Pullen Arts Center Reopens in Northern Pullen Park
Classes, galleries, and studio time for artists of all ages and skill levels
The Pullen Arts Center reopened on Wednesday, Sept. 1st after renovations and expansions were complete. Located in the northern section of Pullen Park (105 Pullen Road, Raleigh, NC 27607), this facility provides a space for artists of all types, ages, and skill levels to learn, practice, and perfect their craft. Not only are there numerous classes to choose from but also chances to admire other artists’ work during a gallery visit. Furthermore, artists can pick up a studio membership to work on their art independently. As Demitri Martin said, “The Earth without art is just eh.”
Art classes and programming are organized into three categories: Adults, Creative Aging, and Youth & Teens. The first adult classes begin Sept. 7 and vary from bookmaking to jewelry. Creative Aging is a unique program for those that are 55 and up and have an appetite for painting. The classes span 12 weeks and at the conclusion the participant will bring home a self-portrait. Last but not least is the Youth & Teens programming. Although, classes are not currently up for this age bracket, expect the Winter/Spring schedule to include pottery, painting, and drawing. Together with Art4Fun Camps, your child will certainly have lots of opportunities to express themselves. Oh, and did we mention there is going to be a special Halloween-themed kid event? On Saturday, Oct. 30th drop by the Center for a Halloween-themed open house complete with make-and-take activities.
Art lover? The gallery is now open at the Pullen Arts Center. The three spaces (main, youth, and chalk wall) highlight work from local emerging and professional creators across NC. Visit Monday, 6-9pm; Wednesday, 1-7pm; or Thursday, 1:30-4:30pm to see the various pieces on display. A request can be made to see the art outside of regular hours by calling 919-996-6126. Monday-Friday visitors must have a parking permit, so check in at the front desk to obtain yours.
Completed a qualifying beginner-level class? If so, you now are eligible to purchase a studio membership. Memberships allow dedicated artisans to continue their practice independently when classes are not in session. The Center has five studios including: pottery, jewelry, painting & drawing, bookmaking & printing, and glass.