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.

 

February

CutPaperValentines

TH February 13 
7-9pm
ages 21+

$25 members / $35 non-members

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Join paper cut artist, Janelle Washington for a creative and love-filled paper cut workshop creating your very own customized Valentine’s card. In the workshop, you will learn the basics of paper cutting, the tools of the trade, and tricks and tips to assist you in creating your Valentine’s. Each workshop participant will leave with at least one finished handcrafted Valentine’s card that they can proudly keep or give away to that someone special and templates to take home.

Janelle Washington is a self – taught paper cut artist from Virginia. She graduated from VCU with a BFA in Fashion Design and afterward found interest in paper cutting. Her artwork explores history, identity, and beauty in African American culture. Her papercuts have been exhibited at 311 Gallery and Imurj in Raleigh, National Institute of Health in Maryland, and she has permanent silhouettes in the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture Slavery and Freedom Gallery in Washington, DC. Janelle is also a member of The Guild of American Papercutters.

March

GouachePatternPlay

TH March 12 
7-9pm
ages 21+

$25 members / $35 non-members

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Join local artist and illustrator, Kristen Solecki for an introduction to gouache. Students will create a small series of 4 x 6 in paintings while learning about color mixing and pattern.

Kristen Solecki is an artist and illustrator currently based in Chapel Hill, NC. Since earning her degree in illustration from Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, Solecki has worked with a variety of clients to create editorial illustrations, book cover art and illustrations, marketing materials, paintings, and other projects. When she’s not doing client work, Solecki exhibits her art in galleries around the country, teaches workshops, and curates exhibitions.

April

Photographic Portraits

TH April 9 
7-9pm
ages 21+

$25 members / $35 non-members

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Join local documentary photographer and video artist, Jade Wilson for a special photography workshop. Holding space through photography to examine the self in relation to others, participants will work in pairs and begin the workshop with an active listening exercise. Each pair will take portraits of one another and using photo transfer techniques create a final piece.

Jade Wilson is a documentary photographer and video artist based in the Raleigh-Durham area. They became interested in telling stories in 2012 when they took their first photography class. Since then, Jade has taken portraits that examine identity–both their own and others, in relation to community. Their focus on finding the beauty behind the pain of love and isolation is informed by their past. With a trained eye in graphic design, the elements of art and principles of design are second nature, but being cognizant of the space around them, the person in front of them, and what they feel while shooting is more important than technique. Demonstrating bravery, while being black and queer, is at the forefront of their artistry and aims to not only inspire the youth, but adults as well.