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LITMUS GALLERY & STUDIOS participates in Raleigh's First Friday Art Walk held each month of the year.  In addition to having featured artists each month, Litmus studio artists also have their art on display and their studios open for touring.  Paintings, photography, pottery, mixed media art, drawings/sketches, and sculpture are some of the art forms available for viewing and purchase each month.



January 2-30, 2015 

Litmus Gallery & Studios

312 West Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Reception: Friday, January 2, 2015 / 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exhibit open: by appointment (919-571-3605 / artvision@bellsouth.net

Exhibit closes: Friday, January 30, 2015

Welcome in 2015 by viewing the exciting works by our two January featured artists, Teresa Stephens & Tricia McKellar.  They are two photographers who ran seemingly parallel lives until recently when they were lucky enough to be at the same place at the same time and started chatting.  Women, mothers, spouses, daughters,  friends, artists;  viewing the world through ever changing lenses, knowing that each step brings something new.  Not all crossroads are monumental and heralded, but every one impacts who we are and where we are headed.  


February 6-27, 2015

Litmus Gallery & Studios

312 West Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Reception: Friday, February 6, 2015 / 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Exhibit open: Fridays, 10 am - 2 pm and by appointment (919-571-3605 / artvision@bellsouth.net

Exhibit closes: Friday, 2:00 pm, February 27, 2015

Exhibit description: Shabnam Nassir's paintings have a universal language that speaks from her heart and she is bonded to every single one.  She enjoys creating abstracts because they can take you places where the confines of description cannot! Her themes are all about feelings, dreams, patterns, visions mixed with graphic design.  She loves working with texture as she loves to be able to touch her paintings, thus giving them life and depth, and the illusion of running her fingers over a moment.





Session Schedule: 

Wednesdays: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm on January 21 & 28 and February 4

Saturdays: 10:30 am to 1:30 pm on January 24 & 31 and February 7  


This six (6) session workshop is devoted to creating a realistic 3-D clay portrait bust (head, neck, and possibly top part of shoulders) of the human head.  Clay has been used throughout the centuries to create beautiful and enduring works of art. The skills learned in this workshop can used to produce other treasured portraits of loved ones or special friends.  Basic instructional techniques will be provided for sculpting a portrait using photos and working with a live female model.  From building an armature to applying finishing touches, sculpting techniques will be emphasized in a step-by-step process to complete an anatomically correct portrait and lifelike representation of the human head.  The workshop fee is $125 (payment is due at the first session on January 21 and can be by cash or check/money order made out to James Fatata, sorry no credit cards).   The fee covers the use of sculpting stand, portrait armature, model fee, studio facility, and bisque firing of the finished portrait.  Water-base clay will be available for purchase at the first session for $15 per twenty-five pounds bag.  The workshop is limited to eight participants and will be held at Litmus Gallery & Studios at 312 W. Cabarrus Street in downtown Raleigh.  Those wishing to attend must reserve a space in advance.  Notification will be sent to those requesting a space as to whether there is a space for them or if they are on the “wait list”.  Refunds will not be given for missed sessions.  Additional questions or to register for the workshop: artvision@bellsouth.net / 919-571-3605

In order to give artists the opportunity to exhibit their work, Litmus Gallery & Studios provides a space each month for 1-4 artists to host an art exhibit.  Selected artists are to work collaboratively to share the areas available for art display, install the exhibit, help advertise the exhibit, and provide refreshments for, manage, and attend the First Friday 6-9 PM reception for the exhibit.  All works of art exhibited must be for sale.  Works must be original and committed to the show for the entire exhibition period.  Litmus Gallery & Studios reserves the right to refuse any work that is not properly presented, requires special installation, or is deemed inappropriate by the Litmus Gallery selection committee. 

Presentation Specifications: All 2D work must be completely prepared for hanging with wire.  Wire must not be frayed and must support the weight of the piece.  No “saw tooth” hangers may be used.  Maximum framed size cannot exceed 50” in any direction.  2D and 3D art cannot exceed 50 pounds.

