Honestly, Artspace is one of my favorite things about Raleigh. It is a cross-section of what makes the south unique and beautiful.
According to its website “Artspace is a non-profit visual art center dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions and educational programs within an open studio environment.” In essence, it’s a working gallery space where individual arts can work and sell art. Think shopping for a wide-range of local art in one dynamic and welcoming space.
But don’t feel like it’s all about acquiring your next masterpiece. There are three rotating gallery spaces plus pieces showcased throughout the building. Every time you wander through Artspace, you’ll see something new.
What I like most about Artspace is that it oozes creativity. You can feel the artistic sweat in every brush stroke. These are people who are dedicated to their work and it feels good to be in that environment. You can chat up artists, asking them about their process, getting the back story on pieces and techniques.
I have not been able to explore their educational offerings, but I’m sure that each class is just as dynamic as the organization. Classes range from young artists to college-prep and adult dabbling.
My first Artspace purchase was a custom-made ring from metal artist Megan Clark. She designs fabulously affordable and organic metal jewelry. Her organic but machines style is wonderfully southern. I’m proud to wear and support a local artist.
Artspace is a cornerstone of the First Fridays art scene and has special events, like LoPop, throughout the season. Visitors can vote for their favorite piece of the evening while noshing on light fare and purchased wine.
There is always something to see at Artspace, which makes it a great wander in downtown Raleigh.
Distance from Raleigh: 0 miles, it’s in Raleigh – See it on a map
Wander Well Tips:
- Give yourself about a hour to explore
- Save your pennies – you’ll see lots of stuff you’d like to take home
- Expect a wide range of artists in the studios and contemporary art in the galleries
- Donate to keep the goodness going – $2 per person