First Friday Trinity Gallery

Raleigh’s Trinity Gallery hopes to engage with neighbors

sbarr@newsobserver.comMarch 31, 2014 

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— When Holy Trinity Anglican Church moved its offices into a historic house on North Blount Street, leaders there knew they wanted to do something exciting with their new space.

The painstakingly restored Victorian across the street from William Peace University wasn’t just a space to work in but a chance to engage with the neighborhood, said David Cumbie, associate rector.

Church leaders considered the energy on the Blount Street-Person Street Corridor, their connections to the city’s art world and love of First Friday and soon knew what to do.

In January, they unveiled their project, Trinity Gallery, a place dedicated to the theme “art in the city for the city.”

The gallery joins Gallery C, Anvil Studio and Gallery and Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery as art destinations for visitors to the neighborhood.

Abigail Hull, the gallery’s director, said the monthly First Friday receptions have been a hit, with visitors eager to check out the space.

“It's been wonderful to get to know our neighbors,” she said.

During April, the gallery at 549 N. Blount Street will feature three Triangle artists: Stephanie Gehring, Laura Berendson Hughes and Lysandra Lestini.

The gallery accepts applications to exhibit from all artists. Neither artists or their subjects need to be affiliated with the church.

Hull said she’s excited to welcome new and emerging artists to the space. She hopes the gallery can be a place for viewers to explore both the beauty and fragmentation of life.

“Art invites us to explore those tensions and into conversations about what it means to be human,” she said.

Hull said one of her favorite moments since the opening of a gallery has been talking with a mother as her child glued together construction paper pieces to make her own creation as part of the First Friday festivities.

The mother told Hull how glad she was to be in a gallery where she felt her daughter had a place as well.

“It was really great to see this child being welcomed in the space,” Hull said.

Cumbie said his goal is that the gallery cultivate a sense of belonging in everyone who comes through its doors.

“We want to make art accessible, not intimidating,” he said.

The gallery is located at 549 N. Blount Street. More information can be found at Trinity does not take a commission from artists but asks that they make a donation to the gallery if they can.

Barr: 919-836-4952

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