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Last week's open artist hanging at CAM brought aspiring and established creative types to exhibit their works in a festive free-for-all juicy with possibility and fulfillment. Edgy works brimming with technique by conservatory grads hung adjacent to pleasant landscapes by puttering hobbyists, and a few feet of wall space was even occupied by simple drawings in crayon--executed not by savvy savants commanding respect and returns for the childlike quality of their work, but by actual children (and a shout to the adults who facilitated their participation: you are amazing parents. Hats off to you).

Art ran the gamut in style--each viewer was guaranteed to savor some works and spit at others--and it somehow put everything into perspective to see that while big pieces by credited professionals could take up residency in your very own home for a measly thousand bucks, an ingenuous and beguiling scrawl of lovely cattails scritched in No. 2 lead pencil by a previously unknown grade-schooler was not up for grabs at any price. One fault could be found: Two days is not enough time. With the warehouse mostly barren during renovations, there's no reason for CAM not to bring this back, and soon. Six months, maybe? Keep your fingers crossed, and it can't hurt to tell them how much you loved it.

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In the meantime, budding talents should venture into Clayton, for the debut of The Creativity Center, an education space focused on healing art and featuring classes, workshops, and exhibitions, the latter predominantly at the in-house show room Red Door Gallery. Artists are invited to contribute to the grand opening event, to be held Friday, May 23, with works hanging for two weeks following. Pieces will be received May 21 and 22, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There's no fee to join in, but should your piece be sold, the center will pocket 40 percent of the take. For details, contact the center at 553-8451.

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Artists wishing to expand their audiences beyond the state can try their hand at ArtisanStreet.com. This four-month-old site continues to gather the artsy and the crafty, hawking everything from paintings to baby clothes to jewelry to cutlery. New works are always welcome--start peddling your wares with a call to (866) 492-8969, or visit the Web site at www.artisanstreet.com.

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This is your final chance to see Sheroes and Wonder Women, at the Hayti Heritage Center. The accomplishments of African-American women are barely touched in tomes which chronicle U.S. events, and not much-seen on gallery walls, but images dominate here in a show using art to illustrate history. Closes May 11, reception on Thursday, May 8, from 7-9 p.m. More from 683-1709.

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The Chapel Hill/Carrboro Second Friday Art Walk begins its season on Friday, May 9, from 6-9 p.m. Wear comfy (yet attractive, if you please) shoes--you'll trek through a dozen galleries, with DeGustibus of University Mall offering wine tasting with a different grape in each location. Highlights include Dali, Bugs Bunny, chanteuse Alysson Light, Cherokee sculpture, the b-sides, paintings from India and Holland, and, as mentioned, wine. It's free and healthy, providing you walk, as suggested, from space to space, and should you indulge in the aforementioned and much anticipated wine, you'll be good and toasty by the time you reach the end. Get a map from any involved business--Animation & Fine Arts, the ArtsCenter, Caffe Driade, Cameron's, Carrboro Learning Place, Cherokee Spirit Gallery, Minata Jewelers, Moondance, Turning Point Gallery, Open Eye Cafe, Sizl Gallery, or Tyndall Galleries--or the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, 967-7075. EndBlock

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