When you move to a new city, it’s natural to want to make
the foreign more familiar. Granted, Raleigh isn’t exactly new for me; I’ve lived
in the city since I was a baby. I went to school from kindergarten to twelfth
grade here, graduated from high school here and, when I wasn’t away at college
in Wilmington, was back here for holidays and weekends when I needed a break. Raleigh
is home to me, which is why I was so delighted to stumble on something that, to
me, is brand new. Finding something new and turning it into a regular event
helps make a city feel more like your own – it was like falling back in love
all over again.
The First Friday Art Walk is self-guided tour of the galleries
in downtown Raleigh. Like its name suggests, the walk is scheduled every first Friday
of each month. The galleries showcase artwork from local talent, from students
of NC State’s design school to seasoned artists who make a living off selling
their work. Each gallery that participates has snacks and wine for guests, and
many have interactive sections where you can create your own art to take home with you.
First Friday is, essentially, a celebration of the thriving
downtown culture. When I was growing up, the scene felt more stuffy than
stylish. When I moved back to Raleigh to work, I was excited to see how much
the scene had changed. Going to First Friday was a way for me to roam the city
sidewalks with a purpose, discovering new bars and eateries as I learned to
navigate the streets. It was a great way to get reacquainted with the downtown
that looked the same as when I was in high school, but had fully transformed
It would be a dream of mine to live close enough to downtown
that I’d be able to walk from my doorstep to a gallery and back home. Check out
these great listings that are close to the action (before I decide to get one
Author:Brian Hargrove Phone: 919-830-5233 Dated: June 5th 2014 Views: 551 About Brian: ...
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