Home > 3rd Friday > “Durham Sparkles” Opens January 16 in the Cameron Gallery

Durham Sparkles:  The Art of Community Festivals and Parades

curated by Cathy Kielar and Paola Kipp
January 16 – February 14, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16 from 6-9 pm

Cameron Gallery_Let Them Eat Cake, Their Wedding Cake_ by Rebecca Tighe_photo by Rodrigo Dorfman

Durham, North Carolina is a town that loves to party, playing host to a wide variety of fairs, festivals and parades each year. In Durham Sparkles, curators Cathy Kielar and Paola Kipp highlight the art and pageantry of these celebrations. Kipp and Kielar have taken inspiration from events like the Beaver Queen Pageant, the Strawberry Festival, Durham Mardi Gras, and parades like the Christmas Tree Skirt parade, the Pride Parade, the Mardi Gras Shoe-box Float parade and the now defunct Marry Durham parade.

The costumes, hats, videos and photographs featured in Durham Sparkles were made by community members for the express purpose of participating in a themed festival. “These celebrations offer us a way to access our creative selves and be artistically expressive,” says Kielar. “When we dress up, write or sing a song, play an instrument or make a float, we become truly engaged at high level of creative expression.”

Durham Sparkles runs from January 16 – February 14. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 16 from 6-9PM.  The Bulltown Stutters street band will perform from 7 – 8 pm and the evening’s other festivities will include free art making in the Make and Take room and face painting. The evening will also feature a costume swap! Have a wig, corset or sparkly costumes you want to pass on or swap out for something new? Bring it and share it!

In addition to the opening of Durham Sparkles, this Third Friday introduces the Artist Spotlight exhibit at The Scrap Exchange. Each month, The Scrap Exchange, in conjunction with local art therapist Martha Dyer, features the work of an artist whose art tells a story of healing, survival and creative self -expression. The work is displayed on movable walls located inside the arts center.  Artists featured on the Artist Spotlight receive 100% commission for sold work. This month’s artist is painter Danny Bub Eugene Smith.

Cameron Gallery receptions are free and open to the public.  For more information, call The Scrap Exchange at 919-688-6960.