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Next Open Studios/Gallery Reception
Thursday, February 8 5–8pm
The Ridge: A Journey of Durham History in Vintage Postcards.
This special history exhibit occupies the north wall of the gallery. (Much work by our regular roster of artists remains on display in other portions of the gallery and a few choice pieces integrate into the postcard exhibit).
History lover John Schelp shares his amazing collection of vintage postcards. To know Durham history is to know ‘the ridge.’ Main Street and the railroad tracks follow an East/West ridge. Durham’s cotton mills, tobacco factories, colleges, hospitals, City Hall, County Courthouse and earliest shopping districts are all located on the ridge. As a result, most of the postcards in this collection document buildings found on the ridge: from Duke and Erwin Mills in the West — to Durham Hosiery and Golden Belt in the East.
Visitors to the exhibit will see over 100 vintage postcards from John’s collection and learn some history along the way.
John Schelp worked with the Peace Corps and USAID in Congo for seven years and was an elections observer with Jimmy Carter in Liberia. He’s served as vice-president of the NAACP-Durham branch, vice-president of People’s Alliance, president of the Old West Durham Neighborhood Association, history museum advisory board, Pauli Murray steering committee, president of the North Carolina Peace Corps Association, chair of the UNC-Greensboro Parent Council — and currently serves on the People’s Alliance Fund board. John helped thwarted plans to build asphalt plants in East Durham, helped stop the Eno Loop, rallied the community to challenge Duke’s attempts to expand on-campus retail, blocked a cement plant from being built on the Eno River, and stopped the billboard industry from sticking blinking digital billboards along Durham roadways.
*John will host a special guided tour/talk of the postcard exhibit on Saturday Feb. 24 at 1:00. This event is free but please rsvp to dave at horseandbuggypress.com so we can get a head count for refreshments.
upcoming GALLERY EXHIBITS
MARCH — Giclee Prints and Original Paintings by Phil Blank
Phil has an amazing series of works honoring musicians and referencing lesser known political and social movements. This Hillsborough-based artist and illustrator creates truly amazing work and this exhibit will feature over 10 of his giclee print editions which are very affordably priced, along with several originals.
APRIL & MAY — Celebrating Nature.
AUGUST & SEPTEMBER — Printmaking collaborations between Master Printmaker Brian Garner (of SuperGraphic) and a bevy of fine artists.
OCTOBER — Large format darkroom photography by Holden Richards from his explorations in the woods and along the Eno River.
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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.
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 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.