New Small Works at one of Raleigh's Top Art Galleries 311 Gallery

Top Raleigh Gallery 311 Gallery Invites you to New Small Works Exhibit this August

Tiki Bar

Tiki Bar

The Dog Days of Summer are upon us; the time of heat, drought, storms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck.

The Greek’s and Roman’s astrological system noted that this period of sultry weather coincides with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. Sirius is the brightest star in the earth’s night sky. Sirius heliacal path is roughly 365 days so it remains relatively constant to the solar year, rising and setting with the sun, beginning on July 23rd .

Because of Sirius’s brightness, the Romans believed that it gave off heat and added to the sun’s warmth causing the hottest, muggiest season of the year.

We now know that the hottest stretch of summer is caused by the earth’s tilt but The Dog Days of Summer, they will remain.

Don’t let the Dog Days get you down. There are plenty of ways to beat the heat and stay healthy and civil. A Google search will return list after list of tips for fighting the heat and one that tops most lists is stay inside in the air conditioning!

That works for a few days and then we start looking for air conditioned places to go. Stress free, calm environments are the most conducive to chilling out and museums and galleries top the list of venues!

Other important tips embrace food; eat cooler things like citrus fruit or frozen fruit, eat spicy things that make you sweat (evaporating sweat cools you down), drink iced drinks with mint, and ice cream!!

Get wet. Visit a water park, go to the pool, play in a creek or a lake, run through sprinklers, or just take a cold shower. Your main temperature sensor is your neck so applying cool compresses works wonders.

Just for fun, go frozen food shopping, stick your head in the freezer periodically, have a  water balloon fight, go ice skating, or try talking into a blowing box fan to hear your inner robot voice!

311 Gallery invites you to stop in and enjoy the air conditioning while strolling through studios of wonderful art. Dine at one of the Warehouse District’s fine restaurants, visit CAM and VAE and go home relaxed. What heat?