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Litmus Gallery & Studios Offers an Evolving Space for Artists to Display Their Work

By Kelly Church

Founded by JoAnn Lobur, Litmus Gallery & Studios is a space to celebrate all types of art. Lobur, a potter, relinquished management of her gallery to James Fatata, a sculpture artist, after she moved away from the studio's location in Raleigh, NC. Fatata manages not just the gallery, but the studio spaces that share the property. Here, resident artists are welcomed to create their own masterpieces in whatever art medium they choose. Fatata is also a resident artist here. 

The gallery hosts three to four juried shows each year. Every November is the annual Anything Goes themed art show that is open for artists to submit their most creative work to display. Litmus is also hosting Petcasso: Animals in Art as a juried show that will display artwork relating to animals and the proceeds will go to an animal charity.

Other juried shows include Transcending Nature, showing art that deals with landscapes and the natural world, and Exposed: Nudes in Art that welcomes contemporary artists to show people how they perceive the human form. The varied types of juried art shows are Litmus' way of welcoming artists of all kinds and viewers with all interests to the gallery. 

"Litmus takes pride in being a creative incubator that hosts artists working in varied media and in providing several opportunities for artists to exhibit their work," Fatata says. 

Every first Friday of the month, the gallery is open to the public for free. Patrons of all ages are welcomed into the studio to see unique artwork and even meet the artists. The gallery is located in an area that features many other art galleries, a contemporary art museum and restaurants, creating an environment that is fun and welcoming. 

The gallery and resident artist studios are open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on every Thursday and also by appointment. Artwork can be purchases, and Fatata says much of it is affordable, through the gallery. 

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