Art Walk features sculpture pour, Storefront exhibits
The centerpiece of the twice annual Durham Art Walk and Market is visual art. The Durham Arts Council produces the walk to encourage visitors to buy local visual art.
The Arts Council Building, 120 Morris St., is the epicenter of the self-guided walk. Visitors may pick up a map at the building, which will direct them to 31 different sites, where more than 200 artists will have their work on view and for sale.
During this weekend’s Art Walk and Spring Market, visitors also watch the process as some metal artists make their sculptures. For the first time during an art walk, Liberty Arts will be pouring new sculptures at the George Watts Hill Pavilion in Durham Central Park (Saturday only).
The artists will start heating the furnace at 9 a.m. in preparation for the pour, which is expected to begin at 11 a.m., said Jackie Macleod, president of Liberty Arts. Tripp Jarvis, Cassandra Gooding and Michael Lupa – all artists at Liberty – will be working on new projects.
While the metal pours are hot, visitors may watch the process at a safe distance on the Durham Central Park lawn. After the sculptures cool, visitors will be able to take a closer look, Macleod said.
During Art Walk, visitors also may tour four new art installations from the Durham Storefront Project, an organization that encourages placing art in underused buildings. At Center Studio Architecture, 107 E. Chapel Hill St., Saba Barnard’s painting “Durham is for Everyone” is on view. Barnard’s installation has seven hanging sheets of plastic, each with a different painting, creating a multi-layered set of images -- including a standing woman and an outline of Durham’s skyline. Viewers can look at the hangings from different angles to see the variations in the panels.
Sara Spencer White’s piece at Land Loss Prevention Project, 401 N. Mangum St., is titled “The Burden of Carrying.” In two separate windows, White has created sculptures that include an open suitcase containing sculptures that resemble electric lamps.
Other artists who will contribute to the Storefront Project are Amanda Small (at a location to be determined) and William Paul Thomas, who will do an installation at The Makery at Mercury Studio, 401 W. Geer St.
A walking tour of all Storefront exhibits will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at The Carrack Modern Art, 111 W. Parrish St.
The Durham History Hub, at 500 W. Main St., will have Durham exhibits as well as works by contributing visual artists.
The Happymess Art Supply & Studio will lead a Lantern Parade Workshop on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Durham Art Guild at 120 Morris St. Visitors will be able to make lanterns in preparation for the Thanksgiving in Spring Lantern Parade to be held May 3 downtown (www.thanksinspring.com).
Through This Lens gallery, 303 E. Chapel Hill St., will open an exhibit of local photos competing in the Will Grossman Memorial Photo Competition. Works by more than 50 local photographers will be on view through May 10.
The prize honors Grossman, an artist, curator and community activist. There are several cash prizes this year, including The Will Grossman Award. Winners will be announced during the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.