Workshops at FRANK Gallery


*NEW* Coffee and Donuts Educational Series

FRANK is excited to announce a free series of Saturday morning classes starting on February 2nd. These classes will take place every first Saturday of the month (with the exception of April) and will all be taught by FRANK artists. Everyone is invited to participate in these fun and educational classes that will cover a different topic every month including; understanding prints and the differences in types, intro to art buying, art techniques, and much more! Bring a spouse, friend, family member and enjoy listening to professional artists discuss a range of topics while sipping on some coffee, ahh!

Click on the link below to read an article by Pranav Chintalapudi about our Coffee and Donuts Series

Painter, Nerys Levy

Painter, Nerys Levy

: Coffee and Donuts Talk Fee: FREE! When: Saturday, February 2nd from 10-11am Where: FRANK Gallery

Meet Your Teacher: Nerys Levy

Mixed Media Artist, Sudie Rakusin

Mixed Media Artist, Sudie Rakusin

Description: Coffee and Donuts Talk Fee: FREE!
Saturday, March 2nd from 10-11am Where: FRANK Gallery

Meet Your Teacher: Sudie Rakusin

**we will be skipping April AND May **

Jean LeCluyse illustrating

Jean LeCluyse illustrating

Description: Coffee and Donuts Talk Fee: FREE!
Saturday, June 1st from 10-11am Where: FRANK Gallery

Meet Your Teacher:

Stay Tuned for the Lineup of Fall 2019 Classes!

2018 Workshops



Saturday, October 27th

Description: The best camera is the one that you have with you. Maybe that’s why the iPhone has become the predominant camera in use today, and why more images are taken with iPhones than any other camera. Today’s iPhones and iPads are entirely self-contained and designed to capture, edit, store, and share images-  all from the same platform. This course will enable iPhone users to understand and master the feature-rich camera and image management functions.

Topics will include:

  • how to access and use the built-in camera app;

  • improving images using apps;

  • how to organize, store, and share images

  •   in-class practice on using the iPhone for travel, portrait, and abstract photography. 

Throughout the course, students will have opportunities to practice and share in an open, noncritical environment. 

At the end of class, a representative of the Print and Frame Shop will present the opportunity for participating in an exhibit at the store. Class attendees will be given the option to print and display images for a photo exhibit to be held at the store in December and January. 


  • Students should have an iPhone 6 or later with adequate storage available to add one or two apps.

  • Familiarity with the use of internet and e-mail is required.

  • Additional costs:

  • Students may be asked to buy additional apps at a total cost of less than $10.

Fee: $50
Saturday, October 27 from 10-2pm Where: FRANK Gallery

Meet Your Teacher: Dennis Szerszen, retired from the software industry to become a full-time fine art photographer. He is a member of Triangle Visual Artists and a staff photographer for a local magazine. Dennis also volunteers with the Frank Gallery’s Karen Youth Arts Group.

Contact: Natalie Knox from FRANK Gallery for more information 919-636-4135



Illuminating Creativity: gilded vellum print demonstration

Saturday, November 17th


Lis Tyroler will be conducting a hands-on demonstration of the process she uses to apply Gold Leaf to prints on Vellum. Lis uses this technique as an opportunity for tactile, creativity-inspiring play in a digital world. Unpredictable and finicky, different applications of the adhesive and leaf will yield wildly different results! Lis will demonstrate each step of the process, as well as providing a brief opportunity for students to experiment with the materials themselves. 

Fee: free (but please register via the button below)

When: Saturday, November 17th from 10-12pm

Where: in FRANK’s Community Gallery (on the Southern Seasons end of the mall across from the Verizon store)

Meet Your Teacher: Lis Tyroler is a Durham portrait photographer, specializing in boudoir and branding. Her past careers include social work clinician and researcher, theatrical designer, cosmetologist, and entrepreneur. Her photography is informed by therapeutic principles, body-positivity, unconditional positive regard, feminism, and collaborative practice. She believes that photography has the potential to serve as a radical act of self-discovery and acceptance, exploration, and empowerment. She works out of a small restored barn in the Straw Valley garden

 Contact: Natalie Knox from FRANK Gallery for more information 919-636-4135


Spring/Summer Classes Hosted by FRANK Artists

Join FRANK ARtists as they teach a variety of classes all in their own specialized techniques. All skill levels are encouraged to attend.

Encaustic Photography Workshop; Creating a Fine Art Heirloom Legacy Print


Get motivated to organize those old family photos from the garage and storage boxes, miscellaneous albums, and deteriorating plastic sheets! Get motivated to explore, preserve, distribute, and display your digital file collections and choose those special images for future printing, framing, or constructing additional safe backup storage.

 In this 2-part introductory series, students will have the opportunity to share and discuss selected family photographs from their personal family photo archives. We will discuss which ones are meaningful, salvageable, and what they represent for your legacy to future generations. We will provide additional resources for storage and preservation.

 Barbara will produce a scanned and “cleaned up” print from your collection. Mary will then introduce you to encaustic wax materials and techniques and show you how use encaustics to transform your print into fine art.

 Contact the artists or gallery for more information. Class limited to 6.

Fee: $165, Materials $30

When: Saturday 6/9/18 from 1-4pm and Sunday 6/10/18 from 1-4pm

Teachers: Mary Lamb and Barbara Tyroler

Where: at FRANK gallery

What to Bring: 10 carefully selected favorite family photographs from any time in your life! on paper or in a family album, flash drive, iPad, other electronic device or fully charged laptop.



Mary Stone Lamb and Barbara Tyroler are two acclaimed local artists as well as FRANK Gallery members. Mary is a very talented hyper-realistic, encaustic and mixed media artist and Barbara is an innovative photographer who specializes in many techniques from portraits to layered multimedia collaborations and collages. All experience levels are encouraged to attend, no prior knowledge required. Techniques will be reviewed as needed in each session, and will be expanded upon for repeat participants.

All funds raised from these workshops support this program, and FRANK Gallery, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.