A Place For Artists And Folks Who Like Art
310 East Johnston Street
Smithfield NC 27577
919 601 3131
open M-F 9 am till 5pm, Third Friday 7 - 10 pm
Most Saturday's from 11 till 3 and by appointment

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© Franco
•Saturday Afternoon Art Classes are held each Saturday afternoon from 1 till 3 pm.  
•Friday April 15, 2011 Opening Reception for Franco
•Saturday May 7, 2011 RCA's Art Station of the Ham and Yam Festival
•Friday May 13, 2011 Opening Reception Opening Reception for 

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Friday April 15, 2011 Franco's Opening Reception from 7 pm till 10 pm. Franco is a visual activist awakening his audiences through conscious and exciting art. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Art at North Carolina Central University with a concentration in Visual Communications and a Certificate in Multimedia at The School of Communication Arts. Franco primarily works in the digital environment but also enjoys acrylic and other mediums. His artwork tends to focus on social, political and cultural issues which he express’s through bold colors and iconic imagery. Many of Franco’s thought-provoking images center around the iconic fist hair pick symbolizing the ‘70’s theme of peace, love, and revolution. His influences are the civil rights movement, music, american pop and hip hop culture. He wishes to take his audience on a creative journey that will relax their minds and allow their conscious to be free.

RCA's ART STATION is part of the Ham and Yam Festival, May 7, 2011.  This is our 2nd year of blocking our part of Third Street, popping up tents and showing off our art.  There is space and time for you to get registered.  This is a benefit and al of the booth rental goes toward paying our rent.  Artists and organizations are encouraged to reserve your spot asap.  Email RiverCityArts@rocketmail.com and we'll email you an application.Opening Reception for Gerard Lange Friday October 22, 2010 - November 14, 2010  River City Arts310 East Johnston Street Smithfield, NC.WILSON NC 2007–present

Part of being a photographer is simply to observe one’s environment. Typically the medium has the built-in assumption that the object under scrutiny is a “real” thing, an actual object or a scene, which truly took place. Upon moving from Atlanta to rural Eastern North Carolina I became interested in the façades of buildings and how the physical presence of that business functions as a package identity. Business identities are worn on the façades, and often exude a cultural message. Some businesses are new and portray an ethnic identity, while others appear to have remained unchanged since the 1960s. For aesthetics, these scenes were photographed to look like scale models and toy structures. A pun and cliché that I am intentionally exploiting in the images is the concept of a “model community.” When hobbyists construct an artificial environment they do so to suit their own predispositions and ideals. Every self-made business person also aspires to some ideal, manifest in the visual identity of their business. Likewise, this reduction of façades to a model-like appearance captures the essence of these anthropological. gems from my own point of view.