Fall is in full swing on the Triangle and Durham museums and galleries are hosting a regular season. We may not discuss this often on our blog, but at My NC Homes we are supporters of the arts, and Durham artists and galleries deserve our patronage. They are the creative capital that adds so much value to the area and we wanted to take a minute to spotlight the openings that are going on about town and invite you to check them out! If you purchased a new home, Art can be an excellent investment.

5 Points Gallery of Contemporary Art 

5 Points Gallery is located in downtown Durham and offers a stable of contemporary art in a variety of mediums. From glass to paintings to ceramics, 5 Points has been voted number one in Durham for the past two years and counting. Its current exhibition called Possibilities offers ten artists' interpretations of this Ray Charles quote, "There are many spokes on the wheel of life. First, we're here to explore new possibilities."The public is invited every third Friday from 6-9 pm for an opening.

Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University 

If you are looking for more national works or just an afternoon with a important permanent collection, The Nasher Museum offers both. On view this season until February 13 is In Relation to Power: Politically Engaged Work from the Collection. This exhibition is divided loosely into three themes, Image and Idealogy, Text and Subtext, and The Body Politic. In these politically divisive times, this is a very provocative show and a trip should inspire much healthy debate. The museum's permanent collection also includes Medieval art, art of the Americas (largely pre-Columbian), Classical Antiquities and modern and contemporary art.

Bull City Art and Frame Company 

This is not your traditional framers. Bull City Art and Frame Company showcase a permanent collection of local art for sale and highlight new artists monthly. Check in to see who is in rotation, and if you are looking for a new piece or to refurbish or frame existing pieces, you are in excellent hands.





For Triangle Area ceramics enthusiasts, Claymakers is an institution offering coursework, supplies, firing, and a gallery. If you are looking for a more interactive and immersive arts experience, you can challenge yourself with one of these courses. They are unlike basic paint and pottery courses, these are more serious ceramics courses.

North Carolina Museum of Art

The North Carolina Museum of Art offers more than a critically acclaimed permanent collection, they have a library, outdoor performing arts space, events space for rentals, conservation, and consultation, and it receives some of the best exhibitions in the United States. There is full programming from Tai Chi in the park to live music to the latest Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau exhibit. You really should visit several times a year to enjoy the galleries and programming that the North Carolina Museum of Art has to offer.

21c Hotel Museum 

This is one of our favorite new hot spots in Durham. The 21c Hotel is offering a provocative scavenger hunt called The Future is Female. This exhibition is running until December 2021, so check it out before it leaves, you will not be disappointed there are some really fantastic pieces and narratives woven at 21c. 21c has 10,500 square feet of gallery space and exhibitions rotate often, so be sure to check their site often.

The Golden Belt 

The Golden Belt is an art studio complex featuring 28 studios open to the public during business hours and offers special events in East Durham. It also has retail and some great new restaurants. It is a newer trend in the Durham area that fuses arts, tech, and industry and we hope you will check it out! They have new shows regularly, check their site for the newest, Threads that Bind us just came down, and October/November show should be updated any day! 

Liberty Arts 

Another high concept artists incubator, similar to Golden Belt, is Liberty Arts. Liberty Arts is a nonprofit organization that is an open concept studio and school around a foundry that supports a diverse group of artists in mediums from metal to glass. Artists invite you to participate in their process by watching and learning, and you can support their process by purchasing. They frequently have events and the space can be leased for events as well.;

Ackland Art Museum 

Ackland Art Museum of UNC-Chapel Hill offers over 19,000 pieces in their permanent collection and is a stop on nearly every important show moving across the United States. Walk-in visitors are now welcome and starting October 8 on display until January 9 is the Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from Mr. and Mrs. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society. This collection has over 300 pieces of Asian art collected following the Second World War and art was part of a larger cross-cultural dialogue than archeological. This is a national show. Ackland also offers a busy events calendar and learning center. Click the link in the header for more!

Koka Booth Amphitheater 

The Koka Booth Amphitheater is an incredible outdoor venue in Cary to enjoy the performing arts. From a Diwali Celebration to NC Wine Festival, and Lake Street Drive, to name just a few of the events coming up, this venue books incredible talent and offers diverse amusements. Full calendar of events in header link.




Durham Performing Arts Center gets the big productions in Durham. October is truly making up for lost time with Broadway shows, The Band’s Visit, Rain: A tribute to the Beatles, America 50th Anniversary Tour, Tootsie, Comedians Sal Vulvano and Christopher Tuttle, and Caamp, among many other nights of entertainment. Please note that the DPAC requires negative Covid tests or vaccination and face coverings without exceptions. 


PNC Arena 

In terms of performing arts centers, the PNC Arena gets the biggest acts, and this fall has an incredible line up. Alabama, Harry Styles, Michael Buble, and Genesis are all coming soon and face masks are required and depending on the show, you may need a negative test or vaccination status.

We hope you will consider checking in on these incredible spaces, shows, and attend events and openings in Raleigh Durham, our culture depends on it. If you ever would like your event or space featured on our blog, please reach out!

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