Event

Steve Little - Body of Work | June 21 - July 19, 2019

Body of Work

By Steve Little


I started with a series of self portraits.


When drawing, it's important to define the negative shapes between objects - the distance between the eyes, for example; or the gap between the tip of the nose and the chin.


When I returned to my art after 25 years, I aspired to pick up the remains of a long-ago illustration career, combine them with an unexpected career in community development and quarter-century in Latin America, and see what would result.


In art - as in life - negative space becomes so important that sometimes I find myself focusing more on what isn't there, instead of what actually is. My nose isn’t straight. My hair isn’t combed.


So this particular body of work began while staring into a mirror, drawing. The exhibit emerged as I rewrote my resume, explaining gaps in my art career; and as I packed my suitcases, emptied my studio, and flew to a new home in a different country. I developed these pieces as I helped my two kids graduate and move out; and while counting my teeth with my tongue, pondering the gaps where my wisdom teeth used to be.


All art is personal. But the importance of art isn't found in the story told by the artist – It's found in the story understood by others. I hope my art shows the gaps in our lives and between us, not as separation, but as important elements of a larger body of work.

Steve’s show will run in the Liberty Arts Gallery through July 19th.

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Food Truck Rodeo | June 16, 2019 | 12-4pm

Get ready to watch a Bronze Pour, take a Foundry tour and buy some art from our fabulous team here at LA between your delicious stops at the Food Trucks. Two pours will happen between noon and  2. Then watch us break the mold to reveal the sculptures inside. See you soon!

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.)