October is the perfect time to gallery hop or take a stroll at an art festival, and the Triangle has some extraordinary openings of visual arts and art events in October.
The Click! Triangle Photography Festival (October 1-31) is a celebration of photography promoting artistic excellence, professional development and community engagement. The festival’s exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of History, Artspace, Flanders Gallery and the Visual Art Exchange. Admission: Most events are free and open to the public. Find details at www.clicktrianglephoto.org.
The North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, has several exhibits opening this month, each one different from the next. Zanele Muholi: Faces and Phases (October 1-January 8) features 10 photographs by the internationally acclaimed South African photographer and self-described “visual activist” from her ongoing series of the same title. Admission is free. Blending America’s love affair with the automobile with the art deco period, Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars (October 1-January 15) will feature the luxury and glamour of both in their Meymandi Exhibition Gallery. Admission fee required. Panorama: North Carolina (October 8-February 12) focuses on the Old North State in more than 30 photographs by North Carolina-based photographers. Admission is free. Human/Nature (October 15-February 26) features photographs from the NCMA’s permanent collection that relate individuals to both natural and manmade environments. Each photograph in Human/Nature presents the relationship between man and the environment. Admission is free. www.ncartmuseum.org
CAM-Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh, presents White Gold (October 7-January 22), an installation by artist Thomas Sayre. “White Gold” refers to the cotton industry of the American South and the artist’s respect and reverence for the land and the labor from which the cotton grows. Admission is $5. www.camraleigh.org
Art After Hours returns to Downtown Wake Forest (October 14) and will occur from 5-9 p.m. on the second Friday evening of each month from October to April. Come celebrate and support our local visual artists and the galleries of Downtown Wake Forest. Meet the galleries’ monthly featured artists and chat with artists as they work. Downtown businesses stay open until 9 p.m. Admission is free. www.wakeforestdowntown.com/aahwf/
The Raleigh Film & Art Festival (October 14-16) at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, is a cultural explosion and exploration of art, music and film. This three-day event includes parties showcasing painters, tattoo artists, filmmakers and fashion designers, plus jazz, blues, R&B and neo soul musicians. Admission $13 a day or $23 for a three-day pass. www.raleighfilmandartfestival.com
Connect & Create: Day of the Dead with Peter Marin (October 15) at Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh, from 10 a.m.-noon. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with sugar skull crafts and creepy fun. Connect & Create connects artists and families to create works of art together. Admission is $10 for members or $15 for nonmembers. www.artspacenc.org
The Pullen Arts Center, 105 Pullen Road, Raleigh, is the site of the Fall Arts Fair (October 15) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Fall Arts Fair showcases the work of Pullen and Sertoma Arts Center artists, including jewelers, painters, printmakers and potters. Bring the whole family to enjoy art activities, demonstrations and your favorite food trucks. Admission is free. http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/Arts/Articles/PullenArtsCenter.html
— Jeanne E. Fredriksen • email@example.com • October 2016