About this blog

This is my blog on the arts scene of Carrboro, Chapel Hill and surrounding Triangle communities. I'll focus on visual arts and the 2ndFriday Artwalk and other visual art events but that doesn't mean I won't chat about music, literary events, film or anything else in the local creative world. Please email with ideas, links, comments or brickbats. [I have comment moderation on so if you don't see your comment right away that means that I haven't had a chance to approve it yet. Sorry, but the spammers.....]

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Good for Raleigh!

In tight budget times the arts generally takes a big hit. Our souls -- young and old -- need art and beauty but feeding souls seem to be of minor importance. Somehow we see arts as optional, quite an odd view given the increasing importance of creativity, design and arts in being competitive in the world economy.

So hurrahs to Raleigh for refusing to slash arts funding this year.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Subversive art in Raleigh

Okay, that's something of an overstatement but Uliveandyouburn, the nom de plume of Raleigh graffiti artist Joseph Carnevale, certainly caused a ruckus with his Barrel Monster creature constructed of, ah, borrowed orange construction barrels. Since the monster's creation and Joseph's arrest, he's been on NPR, discussed on national news and become a worldwide celebrity -- or had at least a good 15 minutes of fame. Good for Joseph!

I'm guessing rights to this photo are with Joseph and WWW.NOPROMISEOFSAFETY.COM but it could be the N&O newspaper

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Carrboro Film Festival!

The 4th Annual Carrboro Film Festival will be held on Sunday, November 22, 2009 from 2-7 pm in the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro Street. The committee is now accepting film submissions. The early deadline is August 28, 2009. The late deadline is September 21, 2009.

We welcome all films and videos less than 20 minutes total running time (including titles and end credits).

To enter, the filmmaker must have breathed in the good air of Orange County, NC, USA sometime in their life.

Facebookers: do a search for "Carrboro Film Festival" and join the group. Over 100 (101 to be exact) of your closest friends and family already belong.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Arts Committee needs new members

Interested in serving the Carrboro arts community?

The Town of Carrboro Arts Committee is currently seeking new members! As a member you’ll help us display and promote local arts, build art initiatives, and celebrate the creative within Carrboro. If you think the arts is key to a vibrant and livable community come join us. Application forms are available by emailing arts at townofcarrboro dot org or by downloading a copy here. If you need a hard copy just drop by the Century Center at 100 N. Greensboro and the folks at the Recreation and Parks Department will be happy to provide you one.

The Town of Carrboro Arts Committee new logo!

The Town's Arts Committee, of which I am a new member, has been working on a new logo to use to promote its work. The Committee collaborated with the ever so cooperative local graphic artist Herb Bresky on coming up with just the right Carrboro feel. So here it is:

Look for it around town!

Jon Wilner to retire from the ArtsCenter

From the June 9, 2009 Carrboro Citizen:

Jon Wilner, executive director of The ArtsCenter, will announce his retirement today. Wilner plans to stay on through September to help with a transition once a new director is selected.

After that, he plans to work with the center as a community representative for $1 per year. A formal announcement is expected sometime later today.