By Kathi McCorkle
WAKE FOREST — Tammy Kaufman has visited downtown’s Art After Hours many times. Now, as an artist exhibiting her works for the first time, she’ll get to experience the evening from a different perspective.
Originally from Texas, Kaufman traveled around the U.S. and Europe with her family before settling in North Carolina as a youth. When she got a little older, she visited Wake Forest, and as the story so often goes, fell in love with it. She has lived here for the past 20 years.
After retiring from a long career as an endurance mountain biker, she found a love and talent for pastel painting. Her works are inspired by the local landscape, and reflect her love of nature, and “the softer side of North Carolina,” she said.
She has often been found painting outside — en plein air — at area parks and greenways. Sometimes her photographer husband, Steve, and their dog, Frylie, accompany her.
See Kaufman’s pastel landscapes during July at Storyteller’s Bookstore, 158 S. White St. An opening reception takes place Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.
Also happening at Art After Hours:
•Sunflower Studio & Gallery, 214 E. Jones Ave. — Two artists are featured in the Guest Gallery from 5 to 9 p.m.
Everette Mayo Adelman, an exhibiting painter and printmaker since 1966, will show his abstract watercolors. His work is found in the permanent collections of Coca Cola, IBM and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum of Art, among others.
Eric McRay’s show, Pop Life, is inspired by pop art. McRay has been featured on TV and radio and in numerous newspapers and magazines. He was featured in the June 2002 issue of Southern Living Magazine, and in 2008, he was named Best Local Artist by Metro Magazine.
•Next Consignment Boutique, 210 S. White St., presents Slabtown Holiday, featuring the music of Samuel Garner and Dayne Shelor. The duo’s style leans toward interpreting modern songs with a mix of traditional or old mountain tunes, with the emphasis on fun. They’ll start playing out front at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served inside.
•Artists’ Nook at Mimosa, 111 S. White St. — Opening reception for Artist Lindy Muse, who exhibits her crisp and gentle nature-themed watercolor and batik pieces done on rice paper.
New pieces from resident artists Mary Benejam, Trish Nardozzi and Linda Martin will also be displayed during the reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Live music starts around 7:30 p.m.
•The Cotton Company, 306 S. White St. — reception for featured artist, photographer Sue McGlothlin as she exhibits her collection of images from across North Carolina. Her photography is ready to hang in frames that are locally handcrafted. Wine samples and refreshments will be served.
•Wake Forest Coffee Company, 156 S. White St., welcomes visitors upstairs to the Artists’ Loft & Gallery from 5 to 9:30 p.m. where artists work and exhibit watercolors, oils, acrylics and photography. Recently setting up studio space in the loft are Corey Choplin (acrylics and watercolors), Grace Kim (nature-inspired mixed media), Mary Margaret Steele (watercolor and oils) and Nicki Morin Black (encaustics, acrylics, stained glass mosaics, watercolor and mixed media).
•Take a free horse and carriage ride on White Street, then enjoy some tasty barbecue and a beer from Natty Green’s guest tap — or a gold award-winning Kolsch-style ale — at White Street Brewing Company, 218 S. White St. Red Hot & Blue’s food truck will be parked out front starting at 5 p.m. and live music by Spaceship Days starts at 8 p.m.
Other shops and galleries regularly participating in Art After Hours include Wake Forest Art & Frame, North Carolina General Store, For Old Times Sake Antiques, B & W Hardware and Red Door Interiors and Antiques.
Art After Hours is a function of Wake Forest Downtown, Inc. (WFD) and participating merchants. For more information, see tiny.cc/WF_AAH.