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.
When the Franklin Street Arts Collective opened their gallery in 2010 on downtown Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street they opened the door for creative innovation in the arts community. Their mission of supporting local arts and promoting a vibrant downtown Chapel Hill took shape through exhibits, events, programs and educational outreach at the not for profit FRANK Gallery.
FRANK features work from over 90 artists working in a variety of mediums: clay, jewelry, painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, glass, wood and textile. Theme-based exhibits and displays change frequently so there’s always a good reason to stop in the gallery to see what’s new. The current exhibit GRAPHIC; Drawings & Prints (showing through July 5), explores the fine arts of drawing and printmaking. As a companion to the GRAPHIC exhibit, FRANK will host an opening reception for The Postcard Project on May 22. Earlier in the year FRANK reached out to the community with an open invitation to anyone with a pen or pencil to create a drawing. Two thousand postcards were distributed throughout the Triangle at libraries, schools, copy stores, senior centers, frame shops, pubs, galleries, cafes and other businesses. The instructions on the back of the card were simple, make a drawing and mail it back to FRANK. This Thursday at the gallery we can see all the drawings and meet all the people who participated in the community art project.
This Fall FRANK will be hosting its second Rubbish 2 Runway fashion show. The fierce fashion competition requires entrants to create dresses made of entirely recycled materials – no fabric is allowed. Designers are encouraged to create with foam packing sheets, bubble wrap, egg cartons, newspapers and magazines, pop tops, aluminum cans, cardboard boxes, corks, plastic bottles, candy wrappers, take out food containers (as long as they’re clean), and the like. The submission period for this year has closed and entries are being reviewed currently. On September 9th the show will open at FRANK with the runway fashion show judged by a panel of fashion and design professionals on September 12th. The winners will be awarded cash prizes and trophies during the fashion show event. You can find photos of last year’s winners here to get a taste of what to expect at this Fall’s Rubbish 2 Runway II.