Things tend to slow down in the art world in August.
Charlene Ferrell Newsom, who owns Gallery C in downtown Raleigh, feels it. Paintings are slower to sell, and visitors don’t stop by as often.
Newsom combats the slowdown every August by creating a special art experience on First Friday, filling the gallery with all kinds of art with a certain theme. This year, it’s all about the Wild West.
“Rawhides and Rodeo Queens: The Art of the Wild West” will allow the gallery of 20th century art “some room for provocative raunchiness,” Newsom said.
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The exhibit will feature costumed bar maids, cowboys and sheriffs. Visitors will get to see the Marlboro Man transition into a woman named Marlene in one piece, and there will be a paint-on-velvet Clint Eastwood work.
“There’s really special stuff in this show, and it’s mostly local,” Newsom said.
The gallery has also brought out some of the art it specializes in. The exhibit will include two cowboy-themed paintings from the 1960s by artist Robert Broderson.
To further support local artists, Newsom will use the money from the event to send one local artist to a retreat in Eldorado, Texas, for a week. The retreat allows artists to really focus on their work, she said.
Eldorado, a town of about 2,000 people, is in the same area where Newsom got inspiration to create the “Rawhides and Rodeo Queens” event.
“We want to show people can support culture and art in other ways than just buying paintings,” she said.
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 Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.: “Flowers and Gardens” juried exhibit featuring Mandala Manifesto
▪ CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St.: “The Nothing That Is – a drawing show in five parts” featuring Tedd Anderson
▪ Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.: “Rawhides and Rodeo Queens: The Art of the Wild West”
▪ Local Color Gallery, 22 Glenwood Ave.: “Summer Citings” featuring local painter Kim Balentine
▪ City Market, 215 Wolfe St.: live music and other events
▪ Common 414, 414 Fayetteville St.: live jazz music and wine tasting
▪ High Cotton, 19 W. Hargett St.: midsummer sale and refreshments
▪ The Morning Times, 10 E. Hargett St.: street market featuring local artisans and vendors
▪ Brushstroke Studio and Gallery, 520 N. West St.: Works by painters Susan Bolick and Lindsey Stimpson and photographer Felicia Perry
▪ Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.: “Endless Summer” featuring local artists and glass art