Liability: Exhibiting artists retain ownership of all work exhibited at Litmus Gallery & Studios.  Works are exhibited at the risk of the artist.  Although the utmost care will be taken in handling all art work, Litmus Gallery & Studios will not be responsible for damage or loss from any cause.  Submitting a work of art shall imply an agreement on the part of the artist to the conditions set forth here. 

Sales: Sales will be encouraged.  Litmus Gallery & Studios will retain a commission of 30 % on all sales.  The artist is committed to the sale price placed on the art at the time of delivery.  In order to encourage sales Litmus Gallery participates in Raleigh’s GRCVB SmartCard program. A discount of 10% on one work by a featured artist is offered to each leisure visitor and convention attendee shopping at our gallery.  The 10% discount is taken out of the gallery commission and the artist still receives 70% of the sales price.

Installation of Art: Arrangements for installation of art should be made one week prior to the month that the art is to be displayed by calling (919) 571-3605 or emailing artvision@bellsouth.net.  Artists are responsible for installing their art and labeling installed art with the name of the work, size, medium and price.   

Removal: Unless sold, all artwork must remain on view until the close of the exhibition.  Unsold works should be picked up 4-7 PM on the Monday prior to the first Friday of the next month or by special arrangement.

Inventory: Exhibiting artists are to provide an inventory of all art being exhibited that includes the title of the work, dimensions, medium and price.  

Applying: Artists interested in exhibiting their work should email artvision@bellsouth.net expressing their interest, months they would be interested in exhibiting, best phone contact number, and three (3) attached photos that show examples of their work that are labeled with the title of the work, dimensions, medium, and price.

Selection: Artists selected for an exhibition at Litmus Gallery will be emailed the “Featured Artist Form” to complete.  The form can be scanned and emailed back to artvision@bellsouth.net or mailed to: Litmus Gallery & Studios, 312 W. Cabarrus St., Raleigh, NC, 27601. 



Studio Spaces: $150 - $320

Call 919-571-3605 or email artvision@bellsouth.net to check on availability.




The clay torso sculpture created is a representation of the trunk of the body.  In addition, it includes a small part of the neck but not the head, a portion of the arms above the elbow, and the legs above the knees.  A client can be sculpted in either a standing, seated, or reclining pose.  If a standing pose is selected, the completed sculpture will be approximately 12 inches in height -- ideal for displaying on a coffee or end table, bookshelf, or pedestal. 


It normally takes two 3-hour sessions, scheduled on different days, to complete the sculpture.  Occasionally, depending on the complexity of the pose, an additional session may be required.  During each 3-hour session the client will pose nude for 20 minute time intervals separated by 5-minute breaks.  Upon completion, the sculpture will be air-dried for several weeks and then bisque fired.  Once fired, a clear acrylic matte finish will be applied to seal the surface.  Felt will be placed on the base of the sculpture.  If a client is not available to pose in person, a torso sculpture can be completed using just photos.


Sculpting sessions are normally conducted during afternoons or evenings, Sunday through Thursday.  However, sessions can be scheduled at other times to fit a client’s schedule.


Sculpting sessions will be held in the artist’s studio located at 312 West Cabarrus Street in downtown Raleigh.  Litmus Art Gallery and several other studios are located in the same building.


The cost of a commissioned clay torso sculpture as described is $375.00, which is due at the completion of the sculpture.  If the completed sculpture does not meet the client’s expectations or for any other reasons the client does not wish to proceed with the purchase, the client may decline the purchase without additional financial obligation.  If the purchase is declined the completed sculpture will become the property of the sculptor.  Clients will not receive any payment for the time spent posing for the sculpture. 

*Information and prices on additional sculptural options are available upon request.


James (Jim) Fatata is an accomplished artist who specializes in figurative sculpture.  His works have been juried into numerous art shows and exhibitions.  You can see examples of his work by visiting Litmus Art Gallery and his studio at 312 W. Cabarrus St. in Raleigh, NC or by viewing his work on the web at www.litmusgallery.com or www.tristatesculptors.org.


Additional Information: Raleigh Sculpture Group / Modeling Opportunities

Resident Artists

Take a few minutes and tour the gallery by selecting any of the images below for an artist profile & information.



JoAnn Lobur


Jim Fatata

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