12 Arts Events You Can’t Miss in Raleigh, N.C., This Spring
Thu, May. 04 2017, 6AM by Kristen Baughman
Glory of Venice: Renaissance Paintings 1470-1520
Through June 18
On display at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Glory of Venice: Renaissance Paintings 1470-1520 is a new exhibit highlighting the development of Venice's distinct Renaissance style from the second half of the 15th century to the early 16th century. More than 50 works, many of which have never been on view to the public outside of Venice, will be available for art lovers to enjoy. Paintings will also be on display all the way from Venice's Gallerie dell'Accademia, which houses the finest collection of Venetian Renaissance art in the world. This special exhibit includes works by Giovanni Bellini, Carpaccio, Giorgione, Titian and Jacopo de Barbari.
Artspace 30th Anniversary Retrospective Exhibitions
Through June 23
Join local non-profit visual art center Artspace for their 30th Anniversary Retrospective this spring. Two exhibitions are available for your enjoyment: a juried exhibition in Gallery Two, April 21-June 3, celebrating the strength of the artists at the heart of the organization; and a non-juried Corridor exhibition, April 7-June 23. Take a stroll through the exhibits and enjoy paintings, sculptures and more from local artists.
En Plein Air: Paint the Town
Offer your inspiration to artists as they paint a part of downtown Cary's history, culture and changing landscapes as well as scenic views from Cary's parks and greenways at En Plein Air: Paint the Town. Get a sneak preview of the art that will be auctioned at the Town of Cary's upcoming Silent Art Auction & Gala.
Art in the Garden
Join Raleigh Little Theatre for their annual arts festival, Art in the Garden. This one-day event features a jury-selected lineup of visual artists, My Cup Overflows and Fresh Outta Brooklyn food trucks as well as live entertainment. Enjoy the beautiful flowers as you walk the grounds of the Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden and check out the live demonstrations on gardening techniques by Witherspoon's rose experts happening throughout the day.
Brahms Symphony No. 1
Get dressed up for a date night and head to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts! As part of their Friday Favorites series, the North Carolina Symphony will perform Brahms Symphony No. 1. Relax and you take in beautiful classical music in the heart of downtown Raleigh.
Longleaf Film Festival
Consider yourself a film buff? The Longleaf Film Festival at the North Carolina Museum of History is free to attend and explores historic and contemporary stories from the state, the country and the world through narrative and documentary movies. You'll also have the opportunity to meet independent filmmakers and actors associated with many of the films at the festival.
13th Annual Ritmo Latino Music, Art & Dance Festival
Bring the entire family for the Ritmo Latino Festival! Learn more about Latino music, dance and visual arts. Plus, taste traditional Hispanic foods from around the world and shop with many of the craft vendors at the festival. You'll enjoy taking in the richness of Hispanic culture as you learn from the many Latino artists and artisans during this one-day festival.
Front Porch Artwalk
Stroll through the gorgeous tree-lined streets of the Oakwood/Mordecai neighborhood during the 9th Annual Front Porch Artwalk this May. The homeowners and businesses are hosting more than 60 up-and-coming and established local artists on their porches and in their yards. Shop for ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, handmade bath and body products, sculptures, metal works and more. The event is free and families, kids and pets are all welcome!
Wendell Spring Into the Arts Walk
Spend the day meeting artists during the Town of Wendell's day long gala of visual, fine and performing arts! The Wendell Spring Into the Arts Walk features artists of all ages, and artists are welcome to apply to paint a picture that will be available for auction at the end of the day. Later in the day, listen to live bluegrass music at the J. Ashley Wall Square and make a bid at the silent auction, with proceeds going toward projects recommended by the Wendell Appearance Commission.
Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival
The arts take over streets of downtown Raleigh during Artsplosure (pictured in the header) with sidewalk chalk murals, large-scale, interactive visual art installations, an Art Market with more than 180 exhibitors and more! The festival balances critically-acclaimed national artists with some of N.C.'s best performing and visual artists. There's also something for the kids! Make plans to enjoy Kidsplosure, showcasing interactive educational activities and entertainment for children and their parents.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
The Paperhand Puppet Intervention fabricates fantastical worlds with the most ordinary of materials. Watch as giant puppets, stilt dancers and shadow puppets dance and interact with music at the Cary Arts Center. This event is not to miss—for both adults and kids!
Matilda The Musical
Winner of four Tony Awards® and one of the biggest hits on Broadway, Matilda The Musical is heading to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts! Based on the popular novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda is an incredible musical for all ages.
Check out even more great arts events coming up this spring here!
Artsplosure header photo by Chris Adamczyck; Glory of Venice: Renaissance Paintings 1470-1520 photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art
Author: Kristen Baughman
Kristen Baughman is the founder of Tabletop Media Group, a boutique media agency based in Raleigh and serving clients in the food, beverage and agriculture industries. Her company offers consulting services in the fields of social media, graphic design, illustration, special events, website design and videography. In her free time, you can find her relaxing outside with her dog Cheerwine, writing about food and drink, or at one of the many breweries in the region sipping on a N.C. beer.
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