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Triangle Arts Destination Feature

Raleigh, Chapel Hill, and Durham all encompass the very vibrant Triangle arts scene.  An eclectic mix of art galleries and art museums, the Triangle, North Carolina arts scene presents one of the top arts areas within the Southeast.  Anchored by top universities, the Triangle boosts of cultural institutions such as performing arts centers, art museums, and art galleries.

Each city has it’s own unique atmosphere and as a consequence each city has it’s own type of art gallery scene.

Raleigh with it’s metropolitan feel still hasa small town warmth that is immediately recognized as one browses the many art galleries spread throughout it’s downtown area.  Ranging from traditional art, to mixed media, to contemporary art, the art galleries in Raleigh offer a wide range of artworks for any patron.  New to the arts scene, Imurj, located on South McDowell Street, is an arts incubator with performing arts and visual arts all under one roof - creating an attractive atmosphere for any cultural lover.

Lee Hansley Gallery once again brings Raleigh a unique piece of history with an exhibition by renowned artist George Bireline. 

A fun addition to the Raleigh arts scene this September is Robert F. Irwin, represented by New Elements Gallery in Wilmington.  Irwin will be exhibiting at 18 Seaboard Restaurant in Raleigh, bringing him back to Raleigh after a five year hiatus.

FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill brings together Shelly Hehenberger, Luna Lee Ray, Judith Ernst for a fantastic mix of solo and collaborative works.

Be sure to check out more information about these galleries as September progresses at



FRANK Gallery
109 East Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC
Featured Artists: Shelly Hehenberger, Luna Lee Ray, Judith Ernst.
September 5 – October 7, 2017
Opening Reception, Friday, September 8, from 6-9PM

New solo and collaborative works by Luna Lee Ray and Shelly Hehenberger will be exhibited in their September show “Systems and Cycles”.  Both artists address themes of geological and biological systems and cycles, focusing on time, mutation, and variation. This show will include several collaborations, as well as an important feature of a new collaborative piece in process.  Judith Ernst will also be featured, bringing a unique style she’s developed over many years, cutting into the thrown ceramic form to create a relief of geometric patterns.

FRANK is located in historic Downtown Chapel Hill and serves as a fine art gallery representing the best of local artists, as well as a non-profit organization dedicated to arts education and outreach.



300 South McDowell St, Raleigh, NC

Imurj is a creative community space for all artists to create, perform, and engage.  The 6,000 square foot basement space houses three exhibition areas, two performance stages, a production studio, an art studio, and a cafe.  The Cafe Gallery & Main Gallery feature contemporary and classical exhibits.  Exhibitions rotate monthly, with a mix of experienced professionals and emerging artists.  Imurj’s Error: Art Not Found program pushes traditional boundaries of 2 dimensional art in public spaces. The underground, industrial art space in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district brings together local art and artists of all kinds.  As a membership club, Imurj is open to artists, musicians, and patrons who all share the common goal of promoting the arts in the triangle.


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Lee Hansley Gallery
1053 East Whitaker Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC

The exhibition contains works from each of Bireline’s phases--pure abstraction, expressionism, trompe l‘oeil, color field, allegorical, and personal narration.

Bireline, a native of Peoria, Illinois, moved to Raleigh in 1950 to be a set designer at Raleigh Little Theatre.  He earned an MFA in painting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and taught for three decades at the N.C. State University School of Design.

His work has been the subject of two major retrospectives--the first in 1976 at the North Carolina Museum of Art and in 1994 at the former City Gallery of Contemporary Art in Raleigh.

Both the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond and the North Carolina Museum of Art house multiple works by the artist.  He is also in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among others.

His works were exhibited alongside the New York Color School artists at Andre Emmerich Gallery in New York City in the 1960s.  The Hansley gallery exhibition runs through October 28.                


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New Elements (Wilmington)
Opening in Raleigh with Robert F. Irwin
Saturday September 23rd, 6-8pm
18 Seaboard Restaurant
18 Seaboard Ave, Ste #100, Raleigh, NC

Robert F. Irwin is one of the best living artists in North Carolina.  For over 50 years he has cataloged the ever-changing coastline.  His broad, confident paint strokes record our landscape in a forthright and unpretentious way. 

Withdrawing from the First Friday scene to enjoy his Beaufort retreat, “New Elements” marks a return to the Triangle area after a five-year hiatus.  This exhibit introduces a fresh body of work layering photography and painting.  A former professional photographer, Irwin has always used his own photographs as a resource.  So, directly combining his photos into his paintings was a natural leap.  This new technique has reinvigorated Irwin’s creative drive.  Irwin returns to previous subject matter with great nostalgia. His photos capture line and shadow, but his brushstrokes impart haunting emotions.

New Elements Gallery in Wilmington, NC is excited to host this special exhibition with Robert F. Irwin.  New Elements Gallery proudly represents the artist in the greater Triangle area.