Posts Tagged ‘visual art’

Cecy’s Gallery & Studios Opens – New Art Venue In Durham Central Park District

Cecy’s Gallery & Studios at 417 Foster Street in Durham is providing a new retail venue for artists to sell their work on commission or to lease studio space. The Gallery had its soft opening on March 1, 2019 and will hold a grand opening party on March 16.

A Vision of Creating Community Through Art

Cecy’s Gallery is the vision of owner Cecilia Henaine de Davis, a jewelry designer and former manager of the Vega Metals Gallery at 214 Hunt Street. Henaine de Davis seeks to create an inviting and diverse community space that makes art accessible and exciting. She hopes that Cecy’s will become a destination along with the other attractions in Durham Central Park, such as the Farmers Market, Food Truck Rodeos, and the upcoming Durham Food Hall.

Durham Saturday Art Market

Durham Saturday Art Market

Preserving Durham Traditions

Another key element of establishing Cecy’s was to preserve the Durham Art Market (formerly the Art Market at Vega Metals), a weekly outdoor market taking place in Durham Central Park on Saturdays. Henaine de Davis founded the Art Market in 2008 and it has steadily grown as a platform for artists to sell their work, engage with their customers and find support among other artists. The Art Market has been the launchpad for many artists to establish brick and mortar stores or become full-time professional artists. With the closing of Vega Metals in 2019, the Art Market needed a new sponsor, which will be provided by Cecy’s going forward.

Although construction on studio space and other refinements is underway, Cecy’s was open for a recent Saturday art market.

Durham is also renowned for the signature Vega Metals butterfly benches and other spectacular metal work by artists Francis Vega and Neal Carlton. That business will now operate under new management as Cricket Forge and will have a showroom at 2314 Operations Drive in Durham in Durham. Visitors to Durham Central Park won’t miss seeing the latest designs though, as Cecy’s Gallery will carry Cricket Forge items, including the benches, chairs, tables, garden ornaments, holiday ornaments, and planters.

Adding Studio Space For Artists And Class Space

Cecy’s will provide studio space for three artists. Artists who lease the space will have a dedicated area in the shop where they can sell, and they can also use the class space at Cecy’s to hold workshops and lessons. However, artists do not have to lease space there to sell their work at Cecy’s, as they will be accepting artwork for commission sales effective March 1.

Anyone interested in learning more about Cecy’s can attend the Grand Opening on March 16 from 6 to 9 pm. There will be refreshments, raffles, a silent auction, and door prizes. The event is free and open to the public. Regular business hours have not been posted, but the gallery is currently open every Saturday during the Art Market hours (10 am to 1 pm winter, 9 am to 1 pm spring and summer). Check out Cecy’s website for more information, as the space grows!

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Alizarin, A New Fine Art Gallery, Opens in Downtown Durham

ImageBy Brandon Cordrey

After an extended and successful career in pharmaceuticals, Catherine Crumpton has joined the Durham arts community by opening Alizarin Gallery. She decided Durham was the right spot for this business venture because she grew up in Durham and has seen the city’s downtown transform over the years.  Eager to be a part of that transformation, she opened Alizarin in Suite 200 of 119 West Main Street near 5 points.

Armed with a strong business background, Catherine consulted with others knowledgeable in Durham’s visual art scene before opening, including Katie Seiz of the Durham Art Guild and Laura Richie from The Carrack, to learn more about what Durham needed in a new gallery. With many galleries already in business in Durham, Alizarin will set itself apart by being a place for artists who do not fit into non-profit or co-op spaces. Alizarin has already started exhibiting work by emerging and established artists from North Carolina and out of state. The majority of the work exhibited to date has been representational to high-realism landscape and still life work, plus ceramics. As the gallery grows they plan to show a wide variety of work in their beautiful exhibition space. Catherine has put together a panel to give curatorial opinions and review artist submissions. Although currently hung salon style, the gallery will soon have rotating exhibitions.Image 2

While Alizarin’s main function will be to exhibit and promote artists, Catherine plans to open the space to other communities as well. Several events have already taken place at the gallery. The first artist led workshop already took place in January. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm and by appointment, the gallery is also open late for the Third Friday art walk.

Any artist interested in submitting a gallery proposal to Alizarin is encouraged to do so by email. Visit the gallery’s website to inquire about purchasing, renting for events or participating in upcoming workshops!

119 West Main Street
Durham, NC 27701

Brandon Cordrey is a studio artist working mainly in mixed media collage. He also works at CAM Raleigh, Flanders Gallery, Visual Art Exchange and Arts Access. Follow him on Twitter @BMCordrey or email.


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