The Visual Art Exchange (VAE) is a fantastic organization in downtown Raleigh. They do great work for the art community as well as their public outreach programs. You can check them out and see a lot of great artists on their site. http://visualartexchange.org/
Those crazy chicks that run the place are pretty cool as well. They do monthly exhibitions in the main gallery and four member shows in their smaller Exchange Gallery. I was one of the four for the month of April in 2009. And I have the privilege of showing there again this October, but in the VAE's new and larger location. They will have 4x the space than in the old one. Congratulations!