Event

Feast from the Furnace | 1st Vegan! | May 18, 2019

Glass blowing demonstrations by Durham-based designer Elijah Leed.


Watch as he makes beautiful hand-blown glass art while you sip wine and feast on an array of small plate appetizers cooked in the same furnace. The evening will kickoff with a leisurely tour of the Liberty Arts studio where you can interact with some of our very talented artists and browse the art they create.

This one-of-a-kind fundraising dining event is one you won’t want to miss. Get ready for our first all vegan Feast!

Your Chef for the evening will be Maggie Radzwiller, Private Chef and Caterer, recognized by The New York Times, USA Today, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Southern Living, Esquire, Restaurant Wine, Conde Nast Traveler and The Wine Spectator.

Maggie’s expertise in operations, as executive chef and owner, of Brightleaf 905 led to John Mariani’s review in Esquire Magazine: “What Maggie Radzwiller doesn’t know about the restaurant business isn’t worth knowing.”

(Sorry, but we are not able to accommodate dietary restrictions. Also, we are not able to issue refunds for this event.)

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Jim Cohen - Show Opening | May 17th, 2019 | 6-9pm

"Past and Present: a Metalsmith's Journey" is a retrospective featuring one of Liberty Arts newest artisans, Jim Cohen.  The show traces his 20+ year and 4 act career as a metalsmith. You will see his initial foray into the field at a community arts center in Northern Virginia, through graduate school, followed by a sojourn in mythical Santa Fe, and concluding here at Liberty Arts.  The show will highlight Jim's work in Judaica, hollowware, and jewelry.

Jim’s show will run in the Liberty Arts Gallery through June 17th.

Spring Open Studios & Sale | May 4, 2019 | 11-5pm

It's Spring!!

And that means we open our doors and invite you all in for a big party - otherwise known as our Annual Spring Open Studios and Sale Weekend! We're SO excited this year to offer a few more opportunities for fun, shopping, learning and giving.

Starting at 11am we invite you in for a day of demos, music, a silent auction and interaction with all the artists who will be selling fantastic pieces for your home or as gifts for friends and family. Food trucks will be available for brunch/lunch/dessert and drinks.

Peep Show Fundraiser | May 3, 2019 | 6-8pm

On Friday evening, May 3rd, we will host our first Peep Show to raise money for the Liberty Arts Community Scholarship Program.

We want to be able to bring in deserving students from all over Durham to learn new skills in our studio. Tickets are either $30, $50, $100, $250 or $500 - your choice of donation level - with a goal of raising at least $3,000 to start this meaningful fund. All tickets give you access to early buying opportunities for all of our pieces, heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks (beer, wine and soft), live music and the very good company of art lovers and supporters.

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The Silent Auction will start this evening with a “Buy It Now” option, and just SOME of the items on the table will be:

$100 Gift Card to any M Restaurant from Mike Lee

Lunch with NY Times Bestselling Author, Cat Warren, and a signed copy of her book “What The Dog Knows”

Hands-on Pie making class with Phoebe Lawless from Scratch

Lunch with sculptor Steve Little

Holly Aiken backpack

Kindle Fire

$100 Gift Card to NANASTEAK

Patina Painting by Jackie MacLeod

5-pack yoga classes with Aubrey Zinaich - Kundalini Yoga & Sadhana

Hand-made pots from Delores Hayes

A Bee Necklace - Tricia Becker

Bull City Burger & Brew Card

More items are coming in every day. Stay tuned

100% of the proceeds of the ticket sales will go toward the Scholarship Program.

Register here and donate to this really important program

Feast from the Furnace | April 13, 2019

Glass blowing demonstrations by Durham-based designer Elijah Leed.


Watch as he makes beautiful hand-blown glass art while you sip wine and feast on an array of small plate appetizers cooked in the same furnace. The evening will kickoff with a leisurely tour of the Liberty Arts studio where you can interact with some of our very talented artists and browse the art they create, while grooving to Dex and the Half Tones, a Durham based 6-piece Jazz band featuring bebop, swing, latin and blues tunes.

This one-of-a-kind fundraising dining event is one you won’t want to miss.

Your Chef will be Chris MacLaurin. McLaurin was raised to appreciate simple food made with quality ingredients and lots of love. After cooking in DC for a number of years Chris returned to Durham in 2013. Time at Rose's Meat Market and Sweet Shop as well as Picnic Restaurant introduced him to the amazing food community found in the Triangle. Most recently he was the executive Chef at LaPlace in Hillsborough. Chris is now working to open his own restaurant in Durham.

(Sorry, but we are not able to accommodate dietary restrictions. Also, we are not able to issue refunds for this event.)




Major fun - celebrate with us! | April 12, 2019

Major the Bull turns 15

To help mark his 15th birthday during Durham’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration, the community’s beloved Major the Bull sculpture in CCB Plaza will be receiving new, bronze signage, in both English and Spanish, and the Bull City is invited to the celebration. 

Hosted by the City of Durham and Liberty Arts, the event will take place in front of the Bull sculpture at CCB Plaza, which is located at the corner of Corcoran and West Parrish Streets in downtown Durham, on Friday, April 12 at 11 a.m. At this event, community members will have the opportunity to meet the artist team behind the sculpture, Leah Foushee Waller and Mike Waller, and hear them speak about creating the Bull, and what the sculpture means to Durham today. Mayor Steve Schewel also will speak and Liberty Arts representatives will be giving out free cupcakes.  

The sculpture, titled Major the Bull, was cast in bronze and created from start to finish in Durham at Liberty Arts, a studio and foundry dedicated to enriching our communities with arts experiences that inspire, empower, educate, and entertain. The sculpture and plaza were gifted through a grant by the Central Carolina Bank to the residents of Durham. The statue depicts a bull, a symbol for Durham since the 1800s, and stands 10 feet tall. The monument reinforces the strong qualities of the city and its residents, even in the face of negative perceptions of the area.

Feast from the Furnace | March 16, 2019 - SOLD OUT

Glass blowing demonstrations by Durham-based designer Elijah Leed.


Watch as he makes beautiful hand-blown glass art while you sip wine and feast on an array of small plate appetizers cooked in the same furnace. The evening will kickoff with a leisurely tour of the Liberty Arts studio where you can interact with some of our very talented artists and browse the art they create.

This one-of-a-kind fundraising dining event is one you won’t want to miss.

The incredible menu will be arranged by Chef Pheobe Lawless, an award-winning baker and a James Beard Award semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef in 2013 and 2014. She was a semifinalist for Outstanding Baker in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She spent nearly a decade working for James Beard-winning pastry chef Karen Barker at the beloved and now closed Magnolia Grill in Durham.

Most recently Pheobe shared her fine culinary skills at Scratch and The Lakewood.