Making a name for yourself as an artist, particularly if you're new to the competitive art world, can be a challenge. One of the reasons why Adam and Cindy Cave opened Adam Cave Art in 2008 was to give both budding and experienced local artists a leg up in their careers.
My wife Cindy Cave and I opened Adam Cave Fine Art with the goals of helping artists achieve financial success; helping art lovers become art collectors; and helping art collectors build collections of beauty, value, and integrity," says the gallery's owner, Adam Cave. "Adam Cave Fine Art currently represents over 25 painters, printmakers, and sculptors from across the state and around the country."
The gallery began in an 120-year old historic building in the center of downtown Raleigh. "We spent our first eight years downtown but moved this year to our current location on Progress Court," says Cave. "The gallery now occupies an interesting industrial, mixed use neighborhood where many similar creative businesses are moving."
The Caves both have fine art degrees and worked in the industry for several years before opening their own gallery. Cindy Cave receives commissions to paint numerous portraits and murals for local homes and businesses, and occasionally displays exhibits in the gallery.
The gallery presents between 6 and 8 solo and group exhibits annually and besides traditional artwork also showcases mixed media and more unique exhibit offerings. "With so many exciting artists, there have been many exhibits of note over the years," says Cave. "Of course a few do stand out. In the spring of 2015 we transformed our space into a 'forest- of giant eight and nine foot tall mixed media sculptures by Raleigh sculptor Greg Carter. For the opening the artist collaborated with Living Brush, 5-time world champion body painters, who painted models, head to toe, to look like the sculptures."
Past exhibits include works by painter and musician Will Goodyear (featuring the largest painting ever shown at Adam Cave Fine Art at 8'x8'), sculptor Catherine Thornton, and eastern North Carolina artist Jimmy Craig Womble II.
Adam Cave Fine Art also offers several art-related services including custom picture framing, art consultation, residential, corporate, and restaurant art installation, and corporate art services. The gallery is also a full service book publisher that can design, write, and edit small-run art books and catalogs that are supplied to galleries, artists, and collectors.
The gallery's hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM and also by appointment.