ADF@Pleiades Gallery

ADF student dancers improvising at Five Points.

ADF student dancers improvising at Five Points.

Continuing its joyous spread into the Durham community, the American Dance Festival teamed up with the recently-opened Pleiades Gallery at Durham’s Five Points for a fun pop-up event. Pleiades is showing dance-themed art in its current show of work by co-op members, but on the 27th several of the wonderful posters designed each year for the dance festival were on view as well.

The small bright gallery boiled with people as the student dancers and hard-core ADFers packed the place, sipping drinks and scarfing up the snacks provided by downtown businesses like Loaf and Pizzeria Toro, right next door.

The dancing began inside Pleiades Gallery, just out of the frame to the right, and flowed into the Five Points park.

The dancing began inside Pleiades Gallery, just out of the frame, right, and flowed into the Five Points park.

Music began; the crowd pressed back toward the walls, and the dancing started. After one improv dance in the gallery, the students surged outside. The crowd followed, across Chapel Hill Street into the Five Points park, where there was considerably more room to turn around. Undeterred by brick, the students jumped and twirled. I even saw somersaults. It was a not a piece of choreographic brilliance, but it sure was sweet.

In the park, various surprised people stopped to watch, uncertain but smiling. On Main, a flock of bicyclists wheeled by, waving. The downtown bike cops looked on benevolently from the point, and stopped cars when the dance ended and the people flowed back into the gallery. It was a festive hour for the Festival.


Tour de Fat Cruises Five Points

Something involving beer and bicycles is happening here in downtown Durham today. The Tour de Fat–a bike ride sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company, which makes Fat Tire Ale. In typical Durham fashion (there was probably a Scrap Exchange make-it party before the ride) there were a lot of tulle skirts, feather boas, fairy wings and purple hair on view as the parade rolled by Five Points. I love Durham. Click on first image to enlarge and activate the gallery.

More stars at Five Points: Pleiades Gallery to open 4/6

Kimberly Wheaton's gallery-opening scene awaits tomorrow's gallery opening

Kimberly Wheaton’s gallery-opening scene awaits tomorrow’s gallery opening

Downtown Durham’s Five Points continues to transform in delightful ways. The newest neighbor is a daring enterprise, an art gallery. And not just any kind of gallery, but, according to co-owner Renee Leverty, a “hybrid.” Leverty, a sculptor, and co-owner Kimberly Wheaton, a painter, formed a for-profit LLC for the Pleiades Gallery at 109 E. Chapel Hill Street (between Pizzeria Toro and the Marriott), but they also started a collective of artists to show their work and to staff the space. It’s an arrangement that may help them all to dodge the pitfalls of both types. Currently, the collective includes seven artists working in a variety of media, and Leverty says that the group is looking for three more, probably sculptors, to fill out the roster. For hours, etc., see

Wheaton & Leverty in window

Wheaton & Leverty through the window of Pleiades Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St.

One of Leverty's metal sculptures

One of Leverty’s metal sculptures reaching for a new home

Renee Leverty, co-owner of the "hybrid" gallery Pleiades

Renee Leverty, co-owner of the “hybrid” gallery Pleiades

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