Visual Arts Studios, Collectives and Guilds

These are visual art support groups, collectives or membership organizations of various types, or serving various geographic areas.  Triangle ArtWorks strives to include all Triangle groups in this listing, but needs your help in keeping it complete and current.  Please inform us of any changes/additions at info@triangleartworks.org.

These entries are for convenience only and the information regarding each organization was provided by the organization or from their websites.  Triangle ArtWorks makes NO endorsement or recommendation regarding any of the businesses or organizations listed.  Be sure to review their websites and other sources independently before you patronize them.

Cary

Cary Photographic Artists – The CPA seeks to increase awareness of photography as an art form and offer opportunities for display, education and enhancement of photographic techniques.  Their programs are held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at Jordan Hall Arts Center, where they host speakers and demonstrations on photographic techniques.  For more information, contact Bobbi Hopp at Email, Website.

Colored Pencil Society of America – District Chapter 114 of the CPSA was established in response to the interest of artists in the Triangle using colored pencils as their primary fine art medium.  The Chapter meets five times a year at the Jordan Hall Art Center in Cary to share techniques, get advice on work in progress and plan projects, local exhibitions and workshops.  Anyone over 18 can join. No colored pencil experience is necessary – a love of the visual arts is the only prerequisite.  Website, For more info, contact by Email.

Cary Visual Art – Cary Visual Art’s mission is to promote, inspire, encourage, and support visual art for the uplifting of the human spirit in the Cary Community. To this end, we work with the community to place public art, support exhibitions, participate in festivals and sponsor lecture series and scholarships. Mailing address:  P.O. Box 4322, Cary, NC 27519, Physical Address: Cary Visual Art, Inc., 720 SAS Campus Drive, Bldg U5, Cary, NC 27513,  Website.

The Fine Arts League of Cary – The Fine Arts League of Cary (FALC), which is in its fourteenth year of operation, is a visual arts group of over 200 members including painters, sculptors, photographers and all others engaged in producing visual art as well as those wishing to support these endeavors.  Although its home base is in Cary, NC, the FALC membership includes, and is open to, professional, non-professional and emerging artists as well as supporters of the visual arts from any location. P. O. Box 3361, Cary, NC 27519-3361,  Scheduled Hours: Tuesday 10am to 1pm & Thursday 1pm to 4pm, Website.

The Professional Art Quilter’s Alliance – South – The Professional Art Quilters Alliance is a group of professional artists from across the southeastern United States who come together to promote innovative art quilts, art cloth, and art garments. PAQA-South members share their collective wisdom and experience to encourage new artists, provide educational programs for its members and the public, and sponsor exhibitions of fiber art. Website

Triangle Calligraphers’ Guild – The Guild promotes the lettering arts and provides a source of mutual support for those who are interested in calligraphy, painting, bookbinding, lettering, illumination and old manuscripts, as well as the history and traditions of writing, letter forms, tools and materials.  Our members live in the Triangle area and throughout eastern North Carolina.  We meet five times a year, in October, November, February and March, on the second Saturday of the month.  All levels of calligraphic skill are represented in our groups of beginners to professional. Website

Clayton

Clayton Visual Art – Clayton Visual Arts, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of volunteers whose mission is to “bring art to Clayton.” Members include artists and non-artists. The group is dedicated to encouraging artists of all levels and interests to call Clayton their home as an artist’s community. Clayton Visual Arts arranges and stages free monthly art exhibitions and meet-the-artist receptions, coordinates an annual exhibition featuring Clayton High School art students, produces the annual Millstock art festival and the Artalacarte Art Walk and Historic Homes Tour and sponsors two competitions. Website; email; Mailing address: P.O. Box 698, Clayton, NC 27528.

Raleigh

Antfarm – 303 Kinsey St., 
 Raleigh, NC 27603-1958, 
919.828.2514, Website.

Artspace – Artspace is a thriving visual art center located in downtown Raleigh. Artspace brings the creative process to life through a dynamic environment of professional artists studios, inspiring and engaging arts education and community outreach programs, and nationally acclaimed exhibitions. Explore your own creativity by engaging in all we have to offer!  201 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601,  Open Tues. through Sat., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. First Friday of each month until 10, EmailWebsite.

Blam! Studios  301 Kinsey Street, Raleigh, NC. 27603  Website.

Bonded Llama Studios – 1505 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC,  Website.

