The Block Gallery
Office of Raleigh Arts
Located on the first and second floors of the Raleigh Municipal Building, The Block Gallery offers five to six exhibitions each year featuring works by artists who live or work in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County. Exhibitions are scheduled through a call for artists, juried by a selection panel of visual arts professionals, Raleigh Arts Commissioners and City staff.
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION
BONDED LLAMA STUDIOS
June 1 – July 22, 2016
Artists Reception | First Friday, June 3, 5-7pm
Curated by Ann Marie Kennedy, studio manager at Bonded Llama Studios
Bonded Llama Studios
In 2005, Raleigh artists Tracy Spencer Stonestreet and Matthew Goldfarb began brainstorming about creating a shared studio space for artists that would be affordable and communal, promoting encouragement, motivation and accountability within the shared space. In 2006, they finished rehabbing a former office building in the Raleigh Bonded Warehouse complex and began leasing spaces to artists. This cooperative workspace has endured in Raleigh’s downtown Capital Boulevard area, becoming a landmark of sorts. In 2016 it will celebrate its 10-year anniversary. Its rambling, interconnected rooms have housed nearly 40 artists over the past decade. The cooperative exists today as a dynamic cornerstone of the Raleigh art scene, primarily as the working space for professional visual artists. The building engages with the public through annual Open Houses and occasional installations/events. One recent installation was the Hell Cave, a cardboard and paper-mache cave created in the basement by Sherry di Filippo and friends. The cave served as the backdrop for a music video and was briefly open to the public.
Bonded Llama Studios are located at 1505 Capital Boulevard in a structure that originally served as an office building for Norman Edward Edgerton's cotton distribution business. The building maintains its configuration as an office space, often serving as an incubation chamber since artists need to walk through each other’s spaces to get to their own. This framework has fostered connections and constructive dialogue. Bonded Llama is open to artists who respect shared working space and creativity, and has embraced a wide range of styles and working processes.
This exhibit features works of current and former Bonded Llama artists: Sherry Di Filippo, David Eichenberger, Raymond Goodman, Ann Marie Kennedy, Sean Kernick, Cayce Lee, Luke Miller Buchanan, Jennifer Partridge, Shelley Smith, Tracy Spencer Stonestreet and Derek Toomes.
About the Curator
Artist and papermaker Ann Marie Kennedy is a current member of Bonded Llama Studios in Raleigh. In her installations and works on paper, she uses natural materials to create narratives about human connections and experiences. She is an associate professor at Wake Tech Community College and a former resident artist at Penland School of Crafts (2001-2004). Her installations and works on paper have been exhibited in the Gregg Museum and Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina and the Cantor Art Gallery in Massachusetts. Her artists’ books and editions are in many permanent collections, including Yale University, Bucknell University, University of Iowa and the Library of Congress. She received her MFA in intermedia/sculpture from the University of Iowa.
above (left to right):
Raymond Goodman, Sean Barker, Part & Parcel Farm, Wake Co.
Tracy Spencer Stonestreet, Teapot from Dragging
Luke Miller Buchanan, Hills #1
Gallery is scheduled through July 2017.
Eligibility requirements for the Block Gallery are as follows:
- Applicants must be eighteen years of age or older and residing or working in Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Orange or Wake County for at least one year by the application due date.
- Artists applying to the Block Gallery must have participated in two juried or invitational shows in the past five years.
- Commercial gallery representatives are not eligible to apply on behalf of artists or as curators, although artists represented by a commercial gallery are eligible to apply individually.
- Curators may propose an exhibit for the Block Gallery or for the Block Gallery's second-floor cases. All artists included in the curator's proposal must meet the eligibility requirements for artists who apply individually.
The Block Gallery was designed to serve as one of the city's premier exhibition spaces. Managed by the Office of Raleigh Arts, the gallery has introduced close to 200 artists to area residents and visitors since its inception in 1984. Dedicated in 2006 to honor community leader Miriam Preston Block, its marble walls and impressive staircase provide an ideal setting for art.
In accordance with the mission "to connect local artists to community through ongoing exhibitions and public outreach," the Block Gallery fosters great artists and great art.
BLOCK GALLERY EXHIBITED ARTISTS
Luke Miller Buchanan
Mary Kay Kennedy
Georges Le Chevallier
BLOCK2 EXHIBITED ARTISTS
Kia Mercedes Carscallen
David Colagiovanni and Melissa Haviland
Location and Hours
222 West Hargett Street
M-F, 8:30am - 5:15pm (open until 7pm on opening reception nights)