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.....]

Monday, August 31, 2009

A WaPo review of Erica Eisdorfer's "The Wet Nurse's Tale"

This past Friday Carolyn See wrote a quite positive review in the Washington Post of Carrboro's Erica Eisendorfer's just published novel. She writes:

From the title and the cover, this book seems a little dubious -- lots of breasts and steamy sex and way too much romping. But "The Wet Nurse's Tale" turns out to be informative, unusual and intelligent.

It's available at bookstores all over the Triangle or if you must at Amazon

Becky Filene Broun's amazing boxes and books!

Becky Filene Broun has been making boxes and books for well over a decade. Here's a bit about her:

Becky Filene Broun is a native of Chapel Hill. She has been making books and boxes for over 14 years. She received a BA from Connecticut College and a MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. She has studied box-making and book arts at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and The Center for Book Arts in New York in addition to other workshops. Most recently her work was exhibited at a juried show at Purdue University.

She has recently launched a website of her work with some terrific photos. Stop by and see more.

Photo from beckyfilenebroun.com

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Come Out and Play!

[Photo from the press release]

The annual Come Out and Play Sculpture event has its opening this Saturday from noon til dark. It is great fun: wonderful people including the hosts Debbie Meyer and Eric Brantley, great and interesting art and a beautiful rural setting. For more info see this press release and directions on this flyer. Here's a teaser from the press release:


For the eighth year in a row, sculptors will display their creations in the Come Out and Play sculptor show at JimGin farm just outside Carrboro. Many of the works will be for sale.

The opening party will be held Aug. 29, noon until dark. Every Saturday thereafter through September, receptions will be held starting at 4 p.m. and running until dark. There is no admission, and all are welcome, including dogs if they are on leashes.

Sculptures of many media and form, created by 47 artists, will dot the landscape of this 17-acre horse farm at 150 Wild Horse Run, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

This show began in 2002 as part of a group of shows put on by Hunter Levinsohn, Jackie Helvey, Anke Gassen, Hollie Taylor, and Debbie Meyer to honor the victims of 9/11. Attendees, who loved seeing sculpture in an outdoor setting, and artists, who often don't have a place to display larger sculptures, asked for it to continue. Over 800 people attended last year's show during its five-week run.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chapel Hill Franklin Street Art Collective materials

Karen and I attended the public meeting at the Chapel Hill Town Hall for the proposed Franklin Street Art Collective. I was fairly impressed with the homework they had done and the balanced view they took. I haven't examined the business plan yet but they seem to be using conservative financial assumptions -- a good thing. Amazingly enough they hope to be open by November!

Details (including the presentation, business plan and artist application) can be found here on the Town website but here are a few details:

- 30-40 artists in the collective who put up $500 to start, $20 month and pay a 25% commission on sales. Members are expected to work 6-8 hours month and make a 2 year commitment.
- An undetermined number of consignment artists can show their work but will pay a 50% commission.
- Artists can apply for both membership and consignment at the same time.
- Both categories will be juried and none of the those judging are involved in the collective.
- The application says that you must live within a 25 mile radius of Chapel Hill but I do not believe that is a hard and fast rule.
- They continually harped on wanting to have the highest quality art.
- Michael Brader-Araje, the building's owner, is a hero!