Final Friday Events

Artist Lauri Arntsen Returns for Second Encaustic Demo. @ Studio 180 Salon
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at Studio 180 Salon for this upcoming Cary Art Loop Final Friday art crawl September 26th as we host artist Lauri Arntsen for her second engagement. She will be demonstrating her encaustic process and visitors are encouraged to try their hand at the craft and create a small work.

Artists Statement:

Every Time

Every Time Encaustic on Paper on Tile. 18″x18″

Dream • Create • Inspire…

“…it’s how I live my life”

Lauri grew up a little girl in northern Wisconsin. She helped her friends care for the pet raccoons, ducks, goats and chickens and they helped her build tree houses, look for bats and gather clay pigeon pieces in the fields to put back together like a puzzle. The only time spent indoors was to make cinnamon/sugar toast for a snack or watch Little House on the Prairie. Her dreams of life in the country were strong until at the age of twelve her world seemed to fall apart and her only friend was a duckling who had wandered away from it’s mother and was found all alone.

Following High School graduation and with seemingly no where to go, Lauri applied, and attended, the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. This was a big city to Lauri and the rules were suddenly wide open. It was an interesting juxtaposition in life as she struggled to find her own way as an adult. While on one hand she could not afford to stay (in school), on the other hand she could not afford to leave. She was a curious individual and loved the learning the independence and responsibility. But all three were secretly killing her at the same time.

In the early 90’s, she married, had a little girl and moved to North Carolina. The happy family of three bounced along and Lauri worked as a successful graphic designer and marketer for environmental firms and her talents and skills eventually moved more toward fine art. From newsletters, brochures and logos she went to billboards and trade show design and eventually murals and large scale display work. In 2002, she opened a public studio and was gaining Triangle wide recognition for her large contemporary and brightly colored landscapes. Life was great!

In 2003, a dear friend passed after a short battle with cancer. It was a difficult time for Lauri but, the next several years would prove arduous. A devastatingly painful divorce, a rash of personal attacks including a break in at her home and eventual loss of her job proved taxing. While taking some time to refocus her personal life, she maintained her focus in the fine art world as best she could. Taking part in juried shows mainly, she won a number of awards. In 2009 she was chosen as one of 12 Triangle artists to participate in the Scrapel Hill art exhibition at University Mall in Chapel Hill. The theme was to reuse otherwise thrown out materials to create artwork. Luck would have it that Lauri saved a broken up door that she held from the B&E at her home a year prior. She used the door and some other materials to create a large living sculpture. It proved to be instrumental in getting her back to creating after a hiatus of several years.

Today, she enjoys using recycled materials to create the highest quality of fine artwork. “Sometimes, life is ugly and all you can do is create beautiful or, at least, interesting art”, Lauri seems to have said.


Lauri Arntsen works mainly in oils, encaustic and mixed media. I am happy to share my knowledge with others and hold encaustic workshops throughout the Triangle. My art, workshops and other information may be found at: as well as several popular social media sites.


On each of the Final Friday Art Loop Events, August 29 and Sept 26, Lauri will demo her encaustic process as time allows. Event visitors may try their hand at the craft and create a small work for a nominal fee starting at just $10.

Lauri will also have her home studio open to the public for the Wake Forest Area Studio Tour. You are invited Sept. 6-7 to see how the artist lives, works and plays while enjoying refreshments at her little white house on the hill.

Gwen & Magenna Brink: a Mother-Daughter Journey @ Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
J.J. Raia: Design in the Natural World @ Cary Town Hall Gallery
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jerry Miller: Illustrating Cary @ Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Medium: Drawings, watercolors, and prints
  • Dates:  September 24-October 18
  • Artist’s Reception:  September 26, 6-8 p.m.

jerry miller

Mayura Yeolekar: The Allure @ Cary Senior Center
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Moonlight Sculpture Tour @ Cary Visual Arts
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Moonlight Sculpture Tours on Final Friday and Call to Artists!

On Friday September 26, Cary Visual Art will celebrate Final Friday in a very special way. Although the moon may not be full this night, it will be no less magical with the light of lanterns and glow-in-the-dark paint…


CVA is celebrating the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in exciting and unique ways this year. Come take a tour of the OSE while experiencing downtown during Final Friday with your friends and family. Galleries, shops and restaurants will be open all over Cary in celebrating of the Cary Art Loop on the evening of September 26.
Come join the fun and experience all the arts in Cary have to offer.

Tours will start at dark – they may run past 8pm.

View Press Release 
RSVP for Your Moonlight Tour

Nelly Mejia: Art and Love in Pottery- Classical Greek Pottery @ Cary Town Hall Gallery
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Nelly Mejia is a Colombian artist who first studied at “Instituto de Bellas Artes” in Medellin, specializing in painting, ceramics and ceramic sculpture. Her 50 plus years as an artist she has honed her technique of reproduction and development of ancient vases through rotation and special templates that achieves the replica that is a unique piece…the shaping is not through the use of potter’s wheel. A reception will be held August 29th from 6-8 p.m. On display August 29-Oct 26.

  • Medium: Clay
  • Dates: through October 26
  • Artist’s Reception: September 26, 6-8 p.m.

Nelly Mejia


Our Take: Bobby Nicks and Melissa Thiel @ Herb Young Community Center
Sep 26 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Final Friday at Gordon Munro Fine Art Gallery @ Gordon Munro Fine Art Gallery
Sep 26 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

NicolaFiveWe will be staying open for Final Friday.  Please stop by for a glass of wine with your friends and see Nicola Godfrey’s beautiful ‘Functional Sculpture’ Exhibition.