Sertoma Arts Center

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:28 am
Sertoma Arts Center

Located in the heart of Shelley Lake Park, Sertoma Arts Center is a fun, creative destination for all ages, offering classes and workshops in painting, drawing, photography, pottery, performing arts and more, along with exhibitions, studio spaces, group support and community outreach. Sertoma's outreach partners include the North Carolina Arts Council and Wake County Public Schools.

January - April 2015 Classes
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Sertoma Arts Center will be closed all day Thursday, February 26.

Hours, Location and Contact Information

Monday - Thursday: 9am to 10pm
Friday: 9am to 1pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sunday: 12-5pm

Hours are subject to change. Please call if you have questions regarding hours of operation, holidays, class make-up/cancellations or inclement weather.

1400 West Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612

Front Desk: 919-996-2329 | Email

Director: Julia Meder
Assistant Director: Kendal Draper

2014 Calendar: Gallery / Workshops / Special Events

All month / Gallery: Michael Morrison, Arron Foster, Linda Ayers
5 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm
25 / Workshop: Portrait Painters

All month / Gallery: Paint Your HeART Out & Laura Teague, Michelle Lang
1 / Special Event: Paint Your HeART Out Scholarship Fundraiser

All month / Gallery: National Youth Arts Month
2 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm
15 / Workshop: Intro to Encaustic Painting, 10:30am-2:30pm

All month / Gallery: Sertoma Park Artists
6 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm
16 & 23 / Workshop: Wall Clock Face

All month / Gallery: Debra Naves, Amanda Dicken, Frances Parsons
4 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm

All month / Gallery: Cari Grindem-Corbett, Claudia Jackson, Steve Karloski
1 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm
25 & 26 / Workshop: Oil Painting and Drawing - The Portrait

All month / Gallery: Eric Krouse, Meera Goyal, Raleigh Miniatures Guild
6 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm
13 / Workshop: Intro to Close-Up and Macro Photography

All month / Gallery: Eric Krouse, Meera Goyal, Raleigh Miniatures Guild
16 & 17 / Workshop: Intro to Nature and Wildlife Photography
23 & 24 / Workshop: Enhancing Your Handbuilding Skills

All month / Gallery: TBC
6 / Workshop: Paste Paper; Workshop: Basic Plaster Mold Making
7 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm
13 / Workshop: Intro to Plein Air
14 / Workshop: Mini Throwing Clinic
27 / Workshop: Mat It, Frame It, Hang It

All month / Gallery: Sertoma Portrait Painters
4 & 5 / Workshop: Long Stitch
5 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm
11 & 12 / Workshop: Faces and Figures
18 / Fall Arts Fair
25 & 26 / Workshop: The Color of People;
Workshop: Intro to Panoramic Photography

All month / Gallery: Student / Instructor / Patron Show
2 / Artist Reception, 2-4pm
8 / Workshop: Intro to Stock Photography
8 & 9 / Workshop: Paper Weaving
15 & 16 / Workshop: Dying to Dye
18 / Sertoma Salon Sale

All month / Gallery: TBC
6 & 7 / Workshop: Linoleum Block Printing
7 / Painting Winter Ornaments

Gallery/Exhibit Program

"Sir Walter" by Larry Dean (Acrylic)

Sertoma showcases emerging artists living and/or working in and around Wake County, along with special themed exhibits such as National Youth Arts Month, the Paint Your heART Out scholarship fundraiser, the Sertoma Student/Instructor/Patron exhibit, and Sertoma's co-sponsored artist group exhibits. Artists working in 2D and 3D are encouraged to apply. This is a family friendly facility - please bear this in mind when submitting exhibit requests.

Raleigh Room The Raleigh Room gallery is our largest exhibit space, located in a multipurpose room on the main floor.

Hallway Space The Hallway gallery is located on the main floor and runs through the center of the facility.

Display Cases Glass display cases with four non-adjustable glass shelves are located on the main floor. The front desk display case offers adjustable shelves.

Deadline: October 4, 2014
We are seeking 2D and 3D works from artists 18 years of age and up, residing and/or working in Wake County and surrounding areas. As a community exhibition space for the City of Raleigh, the Sertoma Gallery has introduced hundreds of artists and encourages the display of new and emerging artists, including undergraduate and graduate students. Exhibitions will be scheduled on a two-month basis. Artists selected for 2015 will be notified by November 1, 2014.

