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Pop-up art exhibit asks the public to create self portraits

Posted July 13

Gullow shows some of her self portraits as part of her pop-up exhibit at downtown Raleigh's Artspace.

If you happen to be in downtown Raleigh before the end of the month, pop on over to Artspace where a special exhibit lets gallery visitors of all ages draw their own self portrait.

The exhibit called One is a Crowd is the creation of artist Ursula Gullow. The public art project asks participants to consider the ways they perceive themselves and others in relations to the people around them.

You'll find her in Artspace's first floor Upfront gallery. Gullow has pencils, pens, markers, paint, paper and other things you might need to make your own portrait. No experience is necessary. You don't need to be a professional artist to contribute and kids are more than welcome. Both of mine had fun creating their own self portraits with some tips from Gullow.

In fact, Gullow said she especially loves the back and forth with people as they create their pieces. There is no charge to create and contribute a self portrait.

"Each one of these portraits represent an exchange, a social exchange," she said.

The exhibit will morph over the next few weeks as more portraits are added and Gullow adds some splashes of color to the walls.

"It's constantly changing even as I'm installing it," she said.

The final project will be on display from Aug. 4 to Sept. 30. Contributors can pick up their portraits anytime after Sept. 5.

You can visit Gullow during Artspace's public hours. It's open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, though she'll be away from the space Saturday morning and weekday mornings next week to teach classes. (But you can catch her in the afternoons).

Families are invited to her Saturday class, which is 10 a.m. to noon. The cost is $15. It's part of Artspace's Connect & Create workshop series, which are designed for families to create works of art together. Pre-registration is required. They do fill up. Artspace's website has the details.

Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St., about two blocks from Marbles Kids Museum.

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