Opening Reception: August Exhibitions
Aug
11
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: August Exhibitions

FRANK Gallery’s August exhibition brings layers of vibrant colors and rich textures to the spotlight. Special guest Lynn Bregman Blass of Asheville joins FRANK artists Peg Bachenheimer, Mirinda Kossoff, and Emily Lees for a harmonious mix of mixed media, painting, ceramics and jewelry. This highly skilled group of artists present a unique opportunity for art collectors and novices alike to view and explore some of the finest local and regional talent.

We will celebrate our new show as a part of the 2nd Friday Artwalk with refreshments and music from Alison Weiner of Mahalo Jazz.

Opening Reception: Introducing Austin Cathey
Aug
11
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Introducing Austin Cathey

Cathey’s body of work, which earned him this position as the FRANK Emerging Artist Apprentice, represents the human experience, and reflects on how memories are made and recorded. His drawings include washes of ink and watered down paints to add a fluidity, pigment, and dimension to his work. “When the washes interact with the drawing surface they immediately stain it, leaving a record, a memory, of their existence,” Cathey explains. “As the water slowly evaporates, only reticulations are left behind; always lighter and less vibrant than their original state.” He uses repetition and layers to reflect the abundance of memories that each individual experiences, and allows the audience to openly interpret his work.

We will celebrate our new show as a part of the 2nd Friday Artwalk with refreshments and music from Alison Weiner of Mahalo Jazz.

This exhibition is presented in the Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery.


Artist Talk: July Featured Artists
Jul
20
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk: July Featured Artists

The artists from the Elegant Line and Consignor Invitational exhibitions will be hosting an Artist Talk on July 20th at 6PM. This will be an exclusive opportunity to learn more about why these artists create, and get some behind-the-scenes details about processes and materials.

PARKING and DIRECTIONS

Opening Reception: The Elegant Line
Jul
14
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: The Elegant Line

“One must always search for the desire of the line, where it wishes to enter or where to die away." - Henri Matisse

Humbly and respectfully, there is always the search for that elusive, elegant line. The authentic line that contains integrity and grace. What is its imposing width or gossamer thinness? Its angle and curve? Its placement on a surface or its fluidity in space? And where does the line end, after-all? The line is worked until it says to leave it be. FRANK presents “The Elegant Line, featuring Sudie Rakusin and Susan Filley. Rakusin celebrates line in her mixed-media abstract works; Filley creates graceful forms in clay.

Join us for a celebration of our new exhibitions, presented as part of the 2nd Friday Artwalk. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

Opening Reception: Consignor Invitational
Jul
14
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Consignor Invitational

FRANK presents six artists who share a sense of whimsy and color in their individual bodies of work. The artists whose work will be showcased at FRANK this month include ceramicists Carmen Elliott and Cathy Kiffney, textile artist Elaine O’Neil, painters Henryk Fantazos, Anne Gregory and Rosie Thompson, and jeweler Rebecca Neigher. These Triangle based artists share some line, color and stylistic qualities, but overall were chosen as exceptional examples of the rich local artistic community. Each artist will be presenting a small body of work, showcasing their personal points of view and distinct, elevated level of skill and creativity.

Join us for a celebration of our new exhibitions, presented as part of the 2nd Friday Artwalk. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. 

Opening Reception: June Featured Artists
Jun
9
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: June Featured Artists

Celebrate our June artists, Catherine Gregory, Peg Gignoux, and Linda Prager with us on this very special evening. Refreshments will be served, the artists will be present for a meet and greet, and discussion of their work.

This event is presented as part of the 2nd Friday Artwalk, and is free and open to the public.

Artist Talk and Exhibition Preview
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk and Exhibition Preview

FRANK Gallery presents a very special selection of artists this June: Catherine Gregory, Marguerite Jay Gignoux, and Linda Prager. Working in mixed media, fiber, and ceramics (respectively) their work comes together across mediums through shared textures, colors, and forms that often arise from experimentation and are inspired by the world around them. We are exceptionally pleased to be welcoming Catherine Gregory to FRANK, for the first time, from Burgundy, France for two very special evenings in June.

Join us for a very special opportunity to meet the artists, learn about their work, and get a first glance at the exhibition.

Our opening celebration will take place the following evening, Friday, June 9th from 6-9PM. Both events are free to attend and open to the public. Seating at this event will be first come first serve.

An Evening of Poetry with Ricky Garni
May
18
6:00 pm18:00

An Evening of Poetry with Ricky Garni

Ricky Garni grew up in the odd era (ca 1950's late through '60's) when aliens just seemed like goodness and you could see this goodness on fuzzy black and white TVs upstairs in the guest room while Mom and Dad enjoyed a pleasant highball and a nice chat. This goodness and this goodness alone (well, with a tiny bit of badness, as with a highball) is what he strives for in the poems contained herein: lighter than air, crisp and refreshing, salty and snacky, but gravitas-y with meaning and good cheer and and the irregular jolt and the occasional wacky with a thought that is not always passing and when it isn’t it sticks to your brain or heart like a hunk of Cracker Jack.

