Artfarm is one of the many artist collectives in the downtown area that is home to a diverse group of artists creating work with a variety of media (metal, wood, clay, print, paint, drawing, fiber and more). Similar to artspace, designbox, and Bonded Llama, artfarm is comprised of individual studios with the artists coming together once a month for an art show and/or party to celebrate one of their own or a friend of the family.
Artfarm was started by a group of NC State design school students in 1993. The students renovated a 1925 warehouse in Boylan Heights, turning it into a home for a lot of local artists over the past seventeen years. A few years ago, antfarm would have been a normal stop on the monthly gallery crawls but issues with the building slowed down membership and subsequently so did the parties. But, antfarm is back and possibly better than ever. With a new cast of antfarmers (many of which you may already recognize their name and some of our favorites) getting things back in order and curating new shows, things are looking up quickly for the farm.
The group hosted their First Friday show earlier in March with a show by Rachel Herrick and ironic karaoke. This Friday (April 2nd), they will host a Buzz Kill silent auction during the First Friday Gallery Walk. Every summer millions of mosquitos swarm the studios and eat the antfarmers alive, so they need to raise funds for window screens for the building. Come on by and bid on cool art at bargain prices during the silent auction and help your local antfarmers avoid a really itchy summer.
antfarm BUZZ KILL fundraiser
First Friday April 2, 2010
6-9 pm - BIDDING ENDS @ 8:30 PM, so don’t dilly dally!
(Cash preferred, checks accepted. Sorry, we can’t take cards.)
Many items start under $10 so you can’t beat the price or the cause!
NOTE: There are two new studios available at artfarm. If you are interested, you can find more information here.
303 Kinsey St.
Raleigh, NC 27603
all photos by Christina Preher