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The Block Gallery

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jul. 25, 2016 - 3:36 pm
Caitlin Cary, Krispy Kreme, Raleigh, NC, 2015, fabric collage on paper; Adam Bellefeuil, East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC, 2014, archival pigment print; Rachel Campbell, Neighborhood Watch (detail), 2016, oil on polycotton

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.

UPCOMING EXHIBITION

SEEING BEYOND THE STRUCTURES [PORTRAITS OF THE LANDSCAPE]
Adam Bellefeuil, Rachel Campbell, Caitlin Cary
August 3 – September 16, 2016
Artists Reception | First Friday, August 5, 5-7pm

Curated by Stacy Bloom Rexrode, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections

“Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape.” ~ Janet Fitch, author

Landscape artists of the past endeavored to capture the majestic scenery that was often far removed from most people’s lives. By contrast, the artists of Seeing Beyond the Structures [Portraits of the Landscape] have chosen to memorialize the modest structures we interact with in our daily environment. We stroll through residential streets, drive past fading buildings and visit neighborhood businesses without really considering their sense of place and what they might mean to the communities and individuals occupying them. The works in this exhibition challenge us to stop and take notice. As viewers, we find commonality in these images—urban landscapes that go beyond what is captured on the surface to delve into stories of the lives and livelihoods behind them.

Framing the quiet moments of his Raleigh neighborhood, Adam Bellefeuil captures intimate images as he roams the streets after dark, armed with a tripod and a regular lens set for long exposure times. He states, “The photographs I find most interesting are deceptive in a way; on the surface they appear to be objective documents, but the good ones often leave the viewer with unanswered questions.”

Representing the overlooked and undervalued in a medium often associated with venerating society’s elite offers a bit of a twist, which is exactly painter Rachel Campbell’s intention. Her use of saturated color, sometimes-quirky subject matter and a sense of humor is paired with the darker undertone of real stories and the grasping for a sense of belonging. Campbell explains, “No matter what an environment might be, it always is or has been home to someone, and part of a cycle of a life lived.” It is this story that Campbell wishes to honor.

It seems only suitable to render in various textiles the landmarks and buildings that serve as the fabric of Raleigh and its surrounding areas. Caitlin Cary’sneedle prints,” a form of fabric collage, provide the perfect rendered-materiality metaphor for her subject. She captures not only the texture and surface of the structures, but also the grit and soul often associated with their history. “[These crafted landscapes] engender feelings of fondness, remembrance, reverence, memorial,” says Cary.

Whether intentionally or not, each of these artists is preserving the urban history of these spaces, serving as a conduit of information.

Images above (left to right):
Caitlin Cary, Krispy Kreme, Raleigh, NC, 2015, fabric collage on paper
Adam Bellefeuil, East Jones Street, Raleigh, NC, 2014, archival pigment print
Rachel Campbell, Neighborhood Watch (detail), 2016, oil on polycotton

Artist Calls

The Block 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.

History

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.

Exhibited Artists

BLOCK GALLERY EXHIBITED ARTISTS

2015

Denee’ Black

Jaclyn Bowie

Brandon Cordrey

Melinda Fine

Arron Foster

Brian Gonzales

Scott Hazard

Shannon Johnstone

Judy Jones

Anna Kenar

Jon Kolkin

Susan Martin

Jennifer Page

Brandon Sanderson

Rodica Simon

Felicia van Bork

Erik Waterkotte

2014

Ryan Cummings

Gabrielle Duggan

Ross Ford

Titus Brooks Heagins

Becky Joye

Joyce Watkins King

Mary Kircher

Gracelee Lawrence

Cindy Morefield

Nora Phillips

Stacy Bloom Rexrode

Michael Schwalbe

Meg Stein

Sarah West

2013

Marty Baird

Nancy Baker

Susan Brabeau

Luke Miller Buchanan

Jason Craighead

Jessica Dupuis

Kiki Farrish

Amy Friend

Richard Garrison

Heather Gordon

Julie Anne Greenberg

Greg Kemp

Ann Marie Kennedy

Gretchen Morrissey

Kenneth Eugene Peters

Anna Podris

Holden Richards

Shaun Richards

Kristianne Ripple

Ann Roth

Ginny Runge

Carol Joy Shannon

Mary Storms

Anthony Ulinski

Sally VanGorder

Jimmy Williams

2012

Susan Brabeau

Teddy Devereux

Gerri Fernandez

Ron Flory

Adam Hajnos

Lucartha Kohler

Janine LeBlanc

Lydia Anne McCarthy

Chance Murray

Keith Norval

Christina Preher

Ellie Reinhold

Ian Sands

Julian Thomas

Nathan Wellman

Mia Yoon

2011

Daniel Allegrucci

Nancy Baker

Wolf Bolz

Marina Bosetti

Jenny Eggleston

Kiki Farrish

Heather Gordon

Greg Kemp

Ann Marie Kennedy

Soni Martin

Susan Martin

Steve McClure

Gretchen Morrissey

Teresa Pigeon

Ann Roth

Brandon Sanderson

Aditya Shringarpure

Mike Sonnichen

Christopher Williams

Jimmy Williams

2010

Jason Arthurs

Kathy Brancato

Gabriella Corter

Gene Furr

Brian Gonzales

Mary Shannon Johnstone

Judy Jones

Mary Kay Kennedy

Eduardo Lapetina

Georges Le Chevallier

Maureen McGregor

Tricia McKellar

Julie Niskanen

Alison Overton

Kenneth Eugene Peters

Anna Podris

Kristianne Ripple

Mikel Robinson

Garrett Scales

Kristan Five Skinner

Susan Soper

Bill Wallace

BLOCK2 EXHIBITED ARTISTS

2013

Adam Graetz

Michael Iauch

Drew Robertson

2012

Kia Mercedes Carscallen

David Colagiovanni and Melissa Haviland

Travis Donovan

Marc Russo

Seoun Som

Jeff Whetstone

2011

Lynden Harris

Jessye McDowell

Ali Colleen Neff

Wenhua Shi

Francesca Talenti

Nicole Welch

2010

A/V Geeks

Lincoln Hancock

Miles Holst


Tim Kiernan


Irene Moon

Location and Hours

222 West Hargett Street
M-F, 8:30am - 5:15pm (open until 7pm on opening reception nights)

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