When painter Susan Bolick went looking for a studio to call her own a few years ago, she ended up finding an entire gallery.
Bolick, who opened Brushstroke Studio & Gallery off Glenwood South in 2012, knew the bright and airy space would be ideal for painting and exhibiting.
She brought additional artists into the studio on North West Street, hosted workshops and a few months ago joined the city’s monthly gallery walk, First Friday.
It’s the perfect space to work, exhibit and entertain, she said. “We keep it fun. We keep it light.”
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During First Friday this week, the studio will feature work by all four artists who work there: Bolick, painters Shade Elam Maret and Gail Scoggin and photographer Felicia Perry-Trujillo. In June, Bolick will have a solo show.
Bolick, a native of North Carolina who moved to Raleigh as an adult and has been in the city for 35 years, began painting nearly a decade ago.
She was struck by a painting she saw at a meeting and suddenly was hooked on the possibility of picking up a brush herself. She began taking classes and now works in acrylics, painting figures and landscapes, often drawing on what she sees in her travels.
“Whenever I travel, I’m looking for a new painting,” she said.
Perry-Trujillo said joining the gallery after moving from Los Angeles to Raleigh was a new approach to photography for her. She worked for years as a photographer but was used to responding to clients’ needs, not exhibiting on her own.
“It’s fun to explore my work in a different way,” she said.
Perry-Trujillo also coordinates the gallery’s marketing efforts. She and Bolick want to bring people off the beaten path to see what the gallery has to offer. They’ve partnered with food trucks to entice the dinner crowd and are excited about the potential of First Friday to being even more people to their events.
“It’s wonderful to see the arts expanding in the city,” Bolick said. “It’s a great time to have a gallery.”
Want to go?
First Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., is a monthly art event in downtown Raleigh. Galleries stay open late, and many restaurants offer special deals. To learn more, go online to FirstFridayRaleigh.com.
More First Friday
▪ 311 West Martin Street Galleries and Studios and Tipping Paint Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.: “Eggistentialism 2.0,” various artists showcasing all things chicken
▪ Adam Cave Fine Art, 115 1/2 E. Hargett St.: “emergence,” paintings by Byron Gin
▪ Artspace, 201 E. Davie St.: “Wild at Heart: Our Affair with Nature,” various artists
▪ CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.: “Wonderland,” work by Sarah Anne Johnson
▪ Flanders Art Gallery, 505 S. Blount St.: “She,” work by Chris Watts and Aaron Fowler
▪ Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.: “Beyond Boundaries: Latin Artists in America,” various artists
▪ LGBT Center of Raleigh, 411 Hillsborough St.: work by Mira Sena
▪ Lee Hansley Gallery, 225 Glenwood Drive: paintings and ceramics by Pat Scull and paintings by Gerry Lynch
▪ Litmus Gallery, 312 W. Cabarrus St.: “Embracing Every Phase,” work by Marie Arondeau and Trudi Taylor
▪ Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.: “Artist Unleashed,” sculptures by Margaret Griffin and abstract mixed media by Linda Kimball
▪ Lump, 505 S. Blount St.: “Isolated Tracks,” work by visual artist Harrison Haynes
▪ The Mahler, 228 Fayetteville St.: new work by gallery artists Peter Butler and Jim Henry
▪ Nature Art Gallery of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St.: “Old Roots, New Branches: North Carolina art pottery,” work by Ben Owen III
▪ Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.: “The New Realism,” work by Diana Coidan and Cecilia Guitarte
▪ Roundabout Art Collective, 305 Oberlin Road: “Flow: Repetition on Place,” textiles by Mary Kircher
▪ Trinity Gallery, 549 N. Blount St.: “Family First,” work by Marriott Little and family