May 20-22, 2016
Artwork by over 170 juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in 10 different categories will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more. Artists’ booths will line Fayetteville St. Artlets will anchor the streets intersecting Fayetteville St, With performance stages on Fayetteville St. and Moore Square, Artsplosure highlights superb performing artists, with an emphasis on jazz, blues, traditional and roots-inspired musicians. Moore Square will also be home to a kid musician stage at Kidsplosure!
The Student Art Exhibition and activities in the PNC Plaza Lobby are free and open to the public. Original artwork by some of the best Wake County middle and high school student artists.
Artsplosure’s nine hole miniature golf course was designed and constructed by Greg Osbeck (DREAMSdared). Art Putt 2016 Artists include Zane Williard, Michelle Harrell & Family, Blair Johnson, Tim Wood, Southeast High School’s Engineering Club, Kim Sudkamp, Sam Gerweck, Lisa Gaither, and Federico Planchon. Putt your way through nine holes of art inspired by famous artists and their work. Its construction and premier at First Night Raleigh in December 2015 was made possible in part by Skanska.
Pop Up Artistic Experiences that encompass the full range of artistic expression will be featured at Fayetteville Street at Morgan Street, Hargett Street and Martin Street.
The ‘Art For All’ mural was made in collaboration with the Raleigh Murals Project to create art for everyone in our community to enjoy. Each year’s mural will feature the work of a new artist, with this year’s being the Raleigh Arts Festival 2016 ‘Art For All’ design created by Mottis and painted by Lisa Long Gaither with help from volunteers from around our community.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sponsored by: Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP
Media Sponsor: Outreach NC Magazine
Challenge a friend to a game of larger-than-life chess! Enjoy playing chess in a way that has become synonymous with Artsplosure. For most of the past decade, Artsplosure audiences have enjoyed this oversized version of a classic board game, a creation by Lyle Estill from Moncure, NC.
Members of Chess Achieves will be on hand all weekend. Been a while since you’ve played a game of chess? They’ll be happy to lend a hand! Chess Achieves is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization that advances community and economic development goals, and works to fill the overall need for capitalization of chess organizers, teachers, and events in this sector. They serve as an educational resource; working to teach youth chess, train chess educators, and host competitive chess events.
Back by popular demand, come tickle the ivories on this outdoor in the middle of Moore Square that is painted by local artist Dare Coulter.
Raleigh Sister Cities
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Betty Ray McCain Gallery
Art inspired by the cultures of Raleigh’s five Sister Cities (Xiangyang, China; Compiegne, France; Rostock, Germany; Nairobi, Kenya; and Hull, UK) on exhibit at the City of Raleigh Museum.
Watch Ed Moore and his team turn tons of sand into a work of art. He has taught sand sculpture classes at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores; won numerous sand sculpture contests at Virginia Beach, Atlantic Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Atlanta; participated in the World Championships in British Columbia; and sculpted with master sand sculptors from Florida to California. Ed has been a sculptor most of his life. Working in clay, wood and metal, he developed a love and talent for three-dimensional art. Those interests expanded through his youth and turned into a career in architecture. He is now an owner of Moore + Burton Architects, PA in Raleigh, NC.
Triangle Potters Guild
Fayetteville Street at Davie Street
Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m – 6 p.m.
Comprised of professional and recreational potters and ceramists, this non-profit was formed to promote the art and craft of ceramics in the community and provide a form for local artists to share their own experiences with clay. Stop by this tent to see a vast array of pottery!