Art Happy Hour

Art Happy Hour

A monthly series encouraging recreational and fun interactions with art and artists. Bring a date (or your best friend!) to meet a local artist and try something new! Sip some wine and get creative. No experience necessary, just bring your creative spirit!

Register early – classes fill quickly! Walk-ins accepted only if class is not full. Call us to check availability.

Interested in a private Art Happy Hour for friends or family? Private sessions are available for groups of 15 or less. Contact Brittany Carlson for more information.

 

April

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TH April 18 
7-9pm
ages 21+


$25 members / $35 non-members

Create a unique wall hanging using color, design, and texture.

SOLD OUT, Waitlist available

Oami Powers is a designer and artist raised in California & New Zealand who now calls Raleigh, NC home. Her clothing designs have been sold in boutiques across the country and been featured in InStyle, Southern Living, the News & Observer and the IndyWeek. She now creates art in a variety of media and works with the design innovators and creative troublemakers over at Designbox.

May

Stenciled Pet Portraits with Brett Morris

TH May 9 
7-9pm
ages 21+


$25 members / $35 non-members

Create an eye-catching portrait of your pet. Raleigh-based artist Brett Morris will lead you through the process of drafting, hand-cutting, and spraying a pop art inspired homage to your beloved companion.

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Brett Morris is an artist that lives and works in Raleigh, NC. He earned his Bachelor of Art + Design from NC State University in 2013 and went on to become a professional screen printer before finding a home at Artspace, where he is the Program Coordinator. Brett is a member of the CAM Raleigh Urban Sketchers and has shown his work extensively throughout the Triangle. His work is part of numerous private collections.

June

Eco - Print: Bundle Dyeing with Katina Gad

TH June 13 
7-9pm
ages 21+


$25 members / $35 non-members

Bundle Dyeing is an easy, fast, and fun introduction to natural dyeing that focuses on using local and seasonal dyes including garden flowers, foraged plants, and everyday kitchen scraps. Learn about fabric preparation, mordanting and be guided through the steps of steam bundle dyeing. Attendees will take home their own hand-dyed silk.

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Katina Gad is a natural dyer and fashion designer living in Raleigh, NC. She has a decade of experience learning about natural dyes in Central America, South America, Asia, and the USA. She studied Fashion Design at FIDM in L.A., and Fashion and Textiles Management at NCSU’s College of textiles, and has worked in the textile and apparel industries for the past 15 years. Katina currently is the designer and director of Unity Outfitters, her own business based in Raleigh that produces naturally dyed bras, bralettes, underwear, and sleepwear.

July

Block Print Bandanas with Nicole Simpkins

TH July 11 
7-9pm
ages 21+


$25 members / $35 non-members

Summer Artist in Residence, Nicole Simpkins will teach workshop participants to carve designs into linoleum and experiment with color, repetition and orientation to make a printed cloth bandana.

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Nicole Sara Simpkins is an artist and educator living/working in Minneapolis, MN. She has an MFA in Printmaking from IU-Bloomington and a BA in English/Creative Writing from Macalester College. She makes installations, mixed-media drawings, prints, artist books and performances. In her work, ecology and psychology – world and self – meet in constant entanglement. She has solo shows forthcoming this Spring and Summer at The Future in Minneapolis, MN and at Artspace Center in Raleigh, NC. She has shown work in the Twin Cities at The White Page Gallery, the Paul Witney Larson Gallery, and CO Exhibitions, as well as other venues nationally and abroad. Simpkins is a recipient of a 2019-20 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant in support of her new body of installation work exploring the resonance between ecosystems and human communities by examining the transformative nature of “invasive” plant species.

August

Trophies for Grown Ups with Julia Caston

TH August 8 
7-9pm
ages 21+


$25 members / $35 non-members

Make a trophy for either yourself or someone who deserves to win! Use a variety of materials to create these unique found object creations.

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Julia Caston creates interactive experiences for people based on concepts of belonging, privilege, humor, compassion, and interpersonal communication. Her practice encompasses drawing, sculpture, and performance art. She is a queer cisgender white woman from Minneapolis, MN. She received her BA in Art History from Barnard College and her MFA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Julia has participated in residencies in Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Artspace in Raleigh, NC, and Anchorlight in Raleigh, NC. She has shown her work locally, nationally, and abroad. Julia is the co-founder of the nonprofit Minneapolis Art Lending Library, an organization that lends original works of art to the public, free of charge. She currently works as the Programs and Audience Engagement Assistant at the North Carolina Museum of Art.