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.

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.

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.

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.)


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.

Volunteers for Youth Educational Forum
Nov
16
6:00 pm18:00

Volunteers for Youth Educational Forum

Middle school is a crucial time for youth to have support and affirmation in developing their academic and social identities. Students’ likelihood of developing healthy relationships with peers and teachers and thriving in school is largely determined by their middle school experience and influences their pathways to success in their postsecondary (adult) education, health, and careers. Parents, teachers, school support staff, school boards, community-based organizational leaders, and community elected officials are key players in cultivating an environment where every middle school student can thrive regardless of their socioeconomic background, race/ethnicity, or ability status. “Navigating Middle School”, a public education forum, will be a space where stakeholders in the education of students in Orange County schools can combine experience and perspectives to strategize ways to maximize their support of middle school students in their distinct roles. Panelists will include A.L. Stanback Middle School Social Worker, Aviva Scully; Boomerange Executive Director, Tami Pfeifer; Orange County Schools School Community Relations Coordinator, Amy Franks; A.L. Stanback Middle School ESL Teacher, Esmeralda Rodriguez.

Opening Reception: I Dream of Me
Nov
11
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: I Dream of Me

I Dream of Me was a pilot project conducted at AL Stanback Middle School in collaboration with FRANK Gallery Community Outreach Programs, Chapel Hill’s Volunteers for Youth, and the Family Success Alliance. It was designed to work with middle school children, addressing the issues of identity, self-expression, and culture. Emphasis for the young teens was placed on sharing their stories and using photography as an impetus to create art collages to express their strengths and dreams for the future.

The extended curriculum is designed by Barbara Tyroler and adapted from the book, A Creative Guide to Exploring Your Life, Self-Reflection Using Photography, Art, and Writing, by Ramsay and Sweet. A team of social workers, community educators, and artists work with young teens to create art incorporating photographic self-portraits. As the students work on the project, they are asked to consider family, roots, culture, who they are, how they present themselves to each other for affirmation and validation, and ultimately how they find meaning and contribution. The project culminates in a final public exhibition and reception for their peers, family members, and local schools. An education forum for community workers is created to discuss issues considered relevant.

A Creative Partnership with

The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Community Outreach Program of the FRANK Gallery

AL Stanback Quicksilver Middle School Afterschool Program with Stanback Social Worker Aviva Scully and art teacher Wesley Barnhouse

Volunteers for Youth, Director Susan Worley

Family Success Alliance, Amber Majors, Master’s candidate UNC School of Social Work

Artists Educators Hollie Taylor Novak and Barbara Tyroler

Opening Reception: Holiday Boutique
Nov
11
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: Holiday Boutique

FRANK is more than just a gallery. We represent over 75 local and regional artists, giving us a huge selection of fun, fresh, beautiful and carefully crafted gifts that are perfect for your loved ones. This November, we showcase potter Erik Haagensen’s whimsical, goofy, and hilarious pieces. Each piece is brightly colored with decals featuring original illustrations that give these functional pieces the perfect touch for anyone on your list. In addition to Haagensen’s array of cups, bowls, vases, and small containers, we will have a great selection of “giftables” for any budget including artwork, jewelry, cards, prints, and other items from our diverse group of artists. And don’t forget to grab a few FRANK gift certificates for those “hard to buy for” art lovers on your list! 

Opening Reception: View from the Edge, Paintings by Carroll Lassiter
Nov
11
6:00 pm18:00

Opening Reception: View from the Edge, Paintings by Carroll Lassiter

Carroll Lassiter’s landscapes explore the open spaces and rural scenery of Central and Eastern North Carolina, capturing the charm that can be found on back highways and farmland belonging to past generations. With so much scrutiny and tension mounting around our state as politics and strong partisan views hold strong to our attention this season, it is easy to forget the incredible beauty, rich agricultural history, and cultural significance that North Carolina possesses.

Lassiter has created a series that include both small studies and large scale paintings. Within these, she beautifully captures the awe inspiring views of our landscape. Those perfect moments when the sun catches the mist in the early morning, the grey clouds that delicately expose the cold bareness of the winter landscape, and the lush greens that envelope the earth throughout the warmer months. In her larger pieces, she creates towering clouds against Carolina blue skies that define the vastness of the spaces; the smaller works are carefully scaled to create the illusion of expanse.  

 Traveling frequently to the coast from her home near Carrboro, North Carolina, Lassiter is always equipped with a camera and sketchbook so she can pause to document the scenery on a moment’s notice. Frequenting the same routes, she finds transformations continuously occur as the result of weather, seasons, and even the time of day, allowing her to capture a variety of moods within her paintings. 

