Cary’s New Manifestationz Gallery Showcases Emerging Local Artists

by Sarah Hager

Manifestationz Gallery opened on December 28 in Cary’s Old Cary Commons area.  “Manifestationz Gallery’s goal is to be a platform for emerging artists and a conduit for their exposure and inspiration,” gallery owner Omar Cummings said. “We want something from everybody for everybody.”  The gallery is doing just that by showcasing North Carolina natives as well as emerging local artists. With weekly and monthly rotations of both two- and three-dimensional art, the space is set to have a consistent flow of new exhibits. The current feature is a Meredith College exhibit in honor of the College’s February art club re-launch, headed by Cameron Johnson.

Cummings began drawing more than a decade ago and expanded to using canvas. He immediately became aware of the affect art had on others’ inspiration, and has fed off that energy since. “I like interacting with other artists and the dialogue of imagination. Every artist sees things differently.” The gallery will include studio space, giving artists the opportunity to take advantage of this collaborative aspect. Cummings also has plans to conduct art classes and kids’ activities at the venue, as well as its own version of wine-and-paint classes.

Manifestionz regularly partners with neighboring wine bar, Unwined, for special events. At Cary’s Final Friday, Unwined hosts live music and fills itself with Manifestationz art, with a new artist (individual or group) feature each month. When the weather breaks, the walkway connecting the venues will be lined with outdoor art creating a Parisian feel.  Its location is ideal for creative cross-pollination considering its proximity to Cary Innovation Center and Cary School of Music, also located in Old Cary Commons.

“I want to give others the opportunity to be featured that they may not have had otherwise,” Cummings said.  To submit your art, send and email email with a short bio, artist statement, contact information and 3-5 jpegs of work.  For more information about Manfestationz Gallery, visit their Website.  Manifestationz Gallery is located at 201 West Chatham Street #100, Cary, NC. Temporary hours are 11:00AM-4:00 PM Tuesday-Thursday and 11:00AM-8:00 PM Friday-Saturday.

Sarah Hager is a graduate of N.C. State University and currently works in marketing. She DJs at WKNC 88.1 and is enthusiastic about North Carolina’s music scene. In her free time, she enjoys going to shows, reading and playing guitar. You can follow Sarah on Twitter or email her.

 

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