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Franco: Beautiful, Bold and Brave

When: Jan. 15-Feb. 2 2016

FRANCO: BEAUTIFUL, BOLD AND BRAVE

FRIDAY, JAN. 15, DURHAM

ROOM 100 GALLERY AT GOLDEN BELT—If you happened to walk by The Republik (known to those who work there as some kind of visionary branding firm and to the rest of us as that cool glass building on Rigsbee Avenue) this winter, you couldn't miss the eye-catching work of Durham artist FRANCO hanging on its façade. The Durham Art Guild member calls himself a visual activist who creates pop-art graphic designs that pack a social punch—the Republik show featured bold cartoon portraits of multi-ethnic women and Afro picks terminating in raised fists. Beautiful, Bold and Brave, FRANCO's new show at Golden Belt, draws from two series. "Eyes on the Prize" features women in sunglasses—and one in an astronaut helmet with upraised fists reflected in its visor, merging professional empowerment with stylistic aspiration. And "Shero" portrays women in fighting poses wearing T-shirts for popular superheroes, a timely motif as women are exploding into mainstream comics both on and behind the pages. Tap into the work's optimistic stance on female power through Feb. 2. 6–9 p.m., free, 807 E. Main St., Durham, 919-560-2713, www.durhamartguild.org. —Brian Howe

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