Submission Form

For more information, email with “Gallery Submissions 2015” in the subject line.

Painting and Drawing

Cardinal Room Painting and Drawing Participant

Painting and drawing are the foundations of making art. Sertoma's classes and workshops offer a range of experiences in the basic mediums for beginner through advanced students.

Studio Information

  • Large open space filled with windows and natural light
  • Balcony access perfect for plein air art making
  • Tabletop and floor easels
  • Reference materials for in-house use
  • Models, stands, lighting and still-life props available


Sertoma Raku Firing Finished Pieces

The pottery program builds clay-working skills for beginner through advanced students. Classes and workshops include handbuilding, wheel throwing, decorative techniques, glaze techniques and more.

All clay must be purchased from Sertoma. Glaze and two firings are included in the price for studio card holders and students. There is a small charge for additional firings. Glazes must be approved.

Studio Information

  • Spacious work studio with more than a dozen wheels
  • Separate work areas for glazing, handbuilding and wheel throwing
  • Slab roller and extruder
  • Regular firing of electric kilns, with Cone 6 Oxidation electric firing the primary method. A Cone 10 gas kiln is fired approximately once a month, and Raku firings are scheduled as needed. Works are fired in 7-14 days.
  • On-site store with a selection of tools and clay for registered students and studio card holders

Pottery Studio & Calendar

Raleigh residents and non-residents can participate in our pottery programs either by taking classes or by purchasing a studio card that will allow them to work independently when classes are not in session. Participants are eligible to purchase a studio card after they have completed a qualifying class.

Pottery Studio Card Holders and students currently enrolled in pottery classes have access to tools and equipment in the Pottery Studio during open studio time. The Studio is open for use by Studio Card Holders and current pottery students any time during our normal hours of operation when classes are not in the studio. Our Google Studio calendar identifies when classes are using the Studio.

As a reminder, if there are two classes taking place simultaneously in the Studio, the entire Studio is closed.


Elephants by Jennifer Lawrence Photo Instructor

Photography classes taught by professional photographers range from basics to shooting techniques and more. Our photography program is currently transitioning from a traditional to a digital format.

Mat Cutting

Wood Working Class

Studio Information

  • Spacious studios
  • Reference materials for in-house use
  • Large open areas available
  • Professional grade oval and round mat cutter

Performing and Movement Arts

Nia instructor Julie Ihrig leading a class

Sertoma offers a wide range of experiences for beginner through advanced students in dance, music, theater, yoga and exercise.

Studio Information

  • Large open space
  • Upright piano
  • Surround sound system with CD, dual tape deck and microphone hook-up
  • Theater lighting system
  • Rotating gallery exhibit on walls

Youth and Teen Programs

Art is for every age

From preschool through teens, art in all its forms is a wonderful way for children to grow, cognitively and expressively. Young artists can explore their creativity in a fun, inclusive environment instructed by nurturing professional artists. Sertoma offers a wide variety of classes, workshops and mini "camp" sessions ranging from performing arts to clay, painting, yoga, creative movement and more. Most materials are included with course enrollment.

Program Information

  • Summer visual and performing arts camps
  • Home school arts fall through spring
  • Mom and Me classes
  • Students can participate in the "Art Attack" youth exhibit celebrating National Youth Art Month
  • Teens are eligible to register for many adult programs in addition to teen programs. Check age requirements for adult classes before registering.
  • New programs are developed regularly
  • Spacious, clean working environment
  • Child-size tables, chairs, easels, aprons and drying racks provided as needed


Rental space is available for special events throughout the year at Sertoma and nearby Williams Park.

Raleigh Room
Indoor venue. Capacity: 100 seated, 200 standing. $70/hr. (2 hours minimum)

Cardinal Room
Indoor venue. Capacity: 25 seated, 40 standing. $60/hr. (2 hours minimum)

Crabtree Valley Room

Indoor venue. Capacity: 25. $35/hr. (2 hours minimum)

Rentals Brochure


In the late 1970s, Dorothy Elwood and the Citizens Advisory Council spearheaded a survey committee to find out what type of community center Raleigh residents needed. The results pointed overwhelming to a second community arts center. At the time, the Pullen Arts Center was the City of Raleigh's only arts-focused center and was running over capacity. In April 1979, the City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department opened the doors to the brand new Sertoma Arts Center. "Sertoma" stands for Service to Mankind.

"Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us."
- Roy Adzak

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