April is a busy month for FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill






Starting on April 9th FRANK gallery will have an exhibit featuring the work of Keith Allen, Ben Hamburger, Kaidy Lewis and Carolyn Rugen. This exciting, colorful exhibit will showcase the differences in technique and nuanced approach to their mediums these artists share and will make up a beautifully curated show celebrating landscape, the abstract and woodworking.

Creating works of functional furniture art, self-taught Keith Allen really gives detailed attention to the subtleties in the wood and highlights the natural elements of his chosen material. His striking pieces often use butterfly joints inspired by George Nakashima and he brings out the beautiful grain in his wood work by using geometric and brightly colored features drawing inspiration from Gerrit Rietveld. Painter Ben Hamburger combines his passion for social engagement and the ever-changing world around us with the visual arts to represent a diverse range of subject matter. No matter what his subject, all his paintings share his fluid brush strokes and captivating color palette as will be seen with his plein air landscapes in April. One of FRANK’s newest members painter, Kaidy Lewis, draws inspiration from the world around her to create vivid, colorful interpretations of her subject matter. Often times, Kaidy simply hints at the objects she is representing to allow the viewer to make their own distinctions, but she does so with skill and interjecting bits of humor. With effortlessness and sophistication, Carolyn Rugen, paints her perception of the living world around her. Capturing landscapes and still life’s in the abstract she allows her viewer to interpret her beautifully rendered light filled imagery how they see giving significance to the seemingly every day.

Please join us on Friday, April 12th from 6-8pm to celebrate the work of these four talented artists with an opening reception with live music by Griffanzo. Refreshments will be provided. Also, on Friday, May 12th from 6-8pm the artists of the April/May Exhibit will be giving a talk about their techniques and the work from their current collection, light refreshments will be provided.

PNC Presents the FRANK 9th Annual Off the Wall Gala

APRIL 6TH 6-8:30



What is the Gala?  The Off the Wall Gala is the gallery’s most important fundraising event of the year and 2019 will be no exception. The Off the Wall Gala is a chance for you to help us continue to serve the community by providing art education to all ages, be a resource for local artists, and promote community unity year after year while also getting to leave with a piece of art valued from at least $500 to $3,500 and more! FRANK and local area artists donate 65 pieces of art to the event and each Art Ticket holder gets the opportunity to pick their favorite piece to take home in an exciting drawing filled with fun, food, and drinks!

Exciting new changes will make for a new FRANK Gala experience this upcoming year! The 2019 Off the Wall Gala will be presented this year by PNC Bank through their sponsorship gift. For the first time in our 9 years of having the event, we are going offsite to the elegant and excellent Siena Hotel of Chapel Hill.  We are also thrilled to have Daniel Wallace, celebrated author of Big Fish, who will be reprising his role as our emcee, so the evening is not to be missed.

When is the Gala? April 6, 2019 from 6-8:30pm

Where is the Gala? The Siena Hotel; 1505 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

How does it work? With the purchase of an Art Ticket, the buyer’s name is entered into a random draw upon registration.  Guests are encouraged to join us for a cocktail hour prior to the event in order to scope out favorite pieces and make a list in order of preference.  When the drawing starts, names of Art Ticket holders will be pulled at random and read out loud by our emcee. Once the Art Ticket holder’s name is called, they have one minute to choose from “off the wall”, his or her favorite work from a selection of the available pieces. Donated art will be posted on our website prior to the event, so stay tuned.

How much are tickets?·        

  • Art Tickets can be purchased for $450, an Art Ticket holder can bring a guest for a $50 Companion Ticket.

  • Patron Tickets, which admits 2, can be purchased for $195, there is no Art Drawing in this ticket. All guests get to partake in delicious food and drinks. Only Art Ticket holders are eligible for a piece of art, Patron Ticket and Companion Tickets will not be eligible to select an art piece Off the Wall but can enter in the raffle at the end of the evening for exciting prizes.  

How can I purchase tickets?: Tickets can be purchased directly at the Gallery or on the link below.  

Over the last 8 (coming up on 9!) years, the annual FRANK Off the Wall Gala has become one of the best evenings of the year, and is one of the most important arts and culture events in the Triangle.  We couldn’t do it without the help of our board, members, donating artists, volunteers and most importantly YOU!

Karen Youth Art Group Show & Gesche Würfel’s UNC Advanced Photography Class Show



Please join us in our community gallery for a joint show featuring the work of FRANK’s Karen Youth Art Group and the work from the UNC students of Professor Gesche Würfel’s advanced photography class.

The Karen Youth Art Group has been led by FRANK artist Nerys Levy for the last 6 years Nerys, along with other FRANK artists, board members, and volunteers, has met with the students every Sunday morning teaching the young students different art techniques, taking them on educational field trips, and educating them on the gallery and local museums. Inspiring the students to experiment with various different mediums and honing in on their particular interests Nerys has been able to help the students in their artistic endeavours as well as in their personal lives. Come and see the work of these young artists in the month of April and learn more about the program.FRANK Gallery’s Karen Youth Art Group was established over six years ago in response to the realization of the inherent artistic talent in our local  Karen community’s youths.

Also on display for the month of April is the work of students from UNC Professor Gesche Würfel’s ARTS 515 Advanced Photography class. This photographic exhibition also in the FRANK Community Gallery will be a beautiful showcase highlighting the photography of Gesche’s talented students. Students from ARTS 515 have been working on semester-long projects all encompassing a theme of their choosing and FRANK is thrilled to be able to have the work of the students in the community gallery.

“Gesche Würfel is a trained artist, urban planner, and visual sociologist. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; venues include CAM Raleigh, Blue Sky Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tate Modern, Goldsmiths, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Cornerhouse Manchester. In 2007, she was selected as one of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries.” https://art.unc.edu/studio-art/studio-art-faculty/gesche-wurfel/

More about the Karen Youth by Nerys Levy:

Most of our students were born in Karen refugee camps in Thailand to where the Karens fled from their homes after being driven out by the Burmese military. Our students and their families came to the USA as refugees and now constitute a significant part of our local community where they work as housekeepers for UNC and other local institutions. In addition, many of our students’ families also farm at Transplanting Traditions Community Farm.

Our students have benefited from and contributed immensely to the FRANK Community. Three years ago FRANK published a two year long art/ literary project by the students on Transplanting Traditions Community Farm as a bilingual illustrated book. Some of our older students are now in further education and are progressing to higher education in places such as Guilford College and UNC Greensboro. Our Junior Art Group members are all in local high schools.

This exhibition showcases the work of students such as Lah Htoo Boh who is hoping to study Fine Arts at UNC Greensboro in the fall and our juniors who meet weekly at FRANK where they paint and draw in response to the art filled surroundings of their Gallery classroom. Some of their paintings are also a response to our many museum outings but particularly to the Georgia O’Keefe show at NCMA in the fall of 2018.

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