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 French Broad River by Trey Moore. Painting.

French Broad River by Trey Moore. Painting.

in the gallery . . .

Holiday Hodgepodge.

An all star group show featuring a lil of this, and some of that. Favorite works from 2018 solo shows make a reprise (including two works by Lisa Creed and several books from the Click! photobook exhibit), and the six artists who are having solo shows here next year (Noah Saterstrom, Sean Livingstone, Lori Vrba, Revere La Noue, John Bechtold, and Rachel Goodwin) all share at least one work in the exhibit.

Reception: Saturday, Nov. 17; 5–7pm
Several of the artists from the group exhibit will be here, as well as special musical guest Jim Henderson and The Ragweed Brass out on the front porch. Craven Allen Gallery down the block will be hosting a reception at the same time for their new exhibit of paintings by Beverly McIver to make it a Broad Street doubleheader.
Our group exhibit will be up through the end of the year.

We also have new work in a variety of media by many of the artists on the roster here. This includes paintings by Abie Harris, Trey Moore, Anthony Ulinksi, and Sean Livingstone; artist books by Mary Yordy, John Davis, and Melinda Rittenhouse; ceramics by Liz Kelly; jewelry by Claire Ashby; glass by John Geci; photography by Rob McDonald, fibers work by Jo Darby and Caitlin Cary, and several new books in the curated book stall including the amazing project, Southbound, coming out of the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina.

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

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Thanks to everyone who stopped by our ‘new’ studio and gallery location over the past year and a half (and for checking out our long overdue new website here). To date, we have curated 13 different exhibits on the “main” gallery wall and we will be continuing to host receptions and open houses every two months or so (usually on Thursday evenings or Saturdays from 5–7 in conjunction with Craven Allen receptions just down the block).

Additionally, we will continue hosting occasional special events such as last December's two screenings by stop motion animator Andrea Love, the pop up sale of Amos Kennedy Jr.'s letterpress posters, and the exhibit of vintage Durham history postcards by John Schelp. We occasionally host author readings and artists talks here as well and partnering with individuals and organizations on special events.

We look forward to meeting first-time visitors, 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.

Please know Craven Allen will give a 10% discount on framing any of the many unframed works we have for sale here.


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 Recent 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.