Final Friday Events

12th Annual FALC Senior Exhibition @ Cary Senior Center
Aug 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • 12th Annual FALC Senior Exhibition
  • Medium: Mixed
  • Dates: August 25 – September 19
  • Artist’s Reception: August 29, 3-6 p.m.
“Time For Serenity” By Cecilia Guitarte @ Chatham Hill Winery & Event Venue
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Final Friday 9th Anniversary Party @ Cary Gallery of Artists
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Please join us at the Cary Gallery of Artists on Final Friday, August 29th, from 6-9 pm as we celebrate our 9th anniversary!  Our featured show will be a sampling of our over 20 local artist members, including 5 new members!

In Clothes We Remember: Jan-Ru Wan @ Cary Arts Center
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • In Clothes We Remember: Jan-Ru Wan
  • Medium: Mixed and Installation
  • Dates: August 29 – October 26
  • Artists’ Reception: August 29, 6-8 p.m.
  • Lecture: August 29, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m., Cary Senior Center


Justin Leitner Paintings & Harry O’Conner Photography @ Coffee & Crepes
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

leitner Learn more about the unusual art  form Pareidolia from creator Justin Leitner.  View some of his work and you will want to sign up to take a class. Justin will show you how to bring out your own pareidolia. We also have photographs by Harry O’Conner of the Cary Photographic Arts Group. You can meet both artists while enjoying free coffee at our artist reception, Aug 29 6-9PM. These shows run Aug 26 through Sept 23. Stop by anytime to feed your curiosity with art and feed your belly with Coffee & Crepes!

Lucky Pie Gallery’s Two Year Anniversary Celebration! @ Lucky Pie Gallery
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


For this month’s Final Friday event we are so happy to celebrate our two year anniversary in business.  We are so thankful for the support from the community and the amazing local artisans we have met since we opened our doors in 2012.

Please join us for:

  • Free wine
  • Refreshments
  • Live music
  • and arts n’ crafts for the kids.


Reception for Artist Lauri Arntsen August 29th 6-9pm. @ Studio 180 Salon
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us at Studio 180 Salon for this upcoming Cary Art Loop Final Friday art crawl August 29th as we host works by artist Lauri Arntsen.

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.

Final Friday! The Art of Abstraction by Dan Campbell @ Gordon Munro Fine Art Gallery
Aug 29 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Final Friday! The Art of Abstraction by Dan Campbell @ Gordon Munro Fine Art Gallery | Cary | North Carolina | United States

Come see Dan’s striking contemporary body of work featuring 27 paintings. On display are a number of representational pieces including wildlife, figurative and musical subjects. Dan also has included a collection of purely non-objective and very dynamic abstracts and some ultra-modern selections.  All of his work is uniquely textural, vibrantly colorful with a distinct abstract flair.

Dan Campbell is a fast rising emerging artist from Cary N.C., who after years as a marketing and business strategist, has returned to his real passion of art.  He now is a full time artist, doing commission work for clients in residential, corporate and commercial settings. He also maintains a website of original paintings and prints at

Gordon Munro Fine Art Gallery is Cary’s newest gallery, located “uptown” at Preston Corners.  The gallery is owned by renowned photographer, Gordon Munro. Gordon maintains his own studio in the rear of the gallery in Cary. The new gallery was recently featured in CaryCitizen, the News and Observer and The Cary News.