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First Friday: Exhibit features art made from thrift-store finds

Artists in the “Expanding the Constellation” exhibit at Artspace produced music, photography and video.
Artists in the “Expanding the Constellation” exhibit at Artspace produced music, photography and video.

A downtown art gallery is featuring southern artists who make their work from thrift-store finds.

“Expanding the Constellation” is on display until Oct. 24 at Artspace. The exhibit offers a glimpse into some of the work created through a resident program at Elsewhere, a Greensboro thrift store turned art museum.

Elsewhere’s residency program brings in artists from throughout the South and asks them to create art based on what’s at the studio.

Part of the facility is still a thrift store, so it’s ripe for finding original items and inspiration, said Annah Lee, director of artistic programs at Artspace.

The exhibit will feature six artists from cities including New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston and Durham. It includes sculptures made from old toys, a fabric installation, music and a video.

Moving the work to a new space forces artists to make sure their work has a broader theme of addressing issues in the South, according to the exhibit’s description.

It also gives Elsewhere artists a chance for their work to stand on its own, said Jennie Carlisle, Elsewhere’s production curator.

“You have all sorts of things that are colliding with each other (at Elsewhere) and occasionally it’s nice to show them on their own,” she said..

The collaboration between Artspace and Elsewhere is important for artists, Carlisle said. Now the two groups have a connection, which could be helpful for local artists who may turn to Elsewhere as a resource.

In addition to featuring the exhibit, Carlisle will tour Artspace’s studio.

“In fostering connections between these institutions, the constellation continues to grow and the light of the Southern art scene burns a little brighter,” reads a brochure for the exhibit.

Mechelle Hankerson: 919-829-4802, @mechelleh

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

More First Friday

▪ N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St.: beer and “The Natural Horror Picture Show”

▪ N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St.: beer from Deep River Brewing and the “Hey America!” exhibit

▪ City Market, 215 Wolfe St.: music from the Midnight Ramblers and more

▪ The Morning Times, 10 E. Hargett St.: street market featuring local artisans and vendors

▪ Artspace, 201 E. Davie St.: “Fear and Flight” by PNC pop-in resident Lile Stephens

▪ Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.: “The Great Outdoors” photography exhibit

▪ Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery, Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St.: opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for “Sacred Spaces” exhibit

▪ Tipping Paint Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.: opening reception for “Something Fallish” exhibit