First Friday in Raleigh is this week!

Artspace 13th Annual Collectors Gala Artwork Preview!
Artspace
, 201 E. Davie St.
Room: Gallery 1 and Gallery 2
First Friday reception: 7 to 10 p.m.; free admission.

Join us for a First Friday preview of the live and silent auction artworks for the upcoming 13th Annual Collectors Gala! The preview spotlights artwork from more than 80 local artists. Bidding opens for the Silent Auction at 7 p.m., and First Friday guests are encouraged to vote for the fifth annual People’s Choice award from the Live Auction artwork. Tickets to the Collectors Gala are available for purchase at Artspace and online. The Collectors Gala will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, and proceeds raised benefit artists, exhibitions, education programming and community outreach.

“Resound,” works by Linda Ruth Dickinson
Artspace,
201 E. Davie St.
Room: Upfront Gallery
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through November 29.

Linda Ruth Dickinson, a long-time Artspace studio artist, exhibits a new series exploring the relationship between the visible world and the mind’s eye. Many of her paintings display a desire to visualize horizonscapes of reductive expanses. With vivid, radiating hues, the paintings refer to landscapes and the nature of optics, but the new series is more ethereal while referencing the mark-making process.

“Rock Glitterati,” works by Cat Manolis
Artspace, 201 E. Davie St.
Room: Lobby Gallery
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through November 29.

Cat Manolis often challenges status quo with satirical commentary on contemporary issues and popular culture in her mixed media paintings. While retaining an eye-catching blend of shine and pattern, her portraits of rock greats were inspired by classes she taught adults at Artspace. Manolis will offer another adult class (21+) on Nov. 13, Glitterati & Wine, from 6-9 p.m. A fun-filled night of making dazzling self-portraits out of glitter while enjoying wine!

High Cotton second annual Collegiate Paisley Design Contest, featuring the eight finalists and their paisley designs
High Cotton Showroom
, 19 W. Hargett St., Suite 100
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through January 9.

All eight finalists are current students in the N.C. State University College of Design and the NCSU College of Textiles. Come place a vote for your favorite artist! The winning design will be made into fabric and bow ties for our spring 2015 line.

“Lay of the Land”
Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery
, 719 N. Person St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8:30 p.m.; on view through November 29.

Nicole’s studio presents “Lay of the Land,” featuring three premiere contemporary impressionists from local award-winning to nationally recognized artists. John Poon of Utah, Rick McClure of Oklahoma and local favorite Pamela Berger share with the public a breathtaking array of landscapes that showcase their impeccable artistry and eye for the natural beauty that surrounds us.

Carol Joy Shannon, “This Land… Our Land… A Large Collection of Cityscapes”
311 Gallery
, 311 West Martin St.
First Friday Reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through November 29.

“Southern City: New paintings of Raleigh in 2014,” featuring Will Goodyear, David Shingler and Jimmy Craig Womble
Adam Cave Fine Art
, 115-1/2 E. Hargett St., Second Floor
First Friday Reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through November 12.

“Colors Rising,” featuring Milton Carson III, Dominique Carter, Nathan Evans, Ellen Gamble, Marty Mathews and Juliana Rodriguez
Blake Street Shops + Studios
, 300 Blake St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through November 28.

Featuring Artists of Blam!
Blam! Studios
, 301 Kinsey St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m.; on view through December 5.

“SOCAL 1978,” featuring Paul Friedrich
Designbox
, 307 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through November 28.

New Still Life Oils by Bert Beirne
Gallery C
, 540 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through November 30.

Anne Wall Thomas Retrospective 1945-2014, a 69-year survey of the Chapel Hill artist’s work
Lee Hansley Gallery
, 225 Glenwood Ave.
First Friday reception: 6 to 10 p.m.; on view through November 22.

LGBT Center of Raleigh First Friday Program presents Fiona Siobhan
LGBT Center of Raleigh
, 324 S. Harrington St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; on view through November 30.

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014 paintings, mixed media, photographs and sculptures from over 20 artists
Litmus Gallery & Studios
, 312 W. Cabarrus St.
First Friday closing reception: 6 to 9 p.m.; one night only.

The Mahler Welcomes painter Micah Mullen
The Mahler Fine Art
, 228 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

“Backwards and Forwards, Metal Work by Mary Catherine Floyd”
The Morning Times Gallery
, 10 E. Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 11 p.m.; on view through November 30.

Nora & Nicky’s First Friday, Paintings by Cynthia Viola: Enjoy an evening of wine, local art and fashion with Nora & Nicky’s!
Nora & Nicky’s downtown
, 104 West Hargett St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

First Friday with Lonnie Walker, Big Boss Brewing and Amigosan Food Truck
Oak City Cycling Project
, 212 E. Franklin St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 10 p.m.; on view through December 31.
Afterparty: Person Street Bar

Bob Dumas photography
The Oxford
, 319-105 Fayetteville St.
First Friday reception: 5 to 10 p.m.; on view through December 31.

“Stained Glass,” featuring paintings by Breanna Ponzi and Windy Lampson
Trinity Gallery
, 549 N. Blount St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m.

First Friday event will feature two-dimensional work in mixed media and cut paper pieces by Ingrid Erikson and sculptures by Juanita Greenspan and bluegrass music by Charles Pettee
United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County
, 410 Glenwood Ave., Suite 170
First Friday reception: 6 to 8 p.m.; on view through November 31.

Young Artist Exhibit: The 26th Annual Young Artists Exhibit will feature artwork from some of the most talented up-and-coming artists: elementary, middle and high school students from across Wake County!
Visual Art Exchange
, 309 W. Martin St.
First Friday reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Middle and high school: on view through November 20 at VAE; elementary school: on view through January 5 at Marbles Kids Museum.

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