Sweet Sixteen! Local Color Gallery is celebrating 16 years with a group show in 311 Gallery’s main gallery

Arts Eats and Fun in Raleigh's Warehouse District

 Courtesy of the State Archives of NC and Peter Rees, First Friday at 311 Gallery.

Courtesy of the State Archives of NC and Peter Rees, First Friday at 311 Gallery.

Once a major industrial hub, Raleigh’s Warehouse District is re-emerging as a modern industrial hub; a neighborhood that is bringing people back to live, work and play in this urban environment.  The Warehouse District is attracting national attention; USA Today rated it one of the top 10 art neighborhoods and it is listed as one of 12 neighborhoods across the country that is “about to get crazy popular” on Thrillist’s website.

Because it was so close to the rail lines, the Warehouse District was built as an industrial zone. In addition to the train depot, warehouses and factories populated the area. As you walk the streets today, you can see signs of the track that has been paved over and get a feel for the flow of activity.

Beginning in the 1950s, as rail lines became less important, the district fell into disrepair providing large, inexpensive spaces perfect for artists, designers, and performers. By the late 1980s, the district housed galleries, studio space, nightlife venues, and restaurants.

The six blocks of red brick buildings that make up the Warehouse District now house technology industries, collaborative workspaces, entrepreneurial start-ups, and destination retailers in addition to the restaurants, art galleries, and nightlife venues.

2018 is being touted as the Warehouse District’s year by Raleigh Magazine. Union Station, a multi-modal transit center, is opening this spring, along with The Dillon, the first mixed-use development in downtown Raleigh. Together, they have turned the Warehouse District into the most transformative neighborhood downtown; a walkable neighborhood in the center of cultural activity.

311 Gallery has been a part of the Warehouse District transition since 2004 when Bob Coster and Jason Craighead opened Glance Gallery. Under Allen Clapp’s management, 311 Gallery showcases award winning artists and national juried shows in the main gallery and provides an eclectic collection of art for giving in the Gift Shop. 311 Gallery also houses 12 independent studios representing artists producing work in a wide array of media; something for everyone to enjoy.

Reception is First Friday, June 1st
Show runs May 31 – June 31th