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SHIMMER: The Art of Light Returns


During the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, February 10 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., over 20 illuminated art installations and light projections from artists will be featured in outdoor and indoor settings, in downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro. SHIMMER: The Art of Light is a free, one- night event planned in cooperation with the towns as well as local organizations and businesses.

 A giant lite-bright, a shadow puppet display, and a mystery box are sure to delight viewers.

Venues range from exterior walls and open spaces to window displays. The artistic endeavors include 3D installations, projection art, interactive installations and performances. Through the exhibition, a cultural bridge is being created between Chapel Hill and Carrboro, focusing on the creativity of our region.

The majority of this year's installations are
created by art and media professors from around the country and many by professors representing UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Pembroke, Duke, NC State, and Winston-Salem State Universities. Their artworks are the result of their experience and experiments with visual and electronic media. Many of these works explore thoughtful questions about our media-infused world, and the good, and perhaps ills, of our electronically connected society.

Last year, the inaugural SHIMMER exhibition brought out around 2,000 people on a bitterly cold winter's night to view the installations, which had a positive economic impact on local businesses within the installation zone and beyond.

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The SHIMMER: The Art of Light event is presented by Chapel Hill's Parks & Recreation Department and was created by smArts creative programs & events, LLC. The event is also sponsored by Duke Energy Foundation, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Orange County/Chapel Hill Visitors Bureau, Carrboro Tourism Development Authority and the Town of Carrboro, ChapelHill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, the Rivers Agency and Ram Realty Services.
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.  Learn more at