(Note: the author has dedicated this book to the Billboard Top Hundred Songs of 1971: listing included herein. In such a year as this, even #100 is a keeper.)

Opening Reception: May Featured Artists and Guests
May
12
6:12 pm18:12

Opening Reception: May Featured Artists and Guests

May brings to the spotlight furniture maker Keith Allen, and alternative process photographer Alan Dehmer, along with a brand new group of artists the annual guest invitational exhibition.

The 2017 Guest Invitational includes Kenia Brea, Bryant Holsenbeck, Chieko Murasugi, and Jason Smith, each chosen based on the quality of their work, while also considering at how they align with FRANK Gallery’s values and community initiatives. Each brings a very unique, contemporary voice to their work and to FRANK.

Join us in celebrating the work of all of these artists, enjoy great food and drinks, and shop for the next addition to your art collection! This reception is presented as part of the Chapel Hill Carrboro 2nd Friday Artwalk. All are welcome, free to attend.

Refreshemnts will be served.

Opening Reception: Cultural Fabric
May
12
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Cultural Fabric

Project Director, Hollie Taylor teams up with artist friends from Chapel Hill High School, Ida Lavern-Couch with the African American Quilt Circle, and Barbara Tyroler with the FRANK gallery to present

Cultural Fabric
Explorations of youth identity through quilts and portraiture

Hollie received the Into The Streets Grant, a community-art project of The Town of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Arts Division with Jeff York. She has created an interactive arts program with The Corner Teens Center, staff and volunteers under the director Samathryn Witham, program assistant Jamie Sisk, and Bonnand UNC Bonner Leaders Mateo Carvalho and Sarah Henderson. Through a series of art experiences, the teens explore issues of identity, friendship, and community.

This community reception is free and open to all, and presented as part of the 2nd Friday Artwalk.

Artist Talk: FRANK Member Artists
May
4
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk: FRANK Member Artists

The artists at the helm of FRANK are driven by their love for creating and sharing their artwork, and using the arts to enrich the world around them. Working in a range of media from painting to woodwork, photography to ceramics and so much more, these artists make FRANK the gem it is, and offer the Chapel Hill and surrounding communities some of the best local art all in one place.

A group of FRANK member artists will be hosting an artist talk to discuss their latest work! All are welcome to join, their talk will cover topics such as processes, materials, inspirations and personal stories and histories that impacted their artmaking. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Artist Talk: Karen Youth Art Group
Apr
27
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk: Karen Youth Art Group

In April, the community gallery will once again feature the gallery’s primary outreach group - the Karen Youth Art Group. A small group of young Karen refugees have been working with FRANK member artists for several years now, and continue to work with artist mentors to sharpen their artmaking skills. Exhibiting artists include Ree Ree Wei, Lah Htoo Boh, Hla Win Tway, Hser Doh and Kwah Poe. Their work ranges from drawing, to digital art, to photography, touching on a wide range of subjects including personal interests and community and social issues.

On this evening, Lah Htoo Boh and others will talk about their projects, and how the KYAG has inspired their career paths and future goals.

Light refreshments will be served. 

7th Annual Off The Wall Fundraising Gala
Apr
22
6:00 pm18:00

7th Annual Off The Wall Fundraising Gala

Only 55 Art Tickets will be sold! Each Art Ticket holder will take an original piece of work of art home directly Off the Wall. FRANK artists and other well-known area artists have donated works of art to our 7th Annual Gala Celebration, each valued between $350 to $3,000 (or more)! During the event, excitement builds as the evening’s MC randomly draws names, allowing each Art Ticket holder to take a turn to select a piece of his or her choosing. 

All tickets include free signature and traditional drinks, and plenty of delicious food prepared by talented local chefs. Dress for the evening is artfully festive, but not black-tie formal.  Tickets can be purchased in person or online up to the day of the Gala (or until we sell out). We look forward to celebrating this wonderful event with you! 

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Opening Reception: Defining FRANK
Apr
14
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Defining FRANK

Join the FRANK member artists, staff, and board for our opening reception for our 7th Annual Members' Spotlight Exhibition.

Each of our 22 member artists will have their own mini exhibition of work that defines who they are as artists.

Refreshments will be served; free and open to the public.

