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Art Deco Architecture: Raleigh’s Style in Short Supply

Durham Life Building

Architecturally speaking, Raleigh is known for its modernist buildings, specifically of the mid-century era. What we have far less of is Art Deco, which was popular in the 1920s to 1940s. This style combined a minimalist and sleek design with use of icons and patterns, sometimes from other cultures.

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Raleigh’s Enigmatic Buddha Wall — Brought to Light by VAE

Photo by I.F.G. Dunn

I cannot wait until Thursday! Not only will Raleigh’s Visual Art Exchange be celebrating the opening of their new digs at 309 W. Martin St., but the long-lost and forgotten iconic  ‘Buddha Wall’ will be made available for public viewing for the first time in more than 20 years.

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CAM: A Work of Art, Housing Works of Art

This weekend the Contemporary Art Museum will officially open with a catered street festival and black tie event Friday, and the free admission official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday.

It’s my belief that CAM’s opening in this beautiful building in the Warehouse District is the greatest thing to happen to Downtown Raleigh since the new Convention Center opened almost three years ago.

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