ROLESVILLE — Red Art Gallery, nearly completely run by the National Arts Honors Society of Rolesville High School, is opening its second show Friday, Valentines Day, at 7 p.m.
Appropriately titled Love, the show will feature works of art from high school students across Wake County.
The gallery is located at 101 N. Main Street, right in the heart of town. It is the brain child, or perhaps heart child is a better term, of art teacher Leo Barthelmess who inspired his students to dream big when they began to think about how the National Arts Honor Society at Rolesville High would be involved in the community.
“I wanted them to grasp this idea of a community gallery, and in so doing, they had to try and define what a community is,” Barthelmess said. “But high schoolers today are different. They don’t have set boundaries. They have a broader sense of a global community. So it was challenging for them to define it.”
Their first show was in January and was titled New Beginnings. The students reached out to the greater Rolesville area, asking local artists to contribute work. Soon, they had 40 pieces between their own work and those from community artists like Rolesville Planning Board Member George Drewett and lifelong resident Debra Young.
For the new show, the students invited other students from across the area to participate, highlighting a high schooler’s perspective on love. Participation is free, as is the show itself.
Rolesville students have spent the last week gathering and hanging the art, learning what it means to be a curator in the process.
Cailey McGinn, a Rolesville High student, was a curator for the first show, a new experience for the freshman.
“It’s really cool you don’t have to be in a private school to get this kind of experience,” she said. “I feel like we’re getting to help the community. There’s a lot of talent, but not a place to show it. Now there is,” she added.
Friday’s opening night will be from 7 to 9 p.m. and the gallery will post additional hours on its website, redgallerystudio.weebly.com, in addition to if there are changes due to this week’s storm. They also have a Twitter account,
@RedGalleryNC in addition to a Facebook page.