Artist Talk: Sasha Bakaric, Peter Filene, Linwood Hart
Mar
16
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk: Sasha Bakaric, Peter Filene, Linwood Hart

FRANK Gallery’s roster includes seventy-five artists, representing nearly every artistic medium, style, and price point imaginable. The group of artists featured in the March exhibition at FRANK is no exception - Sasha Bakaric, Linwood Hart, and Peter Filene will all be highlighted in the gallery. They are three acclaimed local artists working in ceramics, mixed media, and photography, respectively. These artists have united to create a unique exhibition showcasing some of the wonderfully diverse works of art available at FRANK.

Join them for this very special evening to learn more about their influences, artwork, and processes. These special talks are a great opportunity to find out about how your favorite artists create the work you love!

Light refreshmetns will be served.

Opening Reception: March Featured Artists
Mar
10
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: March Featured Artists

Girl in Red, Peter Filene

Girl in Red, Peter Filene

Sasha Bakaric’s ceramic pieces are inspired by microscopic images of cells, viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms. She is intrigued by the dichotomy between the beauty in such images, and the fear they evoke. Bakaric states, “I love the idea of questioning our relationship with the world inside of us. In the same way as microorganisms are multiplying and spreading, so are my pieces.”

Linwood Hart is a painter and mixed media artist. He is known to embed objects in his canvases, and treat them with a variety layers and textures to incorporate them fully into the work a little bit at a time, often taking months, even years, to complete. He describes his work as an ongoing journey, filled with many unexpected twists and turns.

Art museums are Peter Filene’s muse. With a delicate eye, he takes his camera for a stroll, admiring the masterworks and awaiting a perfect, inevitable moment when the viewer becomes one with a work of art. “It may happen when a woman mimics Calder’s wire sculpture. Or when a girl in a red coat merges with Barnett Newman’s red canvas. Or when “bird” hovers over a man in a brown cap,” says Filene. 

Opening Reception: Meet Our Heroes
Mar
8
5:00 pm17:00

Opening Reception: Meet Our Heroes

This month in the Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery the Durham Academy 6th Graders will once present “Meet Our Heroes.” This exhibition of pop-up books, handcrafted and written by the students with guidance from FRANK artist Peg Gignoux, features nearly ninety books showcasing each child’s personal hero. 

We will host the DA student artists and families for a special reception on Wednesady, March 8 from 5-8PM. 

Science Lecture featuring Curator with the NC ZOO
Feb
23
6:00 pm18:00

Science Lecture featuring Curator with the NC ZOO

Join us for a special evening where art meets science! Meet Dustin Smith, Curator - Reptiles, Amphibians, Fish, & Invertebrates from the North Carolina Zoo. The NC Zoo is increasing its conservation efforts in support of critically endangered species. Dustin will discuss the NC Zoo’s amphibian conservation projects in North Carolina and Puerto Rico.

Presented by the Disappearing Frogs Project.

Light refreshments will be served.

Youth Art Classes with Bob Palmatier
Feb
18
11:00 am11:00

Youth Art Classes with Bob Palmatier

Student work; age 8

Student work; age 8

Join local artist, author, environmental educator, naturalist, and children’s illustrator Bob Palmatier in this unique Nature Illustration Lesson. Bob will bring live native frogs and salamanders for the artists to observe and recreate on paper or canvas.

Two 60 minute classes will be offered, 11:00AM and 1:00PM for ages 8-12 years old. Registration is required, click below to register your child. A $10.00 fee per person/per class includes supplies and instruction, payable via cash or check at the start of your session. 

Space is limited. We will confirm your spot via email after you sign up.

11AM Class is FULL, a few spots remain for 1PM, please call the gallery if you are interested in participating today.

LAST DAY to get your complimentary Companion Ticket to Off The Wall!
Feb
14
12:00 pm12:00

LAST DAY to get your complimentary Companion Ticket to Off The Wall!

Never attended Off the Wall?

Take advantage of our first time attendee offer! 
Purchase an art ticket by 2/14/17 and receive a complimentary Companion Ticket ($50 value)!

To redeem this special offer, please call or stop by the gallery during our regular business hours. Tickets purchased through the paypal link will be charged as indicated. 

Learn more about this great event and how it supports FRANK gallery.

Opening Reception: The Disappearing Frogs Project
Feb
10
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: The Disappearing Frogs Project

In addition, our Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery features the Disappearing Frogs Project. Founded on the premise of using the arts to illuminate an important environmental issue - the disappearance of the world’s amphibian population. This traveling art exhibition, hopping into FRANK in February, aims to change that through artwork created by regional artists. The Disappearing Frogs Project is a partner of the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), and together they are working to raise awareness of global amphibian declines, inspiring people to take personal action to protect these incredible species, and providing a unique opportunity for artists to support amphibian conservation, education, and research.

Check out more about this organization here.

Join us for a DFP event this February!

