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United Arts Council

Visual Art Exhibitions

Each year, the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County curates and sponsors 23 art exhibits in two locations: the Wake County Justice Center in downtown Raleigh and WakeMed Raleigh on New Bern Avenue. If you are interested in exhibiting your two-dimensional work in either location, contact Brandi Neuwirth at bneuwirth@unitedarts.org or (919) 839-1498, ext. 205.

New exhibits open:

WakeMed Raleigh, New Bern Campus
Paintings by Sonia Kane
through June 16

Double Dipping 1 by Sonia Kane


Artist  Statement
My artwork is an expression of the joy that I feel and the peace that I find in the simple beauty of life.  Whether hammocks or lemons, hillsides or courtyards, I am drawn to scenes that are touched by sunlight because they remind me to linger and appreciate God’s world.  Through my oil paintings I try to capture the fleeting magic that occurs when ordinary scenes are transformed by the sun.

North Carolina artist Sonia Kane is a painter of sunlit moments.  She loves looking for those times when the fleeting sun graces the shadows of an everyday scene with its transforming beauty.  Although educated as an aerospace engineer (yes, a rocket scientist!), Sonia has been developing her artistic gifts since she was a child.  Her award-winning oil paintings have been exhibited in numerous solo shows as well as public and private collections and galleries.



Wake County Justice Center (2nd, 3rd and 4th floors)
Paintings by Eric McRay
Through July 24, 2017

"Blue Bird"  by Eric McRay

Eric McRay’s exhibition at the Wake County Justice Center features a collection of his latest abstract paintings on canvas. Through a strongly intuitive process, McRay applies thick coats of richly colored acrylic paint to each canvas, giving them a distinct personality all their own.

"In this body of work, I have created new paintings in the tradition of the 1940s and 1950s mid-century, non-objective abstraction. My focus is on subjective, emotional expression with a particular emphasis on spontaneous, creative actions to create this dynamic series."

McRay received a BFA degree at the Maryland Institute, College of Art, where he earned a four-year scholarship for his artistic talent. A native of Washington, DC, McRay moved to North Carolina and has been exhibiting since 1987. In November 1998, he was juried into Raleigh’s prestigious Artspace. Since opening his Artspace studio in downtown Raleigh, McRay has served in the offices of Vice-President and President of the Artspace Artists Association, as well as served on Artspace’s board of directors and Executive Committee.

McRay’s artistic career has been featured on TV and radio programs, and in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites. The Raleigh News & Observer named him one of the “Artists to Watch”. Numerous times he has been listed among the “Best Local Artist” and “Favorite Local Artist”. McRay has received feature articles in Fortune Small Business, Art Business News, Our State Magazine, Walter Magazine and Southern Living Magazine.

Some of his collectors include the SAS Institute, American Tobacco Campus, North Carolina Central University Art Museum, Duke University Medical Center, Duke Health Raleigh Hospital, NC State University, UNC – Chapel Hill and Western Wake Hospital, as well as many private collectors locally, nationally and internationally. Also, McRay was privileged to participate in the Art in Embassies Program, which displayed his works in the US Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark.

410 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 170
Raleigh NC 27603

Phone: (919) 839-1498
Fax: (919) 839-6002