Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.
What would you do if you recognized you have an abundance of talented artists as friends and you knew there was an interesting available space nearby that was sitting empty and unused? If you’re Breshnaa Zalal and Mandy Tamplin you put your heads together and create Pop Up Art Raleigh, a month long gallery event that will feature artists from North Carolina and beyond in the historic Melrose Knitting Mill, just above Babylon restaurant in downtown Raleigh.
Pop Up Art Raleigh will feature visual works of art that include contemporary and abstract paintings, illustrations, photography, handcrafted photo mosaics, metal work sculptures, exotic pottery and wood work artistry. Several Raleigh based artist pieces will be on display including those of Clark Hipolito, Christopher Wilson, Paul Friedrich, André Leon Gray, Bob Batura, Raleigh LaRoche, Marriott Little, Marsha Owen and Matt McConnell.
True to its “pop up” nature (and the logo), the show will also feature toast-themed décor and home accessories, toasty treats and weekly “jam” sessions (sweet!). Open Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 31, the regular gallery hours will be Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 am to 6 pm. Weekly special events and updates will be posted on the Pop Up Art Raleigh website. This Friday (May 2nd, First Friday in Raleigh) is the kick off event, from 6 to 11 pm. Attendees can meet the visiting artists, enjoy the DJ and cash bar. In addition, light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be provided by Babylon, Larry’s Beans and Urbana Catering.
Make sure you pop in to the Pop Up Art Raleigh show in May, to see what’s certain to be an interesting show and a great opportunity to support the local arts scene.