Pleiades Plus One

Running from January 8 to February 14, 2015, “Pleiades Plus One” is a celebration of our local arts community and the ties we make between artists.

When are you invited as a “Plus One” guest? It’s for a festive gathering that often marks a special occasion, like a wedding, a birthday, or a holiday event. “Pleiades Plus One” kicks off our 2015 exhibition year which will be filled with creative programming such as: exhibits by Pleiades artists, shows featuring guest artists and guest curators, juried invitational shows, and a new exhibition area upstairs in the gallery for solo shows and more experimental work.

For “Pleiades Plus One,” each Pleiades artist invited another artist to participate in the show, and each guest artist alsoinvited another artist to participate. The members of Pleiades want to share the gallery with other exceptional Triangle, NC artists and see what develops when links grow from artist to artist to artist.

The exhibit offers an eclectic mix of high caliber art by local metal and wood sculptors, painters, ceramicists, neon artists, and mixed-media artists.The artwork on display is new to the Durham art scene and will be the only opportunity to see all of these artists in one place at the same time.

In addition to a Third Friday Reception on January 16th from 6-9 pm, Pleiades Gallery will host a special celebration of the artists on Thursday, February 5th from 6-8 pm. All events are free and open to the public.

ArtsNow ( is generously sponsoring the “Pleiades Plus One” Third Friday reception, and the gallery is grateful for their interest and support of this show.

The “Pleiades Plus One” participating artists are:

Renee Leverty – sculptor, who invited

Vandorn Hinnant – sculptor/painter, who invited

Alyssa Hinton – mixed media photo collage

Kim Wheaton – painter/mixed media, who invited

William Paul Thomas – painter, who invited

Antoine Williams – mixed media

Nate Sheaffer – neon artist, who invited

Louis St. Lewis – painter/mixed media, who invited

William Moore – sculptor

Lucia Marcus – painter/ceramics, who invited

Tom Dunne – painter, who invited

Ray Tolan – sculptor

Bill Koeb – painter, who invited

Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh – painter, who invited

Mikel Sanfilippo – ceramics artist

Darius Quarles – painter, who invited

Booker Howze – painter, who invited

Gray Griffin – painter/mixed media

TJ Christiansen — sculptor (our newest Pleiades artist!)


Emily Cox and Jim Lee Illuminate Nature’s Cycles in “Fire and Light” at Pleiades Gallery, May 13-31


Fire and Light

Emily Cox and Jim Lee explore the cyclical reality of the natural world through sculpture and photography in the joint exhibit “Fire and Light” at Durham’s Pleiades Gallery from May 13 through May 31 at 109 E. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC.

Cox, a ceramic sculptor, and Lee, a photographer, share a love of the raw beauty of nature, including its deterioration, and explore it with exuberance and truthfulness. Both are aware that, in time, Nature will reclaim their work as dust and shards. See a special “Fire and Light” photograph by Jim Lee, featuring shards of a raku figure by Emily Cox.

A Salon Night with the Artists will be held Thursday, May 15, featuring live music and hors d’oeuvres at 6pm and an artists’ talk at 7:00.The public also is invited for refreshments at Pleiades’ Third Friday reception, 6-9 pm on May 16.

Emily Cox works with fire to create romantic vases, sculptures and wall-hangings. Her ceramic work captures the movement and textures of the wildlife, wind and water of the Louisiana and North Carolina wetlands. Her raku-firing process infuses dark smoke into glowing, 1750-degree-clay. Each piece is etched, carved, stamped and painted with layers of textures and glazes, reds, turquoise, greens and golds reminiscent of light behind her home on New Hope Creek in Durham.

Jim Lee relies on light to capture fragments of nature in growth and decay. With his cameras he explores both the beauty and the harsh reality of nature’s living cycles. Whether the images are from still-lifes in his studio or natural captures from his treks into the field, he finds stories and textures in the smallest, often overlooked, details of his environment. Ultimately, his work is directed at illuminating the remains of what life produces.

Located in Downtown Durham, Pleiades is a contemporary fine art gallery that celebrates Durham’s rich, diverse cultural energy. The Gallery welcomes new art appreciators as well as established collectors and strives to both build strong relationships with its customers and to help connect various arts communities within the city.

For more information:

Pleiades Fine Art Gallery

109 E. Chapel Hill Street Durham, NC 27701


Call for Artists

Pleiades Gallery invites local artists to join our new and growing gallery. We are looking for a small number of responsible, talented artists of diverse backgrounds and media to come together to help the success of our gallery in downtown Durham. We are interested in a variety of art forms in both two dimensions (painting, drawing, fabric, etc.) and three dimensions (sculpture, pottery, wood, etc.). Membership to the gallery will be by juried selection.  An interview also will be required.

For more information check out our “Call for Artists” page.