Final Friday Events

Beginning in 2016, Final Fridays will kickoff this year with Arts Entertainment Hubs! Three designated areas around Downtown Cary have been selected to host outdoor performing arts with food trucks. Check this page each month to see where your favorite artists and food will be.


“Garden’s Bounty” a final Friday reception featuring paintings by Elda Hiser, jewelry by Monica Hunter, and ceramics by Susan Luster @ Cary Gallery of Artists
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bibelot (bib-lou): n. an attractive or curious trinket @ Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Janine LeBlanc makes attractive and curious trinkets. Using 11o seed beads, and an off-loom peyote stitch technique, she explores notions such as the answers to all of the questions in the universe. Many of her explorations will be exhibited in the Page-Walker lobby.

Medium: Beadwork

Joe Lipka: A Winter Day, a Summer Morning @ Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The artist states “I drove down Academy Street past a cottage I photographed more than twenty five years ago. The light was so beautiful I dashed the days’ plans and came back to photograph. There was neither preparation nor plan that day. There was beautiful light and that is sufficient.”

Medium: Photography

Renowned Artist Timothy Orikri; Final Friday reception July 29th, 2016 6-9pm. @ Studio 180 Salon
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This month through September 2016, Studio 180 Salon, Lucid Element Multimedia and Graceful Expressions Dance Academy are pleased to show works by renowned artist Timothy Orikri.

Timothy-OrikriTimothy UfuomaEfe Orikri is a freelance artist whose style varies from semi-realism to abstract paintings, hand-painted ceramics and music. Although currently residing in Michigan, he was born the son of a Baptist minister in the Delta State, southern Nigeria. It’s not surprising that this early upbringing has been influential on his perception of the world. His artistic desires – much like the messages given by his father from the pulpit – come in themes of hope, harmony, and the gift of nature. His sincere lifelong desire is to use a wide spectrum of vibrant colors and mixed mediums to create a secure world in which humanity is restored to God’s intended pure state for man at the dawn of creation.

Timothy graduated from Delta State University Abraka in southern Nigeria with a B.A. (Ed) in Fine Art. His continually evolving artwork is a marrying of African, European, and American influences which he skillfully bridges the gap between the ancient and modern – never forgetting his roots. He attributes this training in mainstream Euro-American art production techniques to the course he’s followed in expressing his art ideas.

Since arriving in the United States in 1995, Orikri’s work has been widely exhibited in several prominent museums, colleges, churches, and public buildings.

His desire is that every piece created will portray the qualities that will enlighten, deepen, and ultimately enrich the human race for all to be enjoyed. In his own words, “As an artist, I am constantly searching for diverse format in order to create imaginative, thought-provoking pieces. This search has enabled me to create unique artworks relevant to traditional and modern trends.”

lost-in-music-timothy-orikriThe paintings of this artist truly belong to one of the best of recent Africa paintings; he has something profound to express and contributes significantly to the growth, relevance and visibility of contemporary world art, as well as enriches society by his “making a difference through art programs.” Timothy Orikri’s art is expressive – drawing you in to look, linger, and absorb what you see and feel.

On the final Friday of select months, we feature a local artist with reception from 6-9 pm. So, come join us at Chocolate Smiles Village for great art and get in the Loop! For the July Final Friday event, Timothy will be teaching two FREE art classes, one for the kids and another for adults. Donations to cover art supply costs can be made at

For more information about Timothy, you can Visit Timothy’s website at, or see his Facebook page.

Resilience: The Divine Power of Black & White @ Cary Arts Center Gallery
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Showcasing charcoal drawings, mezzotints and other intaglio printmaking techniques, the images in Ms. Skolozynski’s work deal with the miraculous complexities of nature. The small, delicate forms are shown in a new context, illustrating the power and meaning of their existence. These organic objects suggest the rhythms and resiliency of nature, and are symbolic of our journey in life and our connection to the divine.

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Medium: Charcoal drawings, Mezzotint prints, and intaglio printmaking techniques

Slide into Summer Art with CCCP @ Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Slide into Summer Art with CCCP @ Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery | Cary | North Carolina | United States

The gallery will be “sizzling” with an awesome array of art, but guests will stay cool as they move through the exhibit space.

CCCP – Capital City Co-op Painters – is a group of seven area artists, including featured WAG artist, Ryan Fox, an award-winning watercolorist whose work is magical throughout the year. Ryan is also a signature member of the Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) and the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Since 2011, his paintings have been exhibited and won awards in numerous national juried shows. More to tell, but come see for yourself! Meet Ryan, along with other CCCP artists who create their own exhibition opportunities through a collective relationship. Each artist offers a unique style, with ready to purchase work that will delight and nourish your heart and soul.

Stevan Jackson’s music will set the beat. Enjoy free delicious sliders, cold beer and chilled wine in the gallery. Don’t forget to grab a CCCP group bio sheet to catch more cool. See you there!

The Sky is Falling: Jenn Hales @ Page-Walker Arts & History Center
Jul 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What do you do when your world is falling apart around you? Hales displays beautifully illustrative works about impermanence, impending disaster, and celestial terror portrayed in a dream-like state.

Medium: Acrylic Paintings