and highlights the connection to her heritage and attitudes toward gender.

Empower Dance Studio, 109 West Parrish Street, Durham
Third Friday reception: 6:30 to 9 p.m.; on view until August 16

#Sexynotsilent strives to convey the strength, beauty, and struggle of women of color. Over the years, the word “sexy” has been used to objectify women, stripping them of their intellect, accomplishments, and suppressing their struggle. #Sexynotsilent redefines what sexy looks like by highlighting women of color who embrace their struggle against systems, stigma, and mental or physical illness without negating their sexuality.

Threading Colors and Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
Third Friday reception: 5 to 7 p.m.

In the Semans gallery, “Threading Colors” highlights the work of painter and fiber artist Nora Phillips. Her use of thread and paint results in flowing, organic, quasi-3D works.

In the Allenton gallery, “Thirty Paintings in Thirty Days” is the painting experiment of Chieko Murasugi, displaying the 30 paintings she created over the course of 30 days, making one painting per day.

This reception is free and open to the public. Guests will be able to enjoy live music from Leah Kaufman and Mary Rocap. A children’s craft table and light refreshments will be provided.

Also at DAC: “Small to large: delight in the practice of painting”, is on display in the Ella Fountain Pratt Gallery, showcasing the paintings of Margie Stewart, the 1998 Ella Fountain Pratt emerging artist recipient.

Wearing Out the Sweats, new drawings by Tedd Anderson
Durham Art Guild, Room 100 Gallery at Golden Belt, 807 E. Main St.
Third Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through July 26

Reconstructing Existence: I Create Therefore I Am, collaborative exhibition of new installation work by Jan-Ru Wan and Megan Bostic
Durham Art Guild, SunTrust Gallery at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham
Third Friday reception: 5 to 8 p.m., (interactive dance/music performance from 7:15 to 8 p.m.), on view through August 12

POP Up! Artists at Golden Belt
Golden Belt Arts, 807 E Main St.
Third Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Join us for a Third Friday opening Crawl at Golden Belt Artist Studios. We are a group of more than 40 visual artists working in Bldg 3 at Golden Belt.

The Artists at Golden Belt are mixing things up this month with a wide range of creativity works in five new pop-up shows by artists: Freedom Clay, Sufia Doucet, Susan Massey, Holly Taylor, Gem Ynii. Stephen Hayes is the Durham Art Guild Artist in Residence in Studio 119.

New to the Crew – GB Studio Artist is Anna Sircar, who is now creating works on paper. You can find her in Studio 129. She joins the regulars, such as Linda Bailey, Madelyn Smoak, J’Nai Willingham, Chieko Murasugi, Chad Hughes, Christine Amory Long, Beth Mann and Matt Tomko, just to name a few.

This month, artist Tedd Anderson is the feature artist in Room 100 (the center gallery) with a drawing installation.

Truth to Power 5
Pleiades Arts, 109 E. Chapel Hill St.
Third Friday reception and open-mic event: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through August 6

Please join us for our fifth annual juried art exhibit on issues of social justice at local, national and global levels. Over 30 North Carolina artists are represented in this exhibit, juried by Pedro Lasch of Duke University.

Blind Man’s Bluff: Luke Barker Artist Reception at Runaway
Runaway Gallery, 212 W. Main St.
Third Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

DJ Nevy will be spinning the whole night. Luke Barker is a graphic and motion designer from Chapel Hill. He began experimenting with design in high school, creating a series of innovative clothing brands. Since then, he has worked for companies in North Carolina, New York, Los Angeles, and, most recently, he has returned from London. Barker works on 2-D animation, poster and print design/illustration, and branding projects. This exhibition will feature his poster and illustration work.

Go Play: Dickie Cox & Mike Richison
SPECTRE ARTS, 1004 Morning Glory Ave.
Third Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through August 4

Queering: Portraits by Sass.Art
The Carrack, 947 E. Main St., Durham
Third Friday reception: 7 to 10 p.m.; on view until July 23

Sass.Art uses light, color, and fabric to create installations that visually represent what queerness feels like to her – vibrant, beautiful, other. She places people within these queered space and covers their faces in oil. Light and color reflect and attach onto the subject, blurring the boundaries between form and space. She documents the experience and then paints the resulting image on engineered wood, confronting the viewer with each subject’s larger than life presence. The results are powerful, vivacious portraits that invite you to connect + feel.


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