First Friday


Feb 04 2022


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

First Friday

February First Friday // February 4, 6–10pm

Join us for First Friday we’ll be open until 10pm! Bring yourself and your mask! Each gallery will have a capacity limit of 25 people, and there will be individual capacity limits for each artist studio clearly posted near their doors, so that we can all have a safe First Friday!  

Gallery 1: Vonnie Quest // There’s Black People in Milwaukee: Rose Theatre Through February 6

Durham-based artist Vonnie Quest has re-imaged the former Rose Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Originally built in 1917, the 425 seat theater (later renamed the Regal theater) was built specifically for African American audiences. As often happened with black businesses created in the early part of the 20th century, the Rose Theatre was demolished in 1958, its history erased. Quest’s decision to feature this recreation as the main anchor for his exhibition comes from his interest in exploring the intersections, mechanics, and deconstruction of narratives, place, and politics. Like Quest’s hometown of Milwaukee, Raleigh also has a history of gentrification that has threatened to erase the story of traditionally black spaces and businesses. Quest will use this installation to explore the concept of how narratives about people and places are written after their spaces have disappeared. Sponsored by South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Gallery 2: Jennifer Markowitz // Fleshmap: My Unraveling Geographies, Through February 13

After completing her residency in January 2021, artist Jennifer Markowitz presents a solo exhibition of her work. Fleshmap: My Unraveling Geographies is Jennifer’s personal narrative through thread to circumnavigate the geography of memory. “In each of us, there is a secret landscape that contains the parts of ourselves we chose to abandon before they killed us” Markowitz states. These works illustrate the parts of herself she has abandoned in order to live.

Upfront Gallery: Beyond The Fray, Fiber Artists of the Triangle // Through February 27

Featuring textile works by Joyce Watkins King, Barbara Lee Smith, Celia Gray, Caitlin Cary, Becky Joye, Aliyah Bonnette, Ann Roth, Sharron Parker, Colleen Bee and Gretchen Morrissey. Informed by traditional  processes, this exhibition explores ways that artists in our region  push the boundaries of textiles to create meaningful works of art.

In the Building //  

Corridors: Gab Corter (Studio 108), Jennifer Clifton, Tonya Thornton