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.
For sixteen years Last Fridays from April through September have featured arts across many disciplines and the entire town gladly converges on historic downtown Hillsborough to take it all in. Citizens bring their camp chairs and find a spot on the old courthouse lawn to enjoy a free concert. Artists, food vendors, crafts people line the sidewalks around the courthouse and a drum circle forms on the south lawn. Pedestrians stroll from art gallery to sidewalk cafe to shops not missing a step of the Art Walk. If you’ve never been to Last Fridays in Hillsborough, it’s a wonderful opportunity to explore the community and experience the hometown arts community the Hillsborough Arts Council works to foster.
This Last Friday in Hillsborough you’ll find Emily Earle (and yes, she is related to THE Steve Earle) performing at the courthouse beginning at 6:30 pm.
In the many shops and galleries along and just off Churton Street you’re invited to explore opening receptions and new exhibits. The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop presents Person, Place, Thing: Portraits featuring paintings, sculptures and drawings by William Goodson Mangum.
At Hillsborough Gallery of Arts you can stop in to see The Fifth Element featuring jewelry by Arianna Bara, turned wood by Pat Lloyd, and paintings by Pat Merriman.
The Hillsborough Artists Cooperative and The Skylight Gallery on King Street ask the question Do You Want to Live Forever? The special experience planned for the evening allows us to participate in an interactive artistic experience involving an actual time capsule. You’ll have the opportunity to leave something of yourself as part of the timeless quest for immortality.
Also on King Street stop by Cup a Joe to catch the Brooke Erceg Creery 5th Annual Apron Show featuring Brooke’s personal collection of new and vintage aprons (sounds sweet!).
Back on Churton Street, the Eno Gallery presents The Figure in Oil, Encaustic and Clay featuring three contemporary artists interpreting the figure in three different mediums: Oil on Panel by Alicia Armstrong, Encaustic Paintings by Molly Cliff Hilts and Ceramic Sculpture by Tinka Jordy.
Finally, don’t miss the Kristin Bedford photography exhibit at Daylight on West Margaret Ave, where The Perfect Picture explores the mystery and nature of enduring faith.
Of course while in Hillsborough you have multiple fabulous dining choices available among the many downtown restaurants. Then the Mystery Brewing Public House is just a very short drive from downtown, making it the perfect night cap to a Hillsborough evening.