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Sertoma Arts Center

Raleigh Arts


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Located in the heart of Shelley Lake Park, Sertoma Arts Center is a fun, creative destination for all ages, offering classes and workshops in painting, drawing, photography, pottery, performing arts, printmaking, jewelry, fibers studio, fitness, and more, along with exhibitions, studio spaces, group support, and community outreach. Sertoma's outreach partners include the North Carolina Arts Council and Wake County Public School System.

Sertoma Arts Center is part of a learning community of 11 arts organizations that collaborate to advocate for and improve access to the arts for people with disabilities. This collective is funded in part by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.

Important Update

Sertoma Arts Center has resumed normal operating hours with a reduced capacity. To adhere to reduced capacity requirements, studio use will require a reservation. Programs will run as scheduled and building entrance priority will be given to students attending class and pre-registered studio users. For assistance or questions, call ahead at 919-996-2329.

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Contact

 

Sertoma Arts Center
sertomaartscenter@raleighnc.gov
919-996-2329

Julia Meder
Director
julia.meder@raleighnc.gov

Kendal Draper
Assistant Director
kendal.draper@raleighnc.gov

Address

Sertoma Arts Center
1400 Millbrook Road
Raleigh, NC 27612

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Hours

Normal operating hours have resumed with a reduced capacity. In order to adhere to reduced capacity requirements, studio use will require a reservation. Programs will run as scheduled and building entrance priority will be given to students attending class and pre-registered studio users.

For assistance or questions, call ahead at 919-996-2329.

 
Monday:
9:00 am-10:00 pm
Tuesday:
9:00 am-10:00 pm
Wednesday:
9:00 am-10:00 pm
Thursday:
9:00 am-10:00 pm
Friday:
9:00 am-1:00 pm
Saturday:
10:00 am-5:00 pm
Sunday:
12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Programs, Classes, & Activities

Sertoma Arts Center offers a wide variety of programs, classes, and activities for families, youth, teens, adults, and seniors. 

Register for Sertoma Arts Center programs, classes, and activities

Studios

Sertoma Arts Center offers studio memberships to our three studios: painting, pottery, and jewelry. Raleigh residents and non-residents can purchase a studio card that will allow them to work independently when classes are not in session. Participants are eligible to purchase a studio card after they have completed a qualifying class.

In order to adhere to reduced capacity requirements, studio cardholders and students currently enrolled are required to make a reservation for studio use. For assistance or questions, call ahead at 919-996-2329.

Two women creating jewelry

Jewelry | Studio Features

  • Two-room work studio
  • Acetylene torch
  • Enameling kilns
  • Equipment and special classes for etching and niobium
  • Hydraulic press, roll mill, and community hand tools for jewelry making and stone setting

Patrons must complete and pass* a beginning jewelry class at Sertoma Arts Center to qualify for a studio card. Pullen jewelers must complete a studio orientation to qualify.

*Passing grade determined by the instructor.

For information about open studio times please call 919-996-2329.

Instructor and student in painting class at Sertoma Arts Center

Painting | Studio Features

  • Large open space filled with windows and natural light
  • Balcony access perfect for plein air painting
  • Tabletop and floor easels
  • Reference materials for in-house use
  • Models, stands, lighting and still-life props available

Patrons must complete any drawing or painting course at Sertoma Arts Center to qualify for a studio card.

For information about open studio times please call 919-996-2329.

Man creating pottery piece during class at Sertoma Arts Center

Pottery | Studio Features

  • Spacious work studio with more than a dozen wheels
  • Separate work areas for glazing, hand-building, and wheel throwing
  • Slab roller and extruder
  • Regular firing of electric kilns, with Cone 6 oxidation electric firing the primary method. A Cone 10 gas kiln is fired approximately once a month. Works are fired in seven to 14 days
  • On-site store with a selection of tools and clay for registered students and studio cardholders. All clay must be purchased from Sertoma. Glazes must be approved.
  • Glaze and two firings are included in the price for studio cardholders and students

Patrons must complete and pass* a beginning hand-building or beginning wheel class at Sertoma Arts Center to qualify for a studio card. Two options for each beginning course are offered every session. Pullen studio members must complete a studio orientation to qualify (offered once per session).

*To pass your beginning class and qualify for a card, you must attend the first class and the glazing class (typically around the 5th week), and you cannot miss more than two classes.

Open Studio Reservations

Pottery open studio members must reserve a space ahead of time. For reservations, please call 919-996-2329

Gallery Exhibition Program

Sertoma Arts Center Gallery Rental Space

Sertoma Arts Center showcases emerging artists living and/or working in and around Wake County, along with special themed exhibits such as the Sertoma Student/Instructor/Patron exhibit and Sertoma's co-sponsored artist group exhibits. Artists working in 2D and 3D are encouraged to apply using the 2022 Gallery Submissions Form. This is a family-friendly facility - please bear this in mind when submitting exhibit requests.

Gallery Spaces

  • Raleigh Room | The Raleigh Room gallery is our largest exhibit space, located in a multipurpose room on the main floor.
  • Hallway Space | The Hallway gallery is located on the main floor and runs through the center of the facility.
  • Display Cases | Glass display cases with four non-adjustable glass shelves are located on the main floor. The front desk display case offers adjustable shelves.
2021 Gallery Exhibition Schedule
Date Raleigh Room Hall Gallery Display Cases
March
SPAA SPAA SPAA
April
Sertoma Park Artists' Annual Show Sertoma Park Artists' Annual Show Sertoma Park Artists' Annual Show
May - June
Jan-Ru Wan   Jennifer Mecca
July - August
Triangle Visual Artists Linda Hauser and Ari Ferro Janine LeBlanc (Open Shelf) and Triangle Visual Artists' (Glass Cases)
September - October
Caitlin Cary Transitions Day Program by A Small Miracle  
November - December
Student/Instructor/Patron Show Student/Instructor/Patron Show Student/Instructor/Patron Show

Facility Rentals

Sertoma Arts Center is currently accepting outdoor rentals for Peter Williams Park picnic shelter only. We hope to be able to take indoor reservations in the coming months. For more information on rentals, please contact us at Jennie.Saponaro@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2329.

About the Picnic Shelter

  • Capacity: 36-60
  • 4 tables
  • 1 grill
  • No electricity
  • $12/hr to rent
  • 2-hour rental minimum

Submit a rental request