On a recent trip to San Francisco, artist and NCCU professor Pamela George was inspired, by similar efforts, to return to Durham and found upstART Gallery with artist and Duke visiting professor Jim Lee. Their vision: to connect emerging artists with retail, restaurant and abandoned spaces, where work can be displayed and purchased. “We are featuring artists whose work we have been blow away by,” says George.

The inaugural opening celebrates the work of NCCU art professor Achamyeleh Debela, whose collection of digitized images ranges from explosions of saturated colors to almost mathematical constructions. Noon to 4 p.m., Fowler’s Fine Food and Wine, 112 S. Duke St., Durham. For more information email pamelageorge@mindspring.com.