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Next Open Studios/Gallery Reception
Thursday, May 10 5–8pm
*with special musical guest The Durham Street Piano Player (AKA Tom Merrigan) playing out front on the porch.
currently on display in the gallery through May 26 . . .
Newest gallery member Preston Montague shares his amazingly detailed and adventurous botanical illustrations as originals, prints, and cards. Codex Carolinum is a 26-piece illustration series designed to encourage natural science literacy and features native plants of North Carolina that have historically been used as food or medicine.
Wildlife photographer Ricky Davis (who has work in the Birds of the Carolinas field book published by UNC Press) shares birding and other wildlife photography from his travels across the state.
Raleigh-based potter Liz Kelly has a batch of new work including serving bowls, plates, earrings, cups, tumblers, mugs, and more. Much of this work utilizes commercial grade decals to decorate the handmade wares with layers of floral designs.
Upcoming GALLERY EXHIBITS
JUNE & JULY — All Star Salon Style Group Exhibit.
AUGUST & SEPTEMBER — Printmaking collaborations between Master Printmaker Brian Garner (of SuperGraphic) and a bevy of fine artists.
OCTOBER — Field Camera Work. Large format darkroom photography by Holden Richards and Tom Rankin.
Holden shares a culled retrospective of 10 years of walking and photographing the landscapes of Orange, Durham, and Alamance Counties. Observing the seasonal and environmental transitions with vintage large and medium format film cameras.
Tom presents a selection of view camera medium format work from the last 15 years from his Goat Light series taken on the farm he shares with Jill McCorkle in northern Orange County.
Click on links below to read past newsletters which contain news about studio projects and gallery happenings.
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NEWS & EVENTS
Thanks to everyone who stopped by our ‘new’ studio and gallery location over the past year (and for checking out our long overdue new website here). We had eight open houses/gallery receptions, each with different performing artists/musicians, and will be continuing to host open houses on the Second Thursday of the month from 5-8pm, as well as occasional special events such as the screening of stop motion animator Andrea Love’s work that we hosted last December, the pop up sale of Amos Kennedy Jr.'s letterpress posters, and the exhibit of vintage Durham history postcards by John Schelp. We look forward to hosting author readings and artists talks here as well.
We look forward to meeting first-time vistitors, and also hope folks will help spread the word about the gallery and the work in it so our roster of artists will see their work go out into the world. In the age of Amazon and e-commerce, it takes a village to keep a brick and mortar gallery viable, so thanks for helping. Hopefully it is a fun experience taking in the work in person in an aesthetically rich environment and rubbing elbows with other folks at our monthly open houses, amidst the adult beverages and occasional guest musicians. Sometimes we will have the letterpress fired up for folks who want to see the press in action.
The John McWilliams mongraph “Sons and Father” that we produced to accompany his exhibit at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, SC was awarded the Fine Art Press category of the 33rd annual Mary Ellen LoPresti Publication Award Competition by The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). It also received Honorable Mention in the category of Exhibition Catalogues from the 2017 American Alliance of Museums’ Museum Publications Design Competition. The books are for sale at the Halsey and here in the gallery, where we also curate a lil bookstore which includes a nice array of other titles published by the Halsey.
Two of our 2017 Book Projects
Paul’s Hill: Homage to Whitman is a 96 page poetry title by the current NC poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, that also features drawings by his son Jake. The covers are letterpress printed by hand on 100lb Colorplan stock with cover flaps, and the interior was printed in two colors on heavier weight paper, but the book sells for just $16. Shelby grew up, and still lives, on a farm in Johnston County and the writing deals with some of the changes the area has endured. This title was published by Sir Walter Press and we do have copies for sale here in the gallery.
“With ‘Song of Myself’ as his touchstone, assuming the bardic persona, Shelby Stephenson revisits Whitman’s ecstatic aria and checks it against that which Whitman could only guess. Realist to Walt’s romantic, Stephenson celebrates what remains authentic in our contemporary South even as he realizes what’s drawn “close, between myself and the world” will not hold. Part blues, part hymn, part barbaric yawp of great, old country classics, this collection lives in the understanding that “history changes one chord at a time.”—John Hoppenthaler, author of Domestic Garden (Carnegie Mellon University Press), winner of the 2016 Brockman-Campbell Award.
Shelby is the third NC poet laureate I've had the honor of working with. (Kay Byer’s Southern Fictions and Joseph Bathanti’s The Sonnets of the Cross were books I designed and produced for Jacar Press and there are a few copies of each remaining).
The book was reviewed here by Grace Calieveri.
The Fabric of Raleigh/The Fabric of Durham is a hardcover book of portraiture by Christer Berg whose approach combines the spontaneity of street photography with the formal qualities of studio photography. The dual direction 120 page book essentially has two front covers, with the Raleigh and Durham content starting from opposite ends and meeting in the middle. The layered book also features writings by the subjects themselves discussing the find pride and challenges they find in their work, activities, and community; behind the scenes images of where and how the portraits were made; and an illuminating scholarly essay by Roger Manley, the current director of the Gregg Museum, that contextualizes Christer’s approach within the history of art photography. The book retails for $45 and is available for sale here in the gallery, at Christer's website, and select bookstores in the Triangle.
Additionally, we created a limited edition of giclee/letterpress art prints that integrates three images with a text excerpt. These broadsides are 17 x 22 inches and you can see them in their full framed glory here at the gallery. Digital pictures don’t do them justice. The giclee images are noteworthy for their amazing depth and the toothy texture of the printmaking grade paper beautifully shows off the letterpress impression.