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Cyanotype print by Erica Gimson. 19 x 25 inches.

Starbrick Warehouse. Collage by Sean Livingstone. 18 x 19 inches.

Starbrick Warehouse. Collage by Sean Livingstone. 18 x 19 inches.

in the gallery . . .


Sat April 27; 3pm–5pm
A fun fundraiser event for the n’hood elementary school.

10% of all gallery sales will be donated to EK Powe.(gallery absorbs this, artists here still get their full cut).

Nancy Middleton, an assitant teacher at the school and neighbor from around the corner will be playing music on the front porch.

Malcolm Goff, EK Powe’sart teacher, will have artworks on display and for sale (and the gallery is not taking a cut so he will get 100% of any sales).

Therese Daye, EK Powe counselor, will have hot off the press copies of her newest children’s book “Daddy’s Little Girl,” which was illustrated by Malcom Goff. Here’s a review of the book by Melissa Rooney.


We will have activities and volunteers for kids so adults can be unencumbered and take in the art and talk and imbibe some of the adult bevs on hand.

From Here to Their: Paintings by Sean Livingstone, Cyanotypes by Erica Gimson, and collaborative collages by this husband and wife duo.

Closing Reception: Sat. May 4; 2–4pm

Sean Livingstone and Erica Gimson are a Raleigh-based couple.

Sean  incorporates found/discarded materials into his works as part of a “problem solving” approach. Many pieces are built from his “excavations” and “scrapyards” of materials from previous unsuccessful attempts. His subject matter usually involves themes of memory, non-permanence, sentimentality, detachment, and loss.
The work I chose to represent has all been built from discarded record/LP covers among other materials. I enjoy using this material due to the fact that I can peel away layers in a reductive method, as well as, it can hold up to the layers of enamel and other mediums I tend to use.
As for the collaborative pieces I worked on with Erica, we glued handmade paper to board and Erica would begin drawing. We would then go into the drawing and peel/cutaway areas and start layering with the scraps and other materials.  This additive and reductive method started in college when Erica and I started creating collages together. We found that we had a very similar point of view for composition and line quality. As one can become too “close” or “precious” with the work, the other can step in and redefine its trajectory. Through this process, we have been able to form a symbiotic relationship.

Erica is an artist and textile designer who has been working professionally in New York and North Carolina for over 20 years. In New York, she built a successful career working for major brands and retailers in the industry. In 2013 she left her career to pursue her own work and design. Erica takes a multidisciplinary approach to her work in textiles and art using drawing, collage techniques, painting, and cyanotypes, she also incorporates hand-dyeing and screen-printing.

I appreciate the directness of making cyanotypes using the photogram process that is created by placing objects directly on the coated paper or fabric to create an image. I also utilize the shibori techniques of Itajimi, Kumo, and Arashi shibori. These techniques use shape-resist, pleating, and pole wrapping to create a variety of design and pattern. Similar to the cyanotype process, the shibori process also creates subtle variations in line quality and is serendipitous often creating unplanned effects. 

I love drawing as a starting point for my designing and as means to an end. It communicates the hand of the artist and their signature of expression. There is something about drawing that is beautiful in it’s honesty, interpreting a thought process and emotion.

U P C O M I N G E X H I B I T S & E V E N T S

Look Through This:
New Paintings, Sculptures, and Assemblages by Rachel Goodwin
May 8 – June 27
Reception: Saturday, May 18; 5–7pm

Faces and Places: Musicians, Artists, Writers, Activists, & Educators
New Paintings by Noah Saterstrom
July 1 – Sept. 30
Receptions: Saturday, July 13; 5–7pm (with special musical guest Jim Henderson & the Ragweed Brass on the front porch)
& Saturday, Sept. 7; 5–7pm

Photo-based Assemblages, Handmade Books, and Unique Prints
Lori Vrba and Dawn Surratt
July 1 – Sept. 30
Reception: Saturday, Nov. 16; 5–7pm

all receptions are doubleheaders with Craven Allen Gallery,
which is located just down the block.

*please know we always have work by over 25 established craftspersons and artists in a wide range of media throughout the gallery as well as a curated book stall featuring artist monographs and museum catalogues and other books not often found in bookstores. We carry a large amount of unframed works in print bins and flat file drawers and Craven Allen Gallery & House of Frame extends a 10% discount on framing any work purchased here.

Click on links below to read past newsletters which contain news about studio projects and gallery happenings.

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The Father Box
Words by John Lane | Photographs by Rob McDonald

Award-winning writer John Lane kept a box for many years of what was left from his father’s life up until he committed suicide in 1959 when John was five years old. In the box are letters, photos, objects, and papers comprising nearly everything John knows about his father. The pieces suggest a man’s origins in rural North Carolin; they also document his service in a World War on another continent and trace his return home. Two years ago, John loaned the box to Rob McDonald and asked him to contemplate its contents through the lens of his camera. These are the photographs that Rob made and the poems and short essays John wrote.

This is a project about artifacts and memories. It is about what remains of lives that came before us, lives which set the path for our own.


This fine press book was published at the end of 2018 in a limited edition of 300 signed and numbered copies. Covers were a mix of Indigo and letterpress printing, the interior 36 pages were printed on heavyweight 100lb Mohawk Superfine eggshell paper, and the books were hand-sewn with linen thread. 8 x 10 inches. $30. (plus $5 s&h)

To order a copy simply email dave@horseandbuggypress.com or call 919.949.4847. Or visit Rob’s website for online ordering. Or email John at johnedwardlane@gmail.com.



Goat Light: Home in Words and Pictures
Tom Rankin and Jill McCorkle

This Horse & Buggy Press fine press book will be published in the spring of 2019. Goat Light will provide focused reflections by Rankin & McCorkle upon their home and farm north of Hillsborough in Orange County, an oasis of beauty quietly tucked away from the increasingly frenetic pace of the Triangle region. The large trim size, 96 page book will weave together many layers; including black and white images made by Tom with large and medium format view cameras and lovingly brought to life in his wet darkroom on their land; digital color cell phone pictures taken on the move by Tom over the past eight years; and stories and writing by both Jill and Tom about life with their collection of animals that populate their land along the Eno River. The beauty of the Piedmont landscape is the underlying constant as times and lives and light change through the seasons and over the years.

For full details, please see the book announcement here which also has ordering information.


2017 Award

The John McWilliams monograph “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 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.