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June Art After Hours, featuring Abstract Artist Justin Helms


Every second Friday, downtown Wake Forest hosts local artists during an event called Art After Hours. As people cruise down South White Street, they will want to make sure to place The Cotton Company on their list of must see places as the shop hosts North Carolina native and abstract artist Justin Helms.

Justin Helms began to have a taste for abstract art in 2001 and has been developing his take on the art form ever since. Helms received his fine arts degree from Appalachian State University and at the start of his exhibit at The Cotton Company, will have recently graduated from the Art Institute of Durham. He enjoys exploring the concepts of shape in his work as well as connecting his art with psychology as he “explores the tension and harmony found in balancing an outward reality to his inner psyche.” His hope for viewers is that they, too, will explore the “shapes that appear to relate, transition, and evolve.”

In addition to Helms’ exhibit, The Cotton Company will also be hosting musicians Peggy Hayes and Doug Kobs who will be playing variations of jazz, pop, and blues. Hayes and Kobs met in 2012 and connected immediately when they found out that they shared a love for jazz music. They have performed at other venues in the Triangle and The Cotton Company is pleased to be hosting them for the first time.

Enjoy refreshments, wine samples, and live music as you experience Justin Helms’ abstract art exhibit June 12th from 6pm to 9pm. Helms’ exhibit will hang in The Cotton Company Gallery from June 8th-July 5th. All pieces are available for purchase.

The Cotton Company is a boutique marketplace shopping destination and art gallery in the heart of downtown Wake Forest, North Carolina. With over sixty individual businesses and artists, we strive to support small businesses and drive the entrepreneurial spirit of the vendors who reside inside.

For more information, contact April Cannon at (919) 570-0087.

306 S. White Street, Wake Forest, NC - 919-570-0087

Store Hours: Mon-Thurs 10-6pm, Fri-Sat 10-8pm, Sun 1-5pm