Final Friday Events

Final Fridays will kickoff this year with Arts Entertainment Hubs!  Check this page to learn more about the hubs.


“Call To 3D Artists” @ Cary Gallery of Artists
May 15 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 15 @ 11:45 am


Title: “Call To 3D ArtistsCary Gallery of Artists is now accepting applications from 3D artists to become exhibiting members. Artists working in wood, glass, fabric, and weavers are encouraged to apply; jewelry and pottery are not needed at this time.

Venue Name:  Cary Gallery of Artists

Address:  200 S. Academy Street Suite 120 Cary, NC 27511

Phone:  919 462 2035



Details: Call continues now through June 15, 2017. Applications are available by emailing Membership Chair, Jan Kinlaw at:



Marwen El Hicheri Final Friday Artist Reception @ Studio 180 Salon
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

marwin2Please join us at Studio 180 Salon for our next Cary Art Loop Final Friday reception as we feature artist Marwen El Hicheri.

Marwen “Mani”  El Hicheri was born and raised in Tunisia and educated in Paris, France.  His Parents are of North African descent.

In 1984, Mani moved to Paris to attend a school for art and architecture. Early on, he was interested in street photography and the vibrancy of street life. Most of the sociology classes he took in art school required some sort of photography task.  He spent countless hours trying to capture structure, interactions and social behaviors through the photographs that he shot in the streets of Paris.

Mani is very passionate about music, drawing, painting and photography.  In 1986, he won a spot in an art exhibition in Nailly, FR fifty miles outside Paris.  Soon afterwards, he was commissioned to create a painting that would be reproduced as a stained glass for a local church. Traveling in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Morocco and Canada, Mani photographed places, moments and buildings wherever he visited. Later on he created many paintings recounting his travels.

His Interest in his origins took him back to Tunisia in 1993, where he landed his first solo exhibition.  The show was a success from the stand point of the turnout.  Shortly afterwards, the Tunis Contemporary Art Museum purchased a collage piece. Mani raised enough money from the exhibition to be able to travel to the U.S., specifically North Carolina, for an art show at “Steven’s Gallery” in 1994.  At his first exhibition in the U.S., he showed several of his paintings and most of the photography he shot in Morocco.

In the US, Mani’s photography has changed course.  His focus is more on the modeling industry, which he combines with digital art.  This combination allows him to take advantage of many of his abilities. His work explores the complexity of human nature and the multi-layered aspect of it. He views modeling similar to sculpting and performance art.  He sees the body as an extension of the mind, the expression of our innermost feelings and he tries to capture that on camera and then digitally remodels the work. His photography is inspired mostly by the great masters such as Dali, Malevich, Picasso and Kandinsky.

Mani is grateful to be able to show his art in several local galleries.  He has been working on commission worldwide for the past 26 years.

Mani will be on display at Studio 180 Salon in downtown Cary beginning in May through June 2017

Memories of Youth – An exhibition by Nevim Vandermeer Wingfield – Final Friday Reception @ Turkish House
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Memories of Youth

A solo art exhibition by
Nevim Vandermeer Wingfield

Opening Reception

Friday May 26, 2017 6 PM

A Cary Art Loop – Final Friday Event
Free and Open to the Public

Additional exhibit hours:
May 27, 2017    1:00pm to 5:00 pm

Artist’s Statement

I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. I go back every few years, and when I come back I already miss my old country. But this (NC) is home here now.

I have been drawing ballerinas, fashion models, dancers, portraits, caricatures… ever since I remember. At school, or anywhere, I would draw pictures or caricatures of funny things happening, and pass it around. Sometimes teachers caught me, but they just laughed. I was too little and too cute to be punished.

When I was about 9 years old, my dream was to see the world. Years later my dream came true. I traveled to many countries and places in the world. Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, including an Amazon cruise, and almost every state in USA. I met many people, learned about their lives, made friends.

I received my Dental Degree (DDS) at UNC Chapel Hill, and opened my own office. The most rewarding part of being a dentist was doing aesthetic dentistry, changing looks from unattractive teeth and face to a beautiful, happy smile that brought confidence and success to my patients. I was called “having healing hands”. My son followed my steps. He is an M.D.

Best part of being retired is not getting up early to rush to the office. Now I can do anything, anytime I want. Sadly, my husband passed away in 2009. Our cat Melodi was my faithful companion until she died at the age of 20. I dance, swim, walk, read, paint, play bridge, play chess, solve puzzles, take care of my plants, and spend time with friends.

What shall I do next? Bungee jumping? Sky diving? Ha ha ha…

“Guest Artist and Friends” Art Exhibition – Final Friday Reception @ Cary Gallery of Artists
May 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Title: “Guest Artist and Friends Final Friday Reception features guest artist Robert Harper’s marvelous boxes, beautiful oil paintings by Jean Scholz, and Shib Basu’s dynamic drawings.

Venue Name:  Cary Gallery of Artists

Address:  200 S. Academy Street Suite 120 Cary, NC 27511

Phone:  919 462 2035



This show runs May 26 through June 27, 2017.

May 2017 CGA Media Announcement

Details:  Guest artist Robert Harper forges iron and fabricates amazing ‘Little Boxes’ with artistic style. He is showing with Jean Scholz’s ‘Announcing Spring’ oil landscapes and Shib Basu’s drawings ‘…with white, black and brown’. Talk with the artists, share a drink & enjoy refreshment.