Opening Reception: Local Color
Feb
10
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Local Color

“All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites.” - Marc Chagall

Color. There is no one way to use it. Simply through color, an artist can evoke strong emotions and create deep meaning in their work. On a color wheel, opposing colors are considered complementary. In a painting, neighboring colors often energize one another. In a work of art, a single color can tell a profound story, many colors together can make a powerful statement. In a sense it is a community of individuals working in harmony, not unlike our own.

FRANK gallery is pleased to present Local Color, an exhibition showcasing our diverse range of work by our talented community of artists. Each piece has been chosen based on one of the most basic concepts of artmaking – color. This group show features painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, woodwork, and more, by our renowned collective of local and regional artists. Based on the theme of color, we will not only be presenting a range of works, styles, and prices, but will be creating a visual masterpiece curated by our outstanding FRANK Curatorial Committee.

Featured Artist Talk
Jan
19
6:00 pm18:00

Featured Artist Talk

Join our December and January featured artists for an evening of art and music. We welcome Nerys Levy, Carolyn Rugen, Mary Lamb, Ronan Peterson, and Emma Skurnick for a discussion of their work and Q&A. Also featuring music from Johnathan Bagg, viola player with the Ciompi Quartet.

Opening Reception: January Featured Artists
Jan
13
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: January Featured Artists

Mary Lamb
Ronan Peterson
Emma Skurnick

FRANK Gallery is ringing in the New Year with an exhibition of featured artists who unite to create a show that deeply explores both the natural and the mystical world. Mary Lamb, Ronan Peterson and Emma Skurnick show off their unique perspectives of the reality around them. Peterson’s ceramics, Lamb’s encaustics, and Skurnick’s paintings play off each other to create an engaging show for those with an interest in a variety of artistic mediums. 

CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Dec
24
Jan 3

CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Have a wonderful holiday season and very happy New Year! We will reopen for regular hours on Wednesday January 4, 2017!

Celebrating Orange Literacy
Dec
15
6:00 pm18:00

Celebrating Orange Literacy

Join us for an evening to celebrate the accomplishments of Orange Literacy, and organization whose mission is  to help adults reach their education, employment and life goals. We do this by providing free, flexible instruction in reading, writing and basic math, English and computer skills and GED preparation.

Special presenter, and student, Fidel Campos-Sorto will do the reading at this very special reception. He started with Orange Literacy as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) student and has since tested out of that program. He is now in the Adult Basic Ed program and is also studying for citizenship. He is excited to share ideas and offer a voice for himself and his classmates during this event.

We are also very pleased to announce special guest musicians Miles Andrews and Big Fat Gap, a Chapel Hill based Bluegrass Band (visit their site to learn more).

Planting Hope Reception and Celebration
Dec
11
2:00 pm14:00

Planting Hope Reception and Celebration

Our Michael and Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Gallery features original illustrations created for Planting Hope, a picture book project written and illustrated by kids for kids. The story tells the tale of a hard-working girl discovering a golden seed and together bringing unity and prosperity to a neglected garden. The project was developed through two consecutive teaching artist residencies and exemplifies working together. Thirty children, ages 5-12, wrote and illustrated this allegorical story to celebrate the way PORCH has united the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community in its fight against local hunger.

St. Nick Collection Kick-Off
Dec
9
6:00 pm18:00

St. Nick Collection Kick-Off

Art is medicine for the soul.

Paint, brushes, crayons, paper can’t cure cancer, but they do help people transcend suffering and worry. That’s why the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and FRANK Gallery collaborate to provide art supplies to patients and their caregivers in the N.C. Cancer Hospital. The program is called the Oncology Expressive Arts Program and they need your help!

The Oncology Expressive Arts Program at the N.C. Cancer Hospital is one of FRANK Gallery’s many community-outreach programs. Every holiday season, the FRANK artists and our caring community members gather a small mountain of art supplies at the gallery to help spread cheer through the arts, and allow this incredible program to begin their year off with a freshly stocked supply of materials.

We will be collecting items beginning December 1, with our annual celebration of this wonderful program and it's staff taking place as part of our 2nd Friday Artwalk on Friday, December 9th. All "Artwalkers" are encouraged, but not required, to bring an item to donate to the bin. 

For the full list of suggested supplies, please click here. 

Natural Forces Opening Reception
Dec
9
6:00 pm18:00

Natural Forces Opening Reception

FRANK’s current featured exhibition looks at the grandness of nature, both in the immense landscapes that surround us, and the microscopic elements that are the building blocks of all things living. Painters Nerys Levy and Carolyn Rugen look to the beauty in their surroundings for inspiration. Levy working on site during her travels, capturing the greenery and enormity of the British countryside. Rugen working locally, painting the serene views from the windows of her home in the heart of Chapel Hill. In addition, jeweler Julie Brooks creates simple graphite drawings on her “sugar coated” enamel surfaces. These drawings highlight DNA structures, viruses, and cells, and the addition of hints of gold and stones highlights these components as precious jewels.