When: Fri., Aug. 6 2010
Various venues—Get out of the heat and inside downtown Raleigh's Artspace collective for a First Friday gallery walk featuring local and emerging talent. This month's showcase includes "Through the Looking Glass" by Emily Cash, Susan Parrish and Lauren Van Hemert. During the month of August, these three artists are transforming the Artspace lobby into Wonderland—or perhaps we should say a version of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland. Drawings, found objects and wearable art ask the viewer to step into Alice's world before walking into the gallery.
Elsewhere in Artspace, Ryan Cummings' "Our Downtown" interprets the skyline of the City of Raleigh in a dreamlike painting that utilizes vintage black-and-white photographs of Raleigh residents from the past hundred years, while artist in residence Oscar Gillespie exhibits "Float & Scamper" from his work-in-progress of a series of engravings inspired by intriguing marginalia. Finally, "Excerpt From the Sun" is a slight departure from Garrett Scales' previous fascination with the hip-hop world and classic stars of the silver screen.
Speaking of soul and body, at Arts Together on St. Mary's Street, Even Exchange Dance Theater curates an evening of performances featuring the renowned work of dancers/ choreographers Kristin Taylor and Allison R. Daniels (7–8:30 p.m.).
At Epona & Oak, a wellness boutique located at 329 Blake St., visit the LoveBug annual benefit for Toxic Free NC, a nonprofit that fights pesticide pollution throughout the state (6–10 p.m.). Events include a competitive draw-off among area artists, including Sean Kernick, who has already been given the People's Choice award. Visit toxicfreenc.org or look them up on Facebook.
Before the evening is done, head over to Lump (www.teamlump.org) at 505 S. Blount St. for its fourth late-summer benefit. This artist-run space, which pays its light bills through events like these, is featuring live music from the Organos, led by musician/ artist Maria Albani of Schooner. Later, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu will lead a DJ set. Food by Capitol Club 16 and beer courtesy of the Carolina Brewing Co. is included in your $10 ticket at the door.—Rebekah L. Cowell