It’s the first Friday of the month! That means downtown Raleigh will be popping off and erupting with opportunity for artistic exposure. Head out for a foodie fix, grab drinks, and then wander the streets alongside other art-heads craving a healthy after-hours dose of creativity. Most downtown galleries will stay open extra late tonight, and many will be hosting a reception or other event in honor of a new exhibition opening.
Steer course towards one of my favorite downtown areas, the warehouse district and pop into The Visual Art Exchange on Martin Street. The hip, non-profit gallery and artist association hosts a new exhibition each month in its main gallery. Last month’s show Bits + Bytes cycles out tonight, making way for August’s Monochrome, which features work containing or using only one color. Don’t forget to explore The Cube, featuring experimental and installation art. Tonight artists Kiki Farish and Lauren Kennedy, whose work is featured in The Cube, will participate in an Artists Talk beginning at 6:30.
Also check out Flanders Gallery right down the street at the intersection of Martin and S. West Streets. Flanders’ previous exhibition Make Ends Meet resulted in the entire outer gallery being covered in a multi-colored, camouflage shell of crocheted yarn. The show shut down last week, making way for a new exhibition opening this evening. Terrains of Absencewill feature prints and photographs by Mark Iwinski. Stop by the gallery between 9:30pm and 11:45pm to peruse the works and hear the sweet tunes of musical group Muhsinah, which will perform a gallery concert hosted by The Art of Cool Project.
For a full list of venues and events check out the First Friday website. See you DT tonight!
Written by Creative Genius Katie.
How often do you hear the whistle of a train these days? Probably not as often as 40 years ago, when Amtrak first opened its passenger cars to America and transformed the way people get around. Chances are, if you hear a whistle in Raleigh on March 10-11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., it will be the free Amtrak Exhibit Train heading to the downtown Raleigh Amtrak station to commemorate the train’s 40th anniversary!
The Amtrak 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train is touring the country, and it couldn’t pass up an opportunity to visit Raleigh. This special train is a unique traveling display that showcases memorabilia from the national passenger railroad’s four decades of history, like vintage advertising, past menus, dinnerware, and period uniforms. You can even learn more about the operational elements of the train, and what the differences are between how Amtrak trains ran 40 years ago versus now.
The Exhibit Train will also include an interactive train-themed kids’ activity area, Chuggington Depot, based on the popular television series on Disney Junior. With activities and displays geared towards both adults and children, this is an event that’ll be perfect for the whole family. Did we mention it’s free?
Local businesses and vendors will also be present to round out the event. For more information on this unique traveling celebration, please visit the Amtrak 40th Anniversary website.
The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has proudly displayed the largest collection of Rembrandt paintings ever presented in an American exhibition for the past few months, but this wonderful collection will soon continue on its journey, never to return to the East Coast. If you haven’t had the chance to see the Rembrandt collection for yourself yet, have no fear; there’s still time!
In an effort to allow everyone who wishes to enjoy this spectacular exhibition a better chance, NCMA is offering extended hours for Rembrandt in America during its final week in the museum, Jan. 16-21st. Each day, the exhibition will open at 10 a.m. and remain open until 9 p.m., with the exception of the final Saturday night, when it will stay open until midnight.
NCMA’s Rembrandt exhibition has been so popular among visitors and locals alike that the Museum recently welcomed the 100,000th exhibition visitor. Trust us, if all of those people took the time to visit, you can bet there’s a reason to make the trip! Featuring more than 50 paintings, this exhibition explores the often controversial issues of collecting and connoisseurship with Rembrandt, while also paying tribute to one of history’s great masters of art.
To purchase your tickets and find more information, visit this site.
There are always fun and interesting exhibits at Greater Raleigh museums, but none quite like the Animal Grossology exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. From October 2, 2010, to April 24, 2011, you can discover the science behind gross animal wonders like why cows need four stomachs to digest their food or why cats spit up hair balls. Sounds fun, right?
Adapted from Grossology, a best-selling children’s book by a science teacher named Sylvia Branzei, this unique and kind of yucky exhibit teaches all about five different groups of gross animals, including: blood slurpers, slime makers, vomit munchers and other gross stuff. You’ll find plenty of fun, hands-on learning games oozing with disgusting and entertaining science.
Visitors will also learn very handy safety tips such as how to protect your food while it’s outside at a family picnic and what to do if you’re unlucky enough to have a jellyfish sting you. This is such a fantastic exhibit for your family, and you’ll probably have a wonderfully gross time yourself.
Tickets to the Animal Grossology exhibit are only $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and $4 for children ages five to 11. As usual, members of the museum are admitted free. Buy your tickets here and get ready to be totally grossed out, but in a good way!
Have you ever spotted a firefly on a warm summer night and wondered how it lights itself up? Are you mystified by the deep-sea creatures glowing shades of neon on the Discovery channel? If so, then the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science’s Glow: Living Lights exhibit on bioluminescence is sure to excite you.
From now until Sept. 12, the Glow exhibit will explore the amazing phenomenon that allows bugs and other organisms to produce their own light, also known as bioluminescence. You’ll explore an array of glowing organisms, from the fireflies you’ve seen so often to the mysterious animals of the mid-ocean depths. You’ll also learn about the benefits of scientific research on bioluminescence, from cancer-fighting drug development to anthrax spore detection.
In addition to the exhibit itself, you’ll have the opportunity to listen to experts talk about this phenomenon. On August 12, come out and listen to Duke University Associate Professor of Biology Sonke Johnsen present Deep Light: Bioluminescence and Vision 2,000 Feet below the Bahamas. On Sept. 11, come learn from Brevard College Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Jennifer Frick-Rupert as she talks about local fireflies.
For tickets, visit this site. You’re guaranteed to be glowing with knowledge and excitement about bioluminescence after you visit this fun exhibit.