The Carter Building  –  The Carter Building at Glenwood South, located at 12-22 Glenwood Ave in Raleigh, NC, houses the studios and businesses of more than 75 creative professionals. An eclectic mix of artists, commercial photographers, design studios, boutiques and yoga are all located under one roof. Virtually all mediums are represented: acrylic, oils, watercolor, pastels, mixed media, photography, clay, and jewelry. Get to know the artists in their studios and experience their individual style and approach to art while looking for your first piece of original art or adding to your extensive collection.  The Carter Building at Glenwood South invites you to join us for the First Friday ARTwalks on the first Friday of every month. Website,

The Handmaidens -The Handmaidens are a North Carolina collective of artists, designers and crafters who create handcrafted adornments for body and home.In 2004, we joined together to begin collaborating in collaborative trunk shows and local shopping events to promote our individual businesses and each other’s work.  We are the founders and producers of Raleigh, NC’s The Handmade Market, a semiannual shopping event that features the best and brightest artists, designers and crafters from NC and beyond.  Email, Website.

Litmus Studios – 312 Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601,  Email, Website.

Carolina Mixed Media Guild – Founded in 2002, the Carolina Mixed Media Art Guild is a vibrant group of artists dedicated to all things mixed media.  Our members include professional artists as well as those who create simply for the love of it.  Activities include technique demos, field trips, “Play Days”, challenges, swaps, group shows, community outreach, and charitable giving. Visit our blog, Facebook page or Yahoo group to see what our dynamic artists are up to, and if you’re so inclined, please join us. Website   Email 

Triangle Origami Folders United -TOFU is a group of paper folders with the goal to share origami with all who are interested. TOFU is an OrigamiUSA Regional Group.  The group meets the fourth Saturday every month at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Beginners are welcome!  Young children are welcome, but we ask that parents accompany them.   Origami paper is provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. Website

Triangle Potters Guild – PO Box 10161, Raleigh, NC 27605, Website.

Visual Art Exchange – Visual Art Exchange (VAE) is a non-profit gallery and art association that supports emerging artists through exhibition opportunities (juried, non-juried and curated), business education and its interdisciplinary art festival, SPARKcon. VAE also hosts monthly artist nights, peer critique groups and creates public art projects through its Exchange Mural Project.  325 Blake Street, Raleigh, NC, 27601, , Email, Website, Sparkcon Website

Durham County

Bull City Arts Collaborative – 401-81 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701, Website.

Claymakers Studio – 705 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701,  Email, Website.

Durham Art Guild – 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC. 27701, EmailWebsite.

Durty Durham Art Collective – Durty Durham is a collective of artists in Durham, NC, with a studio space at 305 E. Chapel Hill Street, part of the Durham Arts Place.  As described by the Independent Weekly’s Ashley Melzer:  “Hosting shows and exhibitions at their studio space, Durty Art provides free outlets for local musicians and artists to present their work. A labor of love, design and destruction, this amorphous crew accepts anyone who dares imagine his or her way into its bounds.”  Website

Golden Belt Artist Studios – Work in one of 35 sky-lit studios that wrap around curated gallery ROOM 100.  Be a part of a vibrant urban arts campus and share your work during Third Fridays and other events.  Individual and shared studios.  Application required.  807 East Main Street, Building 3, Durham, NC 27701 Email, Website.

Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio and Foundry – A Durham, NC Arts non-profit organization serving as an incubator in which member artists work on 3-dimensional arts in multiple media. The studio and gallery is at 923 Franklin Street, Durham NC and there is a metal casting foundry located in Durham Central Park. Please visit our website for details about upcoming events and to learn about artist opportunities. – Website  Liberty Arts hosts an open house from 5pm – 7pm on the last Thursday of the month  Email

Monkey Bottom Studio Collaborative and Gallery – 609 Trent St. Durham, NC, 27705. Website.

Chapel Hill/Orange County

Orange County Arts Guild – PO Box 216, Carrboro, NC, 27510, Website

Subverbal Collective – Members of Subverbal hold a deeply rooted self-motivation for artmaking in the contemporary world. We embrace the truth of materials, and connect our making to our relationships with land, body, gender, consumer culture, and temporality. Subverbal exists to support each other, to seek connections with other emerging art professionals, to build community, and to provide a space for critique and dialogue. In bringing together our separate creative practices, the work of the collective itself becomes an artwork. As artists, teachers, and arts professionals, Subverbal hopes to enrich not only our own endeavors, but also the creative life of our community. Website

Triangle Visual Artists, LLC – Triangle Visual Artists is a group of artists formerly Chapel Hill Art Gallery who are on the move as a virtual gallery. The group is comprised of both 2D and 3D artists looking to exhibit and sell their work in businesses, at special events, and other public venues. Website Facebook.

Chatham County

Artist Studios at Fearrington Village – Artist Studios of Fearrington Village is a community of visual artists who have come together to support one another, promote our art, open our studios and share our vision of Fearrington Village as an arts destination. Website

Chatham Artist Guild – P.O. Box 68, Siler City, NC 27344,  Website  Email