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21 Days of Local Arts – Second Friday ArtWalk in Chapel Hill and Carrboro

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.

Acrobatic performers on the newly opened Plaza at 140 W Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
Acrobatic performers on the newly opened Plaza at 140 W Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

Many Triangle communities celebrate the arts each month, pairing business with artists to entice residents into spending a Friday evening strolling the streets, like the Second Friday ArtWalk in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, presented by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. This event is a prime opportunity to experience the community arts scene and socialize with fellow art fans (and get a bite to eat at any one of the city’s dining establishments). 

This Friday (May 9, 6 – 9 pm) the ArtWalk will feature events at nearly twenty venues, including one new venue, Vinyl Perk, a newly opened record store and coffee shop on Rosemary Street, where you’ll find featured artist Lori Skoumal Reeves and her Vinyl Canvas Art. At the corner of S. Columbia and Franklin Streets, inside the Ackland Museum Store, you can browse for Mother’s Day gifts while listening to The Mills Rainey Jazz Duo (a saxophone and guitar pair) play some jazz standards (6 to 8:30 pm).

Ready to really explore Downtown Chapel Hill? Then you need to join in the Art Scavenger Hunt for Windows on Chapel Hill. Don’t forget to stop to see the performance at The Plaza 140 W Franklin Street by choreographer Justin Tornow too. Finally, you’ll not want to miss the opening reception at FRANK of “Graphic: Drawings and Prints” where they explore the arts of drawing and printmaking in their newest exhibit (oh, and FRANK is a great place to shop for a unique Mother’s Day gift too).

At the Carrboro end of the ArtWalk, you’ll find the 21st Annual Community Photography Contest at The ArtsCenter. Recently relocated Womancraft (where I plan to purchase a gift for my mom this year) is holding a reception for “Carolina Birds & Blooms” and will host a wood turning demo by John Morris who creates beautiful turned-wood art from native and exotic kiln-dried woods. Sweet shop neighbors on East Main Street, This & That Gift Gallery and Vespertine, will be hosting local photographer Kim Hawks and her lush and vivid botanical photography. Even The Beehive Salon gets in on the ArtWalk fun by hosting whimsical works of multimedia artist Mark Abercrombie. 

See? There’s plenty of arts scenery to explore on a mid Spring evening in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Make sure you add Second Friday ArtWalks to your arts agenda soon.

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