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Producing art projects for neighborhoods, downtowns, and everywhere in between

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Experimentation

Providing artists and communities the support to test new ideas while improving spaces

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Possibility

Opening doors and providing resources for new and unusual artistic projects

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Connection

Connecting artists and creative resources to communities

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Creating dialogue through art and about art

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About Us

Read about our vision & background here.

Welcome: Art in Your Home

a community supported art program

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Welcome: Art in Your Home is a Community Supported Art program. Like community supported agriculture, art CSAs have become a popular and successful way for consumers to buy art locally and support artists who work right here in our community. You can read more about the movement in the NYTimes here. Purchase your share now and become a founding member of Welcome: Art in Your Home and support art, made locally.

Click here for more details about our program and membership information or click “Join Now” below to sign up.

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The 2014 CSA from Open Art Society includes works by 7 artists from across the Triangle selected by a jury of curators, artists, and art critics. Each artist is producing an original or limited edition work of art for the program.

Tamara Galiano Bagnell (Mixed media screen print)
JR Butler (Ceramics)
Kimberley Pierce Cartwright (Fiber art)
Heather Gordon (Screen print)
Warren Hicks (B&W Photograph)
Gracelee Lawrence (Video art & sculpture)
Matt Zigler (Transfer print)

Read more about the program here. Questions? Email Jessica Moore at art@openartsociety.org.

Welcome: Art in Your Home is modeled on the Community Supported Art project created by Springboard for the Arts and mnartists.org in Minnesota.

Pop! Fuquay-Varina Downtown

September-November 2014
Ten storefront window installations by artists from around the Triangle!

With the Fuquay Mineral Springs as inspiration, North Carolina artists have created new work for the first Pop! Fuquay-Varina Downtown art series, filling empty and idle storefront windows with site-specific art.
Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 6.40.51 PMThe springs were discovered around 1858 when Stephen Fuquay was plowing his fields in what is now downtown Fuquay. The mineral spring soon became a focal point for the town. Today a picturesque park surrounds the spring and nearby you can see several historic buildings. Now offices and housing, these were originally built as accommodations for people who came to “take the waters” for health benefits.
Art installations and locations:
Water: Healing, Nurturing, Transforming, Artistic Expressions located at Edward Jones, 502 E Broad St
Artists: Ann Marie Amico, Barbara Damiano, John McCorsley, Frank Savarese, Carol Hunter, & Jeff & Lisa Ross.
Visit Artistic Expressions at 118 Raleigh St in Fuquay-Varina to learn more about each artist.
Fountainhead, JR Butler located at 101 N Main St
Fuquay Spring Showers, Roger Person at 110 N Main St
Healing the Waters, Lee Moore Crawford with Renee Leverty and Kelly Knapp at Family Optical, 504 Broad Street
The Beginning, John Suteu at 124 S Main St.
Selfies at the Spring, Helen Seebold & Erin Lawler at Elliott’s Pharmacy, 202 S Main St.
Anyone can take their picture at the share online by tagging the photo #selfiesatthespring or @selfiesatthespring
Tranquility, Shirley Hunsberger at Magnolia House, 218 S Main St.
A Look Into the Well, Pinkie Strother at Jazzercise, 134 S Main St.
PositiviTree, Fuquay-Varina High School Emerging Artists at Diane Kristan Salon, 508 Broad St.
Artists: Aliyah Alexander, Alyssa Hartzheim, Jasmine Hicks, Victoria Horton, Rosalia Jimenez, Dallie Kandil, and Danielle Dolphin with group leaders Megan Singleton and Taylor Forzaglia and teacher Blair Hale.
“Taking the Water,” Nancy Young at Stars Theater & Art, 123 E Vance St
Learn more about our artists here and tour their storefront windows using the map.

Art on Lavender Avenue

Call for Proposals

Lavender houseOpen Art Society in collaboration with Durham Parks and Recreation invite Northgate Park residents and area artists to propose creative responses to this house and help document the change in our neighborhood. We’re encouraging participatory activities and any art forms (visual, performance, literary). You could create a photo series, host a plein-air painting group, collect stories of people’s memories about the house and Northgate Park, or compose a song about the house.

All proposals will be accepted as long as they are appropriate for an all-ages, community setting. In order to accommodate everyone, we need the your information submitted to art@openartsociety.org by Tuesday, April 1st. Details on proposals available here.

Donate!

At Open Art Society we want to see art everywhere for everyone. Please consider donating today to support current projects Durham Storefront Project, Pop! Downtown Greensboro, and Welcome: Art in Your Home and help us produce more art in public space.

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Open Art Society is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of  Open Art Society must be made payable to Fractured Atlas only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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