Art lovers will get the chance to mingle with residents and local artists Friday, Sept. 25, as the Cary Gallery of Artists celebrates its 10th anniversary.
This celebration will coincide with the Cary Art Loop’s Final Fridays Art Crawl, which is 6 to 9 p.m. the last Friday of every month. The event allows local residents to enjoy original art in Cary’s local art galleries.
But this month’s Final Friday will be special. The gallery, at 200 S. Academy St., will celebrate its 10th birthday with music by jazz band Greg Miller and Friends, as well as wine and snacks donated by local businesses Academy Street Bistro, Chanticleer Cafe and Bakery and Kababish Cafe.
“We are just hoping to have a really big party,” said Susan Luster, an artist and former president of Cary Gallery of Artists. “It’s going to be really fun, I think, having a live jazz band and having a chance to meet hopefully a large number of artists.”
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The Cary Gallery of Artists was started in 2005 by a group of local artists, including the late Winnie Ferguson and Jean Scholz. With the help of Ashworth Drugs co-owner Ralph Ashworth, the group got the business off the ground.
“(Ashworth) is a big supporter of the arts, and he very much wanted to see an art gallery there,” Luster said.
Cary Art Loop, a collection of business that hope to “maintain a thriving arts community through positive partnerships and exchanges between artists and Cary venues,” also turned 10 years old this year.
Ten years later, local residents are still enjoying all of the art Cary has to offer at the gallery.
Cary resident Mai Feld, who attend her first Final Friday event last month, said the event was a great way to let local residents know that there’s a wealth of talent in Cary.
Susan Wohl of Cary shopped at the Cary Gallery of Artists during the same Final Friday event and bought a new pair of earrings.
“I personally am from New York and am used to going down to the Village, and it’s very hard to find a place that has an eclectic array of jewelry,” she said. “I think (the Cary Gallery of Artists) is fabulous, and I think the offering here is very nice.”
Besides jewelry, the Cary Gallery of Artists also features paintings, pottery and other works made with clay, glass, porcelain, woodworking, fiber, water color and more.
Dan Rice, one of the 20 local artists featured this month, paints much of his works based on his travels to Paris. He said he loves to use lots of color in his acrylic paintings.
“I love these colors,” he said. “To me, I don’t like black. I want to make a happy statement. It should make people feel good.”
The birthday celebration will continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26, when international traveler and painter Anne Chellar will do a watercolor painting demonstration at the gallery.
“It’s fun for the visitors to see people actually making their art,” Luster said.
Kathryn Trogdon; 919-460-2608; @KTrogdon
For a monthly look at participating art galleries and exhibits, go to caryartloop.org or go to Facebook.com/CaryArtLoop.