Ariyah April

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Ariyah April is the co-chair of the Durham Art Guild Member Services Committee and a member of the board.

The third Friday of every month promises high-traffic in Durham as art enthusiasts grace more than a dozen exhibit openings across town. Golden Belt has been a prime stop on Third Fridays, as this Main Street collection of studios is known for the high caliber of artists working from there.

This week (June 16), the Third Friday Art Walk promises another stellar showing. In addition to Golden Belt’s studio artists, four of the artists hosting one-night only pop-up shows are: Edith Grey, Cynelsa Broderick, Nate Key and myself.

These shows, plus the resident artists at Golden Belt, are free and open to the public. Stop by between 6 and 9 p.m.

Here are details about each artist and show to whet your appetite:

“#Sexynotsilent” – Edith Grey | Suite 118

“#Sexynotsilent” is a project by artist Edith Grey that strives to convey the strength, beauty and struggle of women of color. “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. Learn more about Edith Grey at edithgreydesigns.com and @edith_grey on Instagram. 

“Queers in Nature” – Ariyah April | Suite 103

Ariyah April brings an original photography series, “Queers in Nature,” from the Catskills to Durham. As an artist-in-residence at the Freehold Artist Exchange in 2015, she shot these photographs exploring the idea that being queer is natural; just a dozen queer-identified folks, being themselves, in the verdant but remote environs of the Catskill Mountains. This work featuring marginalized members of society – here, visible and unafraid to be seen – is being shown for the first time in North Carolina at this pop-up show. Learn more at ariyahfineart.com and @ariyahapril on Instagram. 

“Letters, Locks and Lyrics” – Cynelsa Broderick + Nate Key | Suite 131

“Letters, Locks and Lyrics” is a joint collaboration between artists Cynelsa Broderick and Nate Key. Individual works of each artist will be on display featuring themes of typography and natural hair, connected through lettering and musical lyrics. In addition, brand new pieces that merge the similar artistic styles and subject matters of both Broderick and Key will be shown for the first time. More artwork and information can be found on their websites, seewhy-designs.com and natekey.com, and @seewhyNELSA and @natekeyart on Instagram. 

We hope to see you at Golden Belt for the upcoming Third Friday festivities. All are welcome.

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