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21 Days of Local Arts – Third Friday in Durham

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.

Golden Belt

It’s the end of the week (and thankfully the end of stormy weather for the week). The start of the weekend can be celebrated by exploring our communities on foot (or via the free Bull City Connector), taking in the Third Friday arts scenery in downtown Durham. Each Third Friday from 6 to 9 pm various venues and galleries stay open late to welcome us into their spaces to see what’s new. 

This Third Friday the Durham Art Guild presents “The Alchemist’s Diary” featuring mixed media works by DAG member artist Melinda Fine. Fine’s works will be on view in the Room 100 gallery in Building 3 at Golden Belt. You’ll also find the new Belgian Waffology food truck in the visitors parking lot, serving authentic Belgian waffles for the evening. The truck will also serve Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee and teas.

Across the center parking lot, The Scrap Exchange’s Green Gallery hosts Caroline Crawford and her exhibit “Celebrating Pattern and Color”. Caroline has a long history of making art and I understand you can see international influences merging with technique in the dynamic solo show. Come out to meet the artist and wander the aisles of the Scrap Exchange.

Not far from Golden Belt, Spectre Arts displays the paintings and sculpture of two artists in “Squirrels, Gas Masks, Tin Men and Monsters”. Dwight Howard and Erika Wilson utilize found objects and everyday experience to create paintings and sculptures that comment on the present state of our culture, while offering a vision of the post-apocalyptic world to come.

Full Frame is taking their show on the road and will be showing “SEX(ED) The Movie” at the Full Frame Theater at the American Tobacco Campus as part of Third Friday. Though this is a free screening, all attendees must reserve a ticket (ticket reservations don’t open until 9 am on May 16). Visit the Full Frame website for more information.

“Buried in Light and Shadow” is an installation of metal, wood, light and shadow on view at The Carrack Modern Art (7 to 10 pm). The artist is Elsa Hoffman, a wood and metal worker based in Chapel Hill. Using her skills as a trained woodworker, she artfully combines wood and metal to transform the materials  into 2 and 3-D designs including lights, sculpture and furniture. 

At Claymaker’s you’re invited to the opening reception for three artists at “The Cooler Side of Clay – Raku & Low-Fire Atmospheric Firing”. This three person show illustrates some of the range and variety available in low-fire ceramics.

Pleiades Gallery stays open late for “Fire and Light” featuring the sculpture of Emily Cox and photography of Jim Lee. The joint exhibit explores the raw beauty of nature and its cyclical reality.

Speaking of sculpture, don’t forget to explore the large outdoor sculptures that are scattered around downtown as part of the Bull City Sculpture Show.



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