August 1 Downtown Raleigh First Friday Events: Mark Your Calendars!

First Friday is known for food trucks and the street market, but don’t miss the fantastic art shows coming this Friday! Here are a few you shouldn’t miss:


“Baptême, Rose Calmethene: a retrospective exhibition”
Litmus Gallery & Studios
312 West Cabarrus Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Featuring J. D. Horwitz

Litmus Gallery j.d. Horwitz closemyeyesOpening Reception: Friday, August 1, 2014 / 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Exhibit Open: Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM & by appointment (919-571-3605 /

Exhibit Closes: August 30, 2014 / 2:00 PM


“Audubon Revisited” an exhibit and art sale by Amy Sawyer. 

North Carolina Museum of Natural Science

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Opening reception: August 1st, 6:00-8:00 pm.

Through Sept. 1, 2014.

Amy is a Raleigh native now living in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Having loved art since childhood, she earned BFA degrees in Painting and Drawing and Art Education from East Carolina University, with minors in Commercial Art and Ceramics. 

Since graduating in the late 1980s, Amy has enjoyed creating artwork in a variety of media including watercolor, ink, clay, glass, and copper – and is now exploring forged steel sculpture. She draws her subject matter from nature, including insects, birds, flowers, and landscapes.

In 2009, 2011, and 2013, Amy was one of twelve local artists whose artwork was selected for the City of Raleigh Art-On-The-Move public art program. This program features artwork reproduced as large-format vinyl wraps applied to CAT buses, circulating throughout the city for a period of six months. Amy has also participated in the locally-based, nationally-competitive Mystery Build sculpture competition, winning the grand prize in 2011, and placing 11th in 2013 with the Audubon inspired piece on display in this show.

In addition to creating art, Amy has worked for the past twenty years as a full-time exhibit designer and builder specializing in history displays. She is currently the Curator of Design for the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites, and over the past nine years she has designed and produced numerous history displays for the division’s museums and visitor centers.


Pick up a hot cup of coffee and check out the gallery display at one of downtown’s hotspots:

The Morning Times Gallery

Featuring Sense and Surface, works by Cindy Morefield

Opening reception Friday, August 1st
6pm to 11pm
MorningTimes.Cindy Morefield.Sense of SurfaceReticulation2“These works were created by making rubbings from the surfaces of the panel paintings using colored pencil on Yupo synthetic paper, and in some cases applying acrylic paint over the resulting textures. The rubbings have become a way for the artist to interact with and learn from the paintings, as they reveal elements of the surface texture that are visually obscured in the paintings themselves.’



August 1, from 6 pm to 9 pm

On display from August 1 – August 28

at 311 West Martin Street, Raleigh NC, will feature a juried show entitled “The Dog Days of Raleigh”

The hot sultry weather of late summer has long been associated with Sirius, the Dog Star. Ancient Romans believed Dog Days to be a time when “the Sea boiled, the Wine turned sour, Dogs grew mad, and all other creatures became languid….”

Juried by Rachel Herrick, the show will sizzle with local artists’ interpretation of Raleigh’s Dog Days.