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.
If you’re looking to experience the wonderful historical and educational scene of Greater Raleigh with the kids, then you’re in luck! There are plenty of museums in the area that are especially fun for your young ones, with interactive displays, hands-on activities and exhibits that will have them intrigued and engaged.
A museum designed specifically for your kids, Marbles Kids Museum is unlike any other in the area. Marbles delivers purposeful play in a big way, by offering dozens of interactive exhibits, daily educational programs and an overall extraordinary adventure. Once the kids have learned and played at Marbles, take them to the next-door IMAX theatre for the current larger-than-life documentary or grand-scale Hollywood film.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the Southeast’s largest natural history museum that offers four floors of awesome exhibits, including the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur. Let your kids enjoy the hummingbirds and butterflies in the Living Conservatory or check out the different types of live amphibians nearby. Best of all, admission is free!
A field trip favorite for years, the North Carolina Museum of History highlights the state’s military history, decorative arts, sports heroes and much more through interesting exhibits and special programs. Take a look at the calendar to see when the next craft demonstration, music concert or family event will be and plan your trip accordingly.
While we’re sure your kids will find something to enjoy in all of Greater Raleigh’s museums, these select venues in downtown Raleigh will really have them saying, “Wow!” For a comprehensive list of all the great museums in the area, visit this site.
If you’ve been to the North Carolina Museum of Art since its new building debuted in early 2010, then you’ve experienced one of the top art museums of the Southeast in a new light and are probably already impressed. For all of those out there who loved it, brace yourselves for some unbelievable news: it gets better.
As if the gorgeous new NCMA building isn’t enough, the original building, now referred to as the East Building, is opening in November with beautiful, transformed exhibit spaces that will allow multiple concurrent exhibitions of varying scale.
On November 7th, five new exhibits will open in the East Building, including: American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, Bob Troutman: Inverted Utopias, Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Binh Danh: In the Eclipse of Angkor, and John James Audubon’s The Birds of America. And you won’t believe that four of them are absolutely free to enjoy.
Timed tickets for American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell are on sale now and can be purchased here. This featured exhibit traces the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career. This is the first major exhibit at the transformed NCMA and is perfect for visitors of all ages. Get your tickets, grab your family and friends and head out to NCMA’s newest addition to see just how much better it can get.
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.
Make February count this year. Help the North Carolina Museum of History celebrate Black History Month by attending one of their fun and informational programs!
Come indulge yourself in rich NC history as “Hands on History” takes you on a journey through time as you learn about some of the most famous African Americans that have called the Tar Heel State their home. “Hands on History” also provides materials for your party to make a traditional craft and even do a little rope jumping, making this perfect for the kids. Not only will they obtain vital information about NC’s own Black history but they can actually engage themselves in it and take home a little memento! This program will be held on Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Another program offered by the museum is the “African American History Tour.” Though similar to the “Hands on History” program, this one is more geared toward an adult audience as it tends to delve deeper into the African American struggle in North Carolina. Expect to learn a vast amount of history as the program covers everything from the antebellum period all the way to the Civil Rights Movement. This program is held on the same dates from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
With so many dates to both programs, it’s hard to not go to both and really optimize your experience, so why not go with the kids to one program and then bring friends to the other? You never know what you might learn!