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Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival 2014

Saturday May 17, 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday May 18, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Artsplosure’s mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artists accessible to the public – all in an effort to enrich our community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.

Artsplosure was conceived in 1978 by subcommittees of the newly formed City of Raleigh Arts Commission who were planning a citywide arts festival that would combine an “explosion” of art activity with people’s “exposure” to all types of art. The following year, Artsplosure was incorporated to produce high quality and accessible arts festivals and to identify, nurture, and showcase artists seeking to reach wider audiences. Since its first festival in April 1980, Artsplosure has presented thousands of established and emerging artists whose works span across many disciplines and art forms in both traditional and non-traditional indoor venues and outdoor settings.

Abstract painting titled Red Adventure by Bob Rankin

Red Adventure

by Bob Rankin

The painting Red Adventure serves as inspiration for the 2014 Artsplosure marketing campaign.

Artist’s Statement: My work is an exploration of color, composition, texture, and surface using a representational and or abstract approach inspired by international experiences.

Although the first official Artsplosure festival was held 35 years ago in April 1980, the festival’s origins go back to 1972 when Bob Rankin and a band of young artists – the Raleigh Art People – launched “Art in the Village” at Cameron Village. Three years later, Rankin and his compatriots Nancy Redman and Willis Williams, by then calling themselves the Raleigh Artist Community, expanded the festival to include the performing arts, moved it to Pullen Park, and renamed the festival “Pullen Arts Together.” In 1981, Artsplosure joined forces with the Raleigh Artist Community and the Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department to present “Artsplosure” in Pullen Park, thereby creating the successful template upon which today’s Artsplosure festival is built.

Artsplosure thanks Bob Rankin for his vision and ambition in the 1970s, for being a mainstay exhibiting Artsplosure artist, and for creating some of Artsplosure’s most memorable visual images over the past 35 years.

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