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Retrospective 25 | Oct 1 – Nov 6

Ann Harwell Messier

Ann Harwell Messier

ARTS COMMISSION CELEBRATES 25 YEARS SUPPORTING LOCAL ART AT THE BLOCK ART GALLERY

Over the past 25 years, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission has provided ongoing exhibition opportunities for more than 150 local artists, and helped create a lively downtown arts-friendly environment.  In celebration of this achievement, the Arts Commission is sponsoring “Retrospective 25,” which will be on display Oct. 1 through Nov. 6 in the Miriam Preston Block Art Gallery at the Avery C. Upchurch Government Complex, 222 W. Hargett St.

The exhibition showcases work from 25 artists who have exhibited throughout the years, providing a snapshot into the history of the gallery and development of the art scene in Raleigh.  Paintings on view will include the work of late artists like George Bireline, Joe Cox, and Claude Howell, as well as recent work by current artists such as Marty Baird, Luke Miller Buchanan, and Joyce Watkins King. The artworks span painting, fibers, ceramics, photography and mixed-media.

“The Block Gallery is a wonderful resource for artists, students, and the wider Raleigh community,” said Georgia Springer, whose work is included in Retrospective 25. Ms. Springer is one of the original exhibiting artists at the Block Gallery, formerly known as MBAE (Municipal Building Art Exhibitions).

“We are fortunate to have a City-sponsored gallery of such consistently strong quality over the past 25 years,” Ms. Springer added. “In showing work of talented emerging artists as well as well recognized artists, the gallery has supported the growth of our vibrant visual arts scene.  In addition, it has helped stimulate, delight and educate the interested public as well as those simply using the municipal building for daily activities such as attending City Council meetings or securing City permits.”

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