Art exhibits and events during the First Friday Art Walk for June 2 in Raleigh.

17 feet away by Carmen Neely (mixed media painting and sculpture)
Lump, 505 S. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9pm, on view through July 1

Studio R.E.D. Summer Explosion of Color!
Studio R.E.D., 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., on view through June 30

A wonderful mix of materials, textures and styles from classical still life through modern interpretation of the human form to abstract impressions.

Livin’ Is Easy
Tipping Paint Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June

June is busting out all over! The artists of Tipping Paint Gallery present their artistic versions of the good old summertime.

Paintings & Drawings, by Caroline Coven, Mixed Media
Trophy Tap & Table, 225 S Wilmington St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

Coven is a local artist who focuses on the relationship between organic and geometric structures that enhance color and transparency. She strives to create harmony with conflicting elements.

VAE Raleigh, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., on view through June 22

“SCOPE” is a visual-art exhibition surveying various artists’ interpretation of the Southern landscape — the histories, cultures, people, political and societal landscapes that make the South as we see it and talk about it today.

Love Valley, Michaela O’Brien, contemporary and archival moving images, photographs, texts and objects
Litmus Gallery and Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June 21

Love Valley, a Western North Carolina settlement established in 1954, is examined through an assemblage of contemporary and archival moving images, photographs, texts and objects. Built upon its deceased founder’s boyhood dream of a cowboy haven, current residents must shape and reshape the township to keep their founder’s utopian aspiration alive.

Expect the Unexpected
Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9:30 p.m., on view through June 30

Local color artists delve into mixed media for their June show, repurposing and recycling found objects into new and exciting artwork. Come and see the transformation! Local Color offers the opportunity to meet and interact directly with the artists every First Friday.

PRECARIOUS EDIFICES, with Ashlynn Browning and Chieko Murasugi
Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 7 p.m., on view through July 21

“Warming Hut” by Chieko Murasugi.

“Abstraction is staggeringly radical, circumvents language and sidesteps naming or mere description.” — Jerry Saltz, American art critic

Abstraction isn’t easy. It can seem intimidating, unapproachable and nonsensical to the viewer, like a secret code known only by a few. We often expect to find connections between these compositions and the physical world. But what if we let go of this predilection? What if we see line, color and texture in the simplest terms and form? “Precarious Edifices” artists Ashlynn Browning and Chieko Murasugi create works that invite the viewer to stop and contemplate the placement of each mark.

PLAUSIBLE WORLDS video work by Shen Wei and Jaclyn Bowie
BLOCK2 Video Series, 239 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: On view for First Friday, starting at dusk until 3 a.m.

Shen Wei, “Dusk of the Harmonious Garden,” 2016, single-channel video, stereo sound, color 15:25 minutes,  Wei compels the viewer to be in the space and moment, taking notice of the subtle changes that take place over the passage of time.

Jaclyn Bowie, “Geij,” 2017, 720p HD video, stereo sound, color, 2:45 minutes, Bowie has created an imagined world with a focus on renewal and restoration to accompany the musical score by Tescon Pol, based on the orbital rotation of Jupiter’s moons. These imagined spaces welcome a pause from reality.

Pop Up + Process, by Brooke Heuts of Grey Goods Studio, handprinted and designed works on cloth and paper
Port of Raleigh, 416 S. McDowell St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June 30

Drawings and Paintings, by Leeanne Glace
Retro Modern Furnishings, 300 W. Hargett St., Suite 24
(Storefront on Dawson Street)
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m., on view through June

Glace is a professional artist and an art teacher at Envision Science Academy. Glace typically works with graphite and watercolor, creating realistic pieces for commission. Lately, she has been exploring abstract art with geometric shapes using multiple types of media, including encaustics, watercolor and micro-pens. She enjoys using encaustics (wax painting) the most by covering canvases and carving the wax into intricate, geometric patterns. Glace graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in art education in 2013.

Watercolors by Rick Bennett
MJH Gallery at United Arts, 410 Glenwood Ave.
(The entrance and parking lot are on Tucker Street.)
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m., on view through June

Come by our First Friday reception to see Bennett’s recent work, which explores the shapes, light and places of his home. A playful and contemporary application of watercolor is paired with an emotional attachment to his roots in the Coastal Southeast. Light hors d’oeuvres, beverages and art activities for all ages provided.

First Friday at CAM Raleigh
CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: Free admission 6 to 10 p.m.

Join us this First Friday for the soft opening of two fantastic new exhibitions and the final First Friday of Leonardo Drew’s installation. We invite you to explore the exhibitions; take tours led by our Middle School Docents; create something amazing in our exhibition-inspired Creation Station; and enjoy music, food trucks and more! We will also have a special exhibition in our lobby featuring bug-themed artwork created by students at Fuller Elementary School. Admission is free for everyone from 6 to 10pm.

June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. In connection with David Hess’ new exhibition, Gun Show, members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will be present to share information about their mission to reduce gun violence in the U.S. Lookout for these ladies wearing orange — the color of gun violence prevention. For more information about National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the #wearorange movement, visit

Exhibitions on view:

Dorian Lynde: No Damsel, on view May 28 to August 6

“No Damsel” by Los Angeles artist Dorian Lynde features a series of 10 murals of your favorite Princesses reimagined as 21st century urban women. No glass coffins or slippers, just street savvy women reclaiming femininity!

David Hess: Gun Show, on view May 28 to August 6

Gun Show by David Hess presents an installation of 38 mock assault rifle sculptures made of found objects. “This body of work is my personal awakening and response to the American obsession with weaponry and the abstraction of violence,” Hess said.

Leonardo Drew: site specific installation, on view through June 11

Brooklyn-based artist Leonardo Drew has created a site-specific installation in the main gallery using locally sourced, natural and man-made debris. The resulting sculptural experience references the turbulence and chaotic disarray caused by hurricanes in North Carolina.

All visitors have a chance to win a yearlong CAM membership! All you have to do to enter is drop your name and email in the raffle jar on your way into the Museum.

30th Anniversary Artists Retrospective
Artspace (Gallery One), 201 E. Davie St.
Special Gallery Tour: Noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, June 1
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m., Friday, June 2

Artspace is full-on “30th Anniversary Artists Retrospective” this First Friday, June 2. All of our galleries will be celebrating our past and current artists, as well as our artists from our residency programs.

Artspace 30th Anniversary Artists Retrospective events

Artspace “30th Anniversary Artists Retrospective” is a buildingwide exhibition that celebrates the strength of the artists at the heart of our organization. Multiple exhibitions feature current and former Artspace artist members and residency artists. These exhibitions present the history of our institution while demonstrating the ways that we continue to move forward.

  • 30th Anniversary Retrospective Juried Exhibition, April 21-June 3
  • 30th Anniversary Retrospective Corridor Exhibition, April 3-July 29
  • 30th Anniversary Residency Retrospective, May 19-June 24
  • Site-Specific Installation by Gabrielle Duggan, May 19-June 24
  • Artspace Satellite Exhibitions with Community Triangle Partners
    • Oami Powers, HQ Raleigh, 310 S. Harrington St., April 7 to June 24 (contact satellite locations for First Friday hours)

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