Reception: Orange County Open Studio Tour Preview Exhibition
Nov
3
6:00 pm18:00

Reception: Orange County Open Studio Tour Preview Exhibition

Join us for the kick-off celebration of the Orange County Artist Guild's 22nd Annual Open Studio Tour, November 5-6 & 12-13, 2016. FRANK will once again be hosting a preview show during the weeks of the tour, highlighting one work by each participating OCAG artist. We are a great starting point to grab your brochure, plan your route, and head out on the self guided studio tour of the Orange County Artist Guild. 

This year they will have 83 artists at 66 studio locations all over Orange County.

A digital version of the map can also be found here. 

Ceramics Trunk Show and Sale
Oct
22
10:00 am10:00

Ceramics Trunk Show and Sale

Join FRANK artists for an afternoon of shopping! We will have some of your favorite FRANK potters and ceramicists on site with a selection of work for this one-day-only sale. They will be available to answer questions, discuss their work, and hopefully send you home with a new favorite piece of artwork!

Trunk show participants include:

  • Sasha Bakaric
  • Susan Filley
  • Cathy Kiffney
  • Emily Lees
  • Linda Prager
  • Pat Saling
  • Betsy Vaden
Talk and Museum Photography Collection Tour
Oct
20
6:00 pm18:00

Talk and Museum Photography Collection Tour

  • Ackland Art Museum

FRANK:inFocus will partner with the Ackland Art Museum to host a talk about the history of photography and to tour the Ackland's photographic collection.

One of FRANK Gallery's founding members, Alan Dehmer, will be giving a talk "From Representation Analogy: An Early History of Photography." Following the talk, Lauren Turner, the Assistant Curator for the Collection at the Ackland, will guide a tour through the museum's photography collection.

Contact Barbara Tyroler for more information.

From Concept to Gallery Reception
Oct
16
2:00 pm14:00

From Concept to Gallery Reception

  • FRANK Gallery

George Entenman, Durward Rogers, and FRANK Gallery's Member Artist Barbara Tyroler are working with Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies to host a workshop that teaches students the ins-and-outs of the photographic process. The workshop takes students through the design, creation, editing, and printing processes of taking a photo from the initial conceptual stage, to the hanging on a gallery wall.

Join us at FRANK Gallery as we celebrate the hard work of these students! Their work will be featured in the Community Outreach Gallery alongside work by The Durham VOICE, Jock Lauterer, UNC School of Media and Journalism, and Triangle Visual Artists.

5th Annual FRANK:inFocus Photography Exhibition: Opening Reception & Meet the Artists
Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

5th Annual FRANK:inFocus Photography Exhibition: Opening Reception & Meet the Artists

  • FRANK Gallery

At FRANK, October means photography, and to kick of this special season the FRANK Gallery is hosting the opening reception to our FRANK:inFocus Photography Festival! On October 14th, come out to the gallery, where you can meet the artists, see their work, and engage with other members of the community.

The FRANK:inFocus photography exhibition will be running from Oct. 11th - Nov. 8th. FRANK is excited to display the work of our Member Artists Alan Dehmer, Peter Filene, Bill McAllister, John Rosenthal, and Barbara Tyroler alongside the work of special guest artists Diana H. Bloomfield, Carolyn Demeritt, and Aspen Hochhalter.

Pots in the Piedmont Opening Reception
Oct
14
6:00 pm18:00

Pots in the Piedmont Opening Reception

The piedmont region of North Carolina has become a destination for pottery lovers and collectors. The area is rich with a vast and diverse population of potters who embrace and expand upon the history and tradition of ceramics in the south. Our featured exhibition in October, Pots in the Piedmont, showcases a group of more than a dozen ceramicists and potters, from Raleigh to Seagrove, who share an emphasis on functional form in both sculptural and practical pieces. Among the artists presented at FRANK this fall, some continue to create using traditional forms that are strongly rooted in the undeniable style of NC pottery, and others find inspiration towards a more contemporary aesthetic. 

Featuring:

Carolyn Doyle
Charlie Evergreen
Carol Gentithes
Barbara Higgins
Daniel Johnson
Kate Johnson
Fred Johnston
Molly Lithgo
Julie Olson
Liz Paley
Marilyn Palsha
Gillian Parke
Gretchen Quinn
Jennifer Stass
Charlie Tefft
Brad Tucker
Evelyn Ward