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.
On the second Friday of each month, from 5 to 9 pm, visitors stroll the streetscape of South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest for Art After Hours, a community event that showcases local art talent and businesses. This month’s event will feature visual and performing arts for all tastes:
- At Sunflower Studio & Gallery (214 E. Jones Ave) it’s the time of year that Mrs. Linda Burrell’s art students show off their best work in the annual student show. Stop in to check out the opening reception and see the talented youths’ works.
- At Next Consignment Boutique (210 S. White St) you’ll find wonderful hammered dulcimer music, a tranquil instrument popular in the western part of our state, played by Joan Burroughs.
- At Wake Forest Art & Frame Shop (139 S. White St) the evening will focus on art, food and fun as well as Raleigh’s Safe Haven for Cats. A variety of activities and entertainment for the whole family includes a bake sale (proceeds benefit Safe Haven), jazz music from George Tatum, arts and crafts activities for the kids.
- The Cotton Company (306 S. White St), where shoppers typically find local artworks on a daily basis, will host a reception for resident artists Jane Steelman and Adriana Chanmala. Stop in to meet the artists and enjoy free wine samples.
- At the end of your stroll you may feel a little thirsty. Fortunately White Street Brewing is close at hand to quench that thirst. Stop in for a brew or two and enjoy live music (beginning at 8 pm) from Jäger Creek, a 90s throwback band.