VAE hosts several artist-run groups, giving them space to meet, connect and plan a path to world domination! All groups are open to anyone interested in attending. 

Plein Air Painters Group
Meets the fourth Saturday of each month at varying locations (warmer months). 
The group, led by Ann Neely, creates art in response to the surrounding area. Locations have included: Historic Blount/Polk Streets. Raleigh; Mordecai Plantation; Joslin Gardens; Historic Oakwood; City Market/Moore Square; Rebus Works/South Boylan; Jordan Lake; St Agnes Hospital at St. Augustine's University; Nash Square; Flowers Cottage, Dorothea Dix Park. This group is open to artists working in a wide range of media. Contact VAE for meet-up details.

All artists’ group are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.

Metalsmith's Group
Meets the second Monday of every month at 7pm at VAE
The metalsmiths' group is VAE's newest artist group, focused on supporting jewelry makers and metalsmiths. The group will be providing support, educational resources, peer critiques, and discussions about pricing, workshops, collaborative exhibits, field trips, etc.

All artists’ groups are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.

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Photographers’ Group
Meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7pm at VAE
This group, coordinated by Ray Pfeiffer, provides a supportive network for photographers looking to explore ideas and techniques, as well as offer each other feedback and support. Conversations typically include discussing exhibition, technical, and professional development opportunities!

All artists’ groups are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.

Abstract & Contemporary Artists’ Group
Meets the second Saturday of each month at 9:30am at VAE. (interested in facilitating a second monthly session? email us!)
This group is similar in concept and practice to the original Painters’ forum but geared more toward artists working with abstraction and contemporary concepts and techniques.

All artists’ groups are free to VAE members and $5 for non-members.

Tongue & Groove Open Mic Group
Meets the second Sunday of every month @ VAE
Open mic for poets, musicians, storytellers, & more. Doors and list open at 7 PM, show begins at 7:30 PM, 7-min slots. Covers welcome, originals encouraged!

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Not seeing one that fits you? Want to start your own artist group?  Contact Brandon!