Golden Belts newest arts space – SPECTRE Arts

by Brandon Cordrey

Durham’s newest art venue is scheduled to make its debut as part of May’s Third Friday events. Just across the street from the Golden Belt complex a small white church is being renovated to house SPECTRE Arts. The space will offer rotating exhibitions, two artist studios, and great indoor/outdoor space available for event and workshop rentals. Alicia Lange purchased the property two years ago and has been overhauling it for the past year.

Demolition uncovered many unique elements of the original 1910 structure. Restoring many of those details and adding modern and environmentally friendly components has created a visually interesting space. Vaulted ceilings, natural light, and an open floor plan make the space ideal for art exhibitions of both two and three dimensional works. Those characteristics and SPECTRE’s location make it ideal for hosting events.

The two studio spaces are located at the back of the building. They have private entrances and individual alarm systems, with a shared restroom and kitchenette. Additional doors that open the studios up to the gallery will allow the artist to work more publicly and welcome visitors if they choose. SPECTRE is also offering artists who rent these spaces access to a van for moving work, the option to have one solo exhibition a year and a discount on renting the gallery or outdoor spaces for events or workshops. The studios have ample wall space, tall ceilings, and tons of natural and working light.

Studio spaces at SPECTRE.

By opening the gallery up for events and workshops, Lange hopes that SPECTRE will draw appeal to many different communities and become a hub for collaboration. Their May 17th grand opening is the perfect example of what will make this venue unique. A range of businesses from the Triangle will be pitching in for a night filled with music, film screening, photography, food and drink. SPECTRE will not only be displaying its inaugural exhibition, it will also act as a platform for many local businesses to market themselves and grow their clientele. If you’re going to be in Durham for Third Friday be sure to stop by and take part in the activities.

SPECTRE is currently reviewing portfolios for exhibitions, booking events and workshops, as well as considering artist interested in studio spaces. For more information about those items or any of the upcoming events at SPECTRE, visit their website or email.

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