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“Perspectives from Palestine” Fill Founders

September 25, 2014

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Check  out Double Vision: Perspectives from Palestine by Todd Drake in Upstairs Founders until

October 22!

Greensboro’s newest creative space: The Forge!

September 23, 2014
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Greensboro is home to a new space called The Forge They can also be found on Facebook. Cast in the shadow of maker spaces before it, The Forge is first and foremost a community. It provides a space where people from all walks of life can come together and share space, resources, and ideas. Open 24/7, The Forge is bound to be a hub of creativity and innovation that isn’t intended for artists alone, but one in which many could really benefit from.

Stocked with everything from welding equipment to lathes to 3d printers and laser engravers, The Forge has more than enough tools to keep a creative mind busy with a multitude of mediums to work with, and more than enough space to do so.

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Even though The Forge has only been open a couple months, it is already being tapped by members of the art community. Whitfield, pictured below, was the first person to use the space to create something. He has been building instruments, including the bass guitar he is pictured with at The Forge. Bob Johnson, on October 18th at 2pm will be teaching a class on how to make instruments out of recycled materials such as cigar boxes or firm reels. Stop by to see how he does it, or even just to hear him play!

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Although classes are limited to members only, there is plenty of time between now and then to become a member. Although their website does not advertise it specifically, the membership fee of 45 dollars a month may be cost-prohibitive to some students, but they also offer a student level membership without voting rights for just $25 a month.

I, for one, am very excited to see the Forge grow and thrive in this city, and I expect to see it do so. I hope the artist community as a whole benefits from this unique and innovative space. The possibilities are endless, and the community surrounding the Forge is just beginning to come together. With less than a hundred members, it is an exciting time to get involved with an organization I expect to be doing big things in the creative community and beyond in the very near future.

Drink & Draw at Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema

September 18, 2014

Are you looking for something to do in the greater Greensboro area? Perhaps an outlet for your pent up creative energy? Then look no further than Geeksboro Coffeehouse Cinema.

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Every Wednesday from 7-9pm they offer an event called Drink & Draw- “a chance for graphic artists to meet one another, practice and hone their craft, and draw original artwork which they can share with the community.” As if this venue wasn’t cool enough.

Drink & Draw is exactly what it sounds like- drinking (alcohol optional) whilst drawing using a variety of art supplies that are provided for you by host Michole Miller.

But wait, here’s the best part. Once you’re done with your art, send it to the Geeksboro scanner to be posted on their Facebook wall for the world to see.

(Or at least anyone invested in the world of social media…)

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“Soda Pop Cowboy”

These people- yourself included- can then vote on the artwork they like the best. If you’re art gets the most “likes” that week, you receive a FREE coffee drink. That’s right, absolutely free.

Art, drinks and camaraderie sound like my kind of party, so I decided to check Drink & Draw out for myself.

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“Food For Thought”

When I arrived, I met Michole and “the regulars”- those who come out weekly to participate. I could see there was a great amount of talent among them, but that should not serve as discouragement for anyone looking to join. The group encourages new members of all skill sets.

Additionally, they welcome you at any time of the night. So stay the whole two hours or stop by and sketch for 30 minutes- it’s totally your call!

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“Back to School”

The weekly theme can be wildly specific or painfully vague. Some prior themes have been “Waking Up in Strange Places” and “Cold Blooded” (in addition to what’s represented in the images above).

The night I attended, the theme was simply “Figures”. Imagine all the places you can go with that! If you are intrigued, be sure to browse through the Facebook archive in the next week or so for the full collection.

If Drink & Draw sounds like something you would be into, drop by Geeksboro any Wednesday night for some fun. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite!

Photos: Aaron Silvers via Flickr; Drawings: Geeksboro Facebook page

Planting Seeds at the Art Gallery with Terry Hammond

May 8, 2014

About 3 years ago, I went to talk to Terry Hammond, ’81, Director and Curator of the Art Gallery in Hege-Cox Library, to talk about a possible work study opportunity. I remember noting at our first meeting how crammed her office was. Notebooks filled with frantic writing covered her desk, name plates were stacked one on top of the other, exhibition invitations from years passed filled the walls and a huge, over packed bookshelf covered the entire back portion of her office. I thought to myself, “Whoa, there is a lot happening here!” and I was right; there really is a lot happening at the Art Gallery here on campus. The following year I started my work study with Terry and it has since been an honor and a rewarding experience.

For those of you who don’t know, Terry is constantly on the move. She plans for a future exhibitions, installs artworks around campus, collaborates with the art department and thesis students, plans events…I mean the list goes on! There always seems to a million things to do in day at the Art Gallery. Even as a work study, Terry manages to keep me quite busy. During my time there I have given tours, explored and documented the private collection and this year my biggest accomplishment was creating the gallery guide for Adele Wayman’s retrospective. While this list is small, believe me, I had my work cut out for me.

In 1981 while completing a BFA in printmaking and painting, Terry organized a regional symposium on Business and the Arts as part of her work study. In the midst of her last semester, Terry’s work study then led her to write a proposal for a gallery space that would showcase artwork on campus. “This document, I believe, ‘planted the seed’ in the college president’s mind, and a few years later, when two families approached him about donating their art collections to the College, and the library was being renovated and expanded, ‘the seed sprouted’ and grew into the Art Gallery I direct today.”

 

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This year has undeniably been a big one for the Art Gallery between the APSA scare and later celebrating Adele’s legacy as this spring’s exhibition, but these events have created many possibilities for the future of art organizations on campus. Starting this year, a group of volunteers have been established to help raise money and create community support so that the Art Gallery can exist more independently. This is just one example of how the Art Gallery represents new beginnings to me. It is always in constant formation, building upon itself constantly with a can-do attitude inspired by Terry.

So when I say that there is a lot going on at the art gallery, do not underestimate me. It is a place of possibility and where new seeds are planted everyday! With graduation coming near I look forward to taking this experience with me — working with what I have and making something big of it, just like Terry has done with the Art Gallery.

ALTERED: Thesis Show 2014

May 7, 2014

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There’s a certain feeling you get when you walk into a really great art show. I’m not one for crowds, but seeing a huge throng of people at an art gallery is an exception, especially when they’re all there to see work done by our friends and fellow classmates. The renovations done to Founders hall in 2012 were met with mixed emotions and opinions, but you can’t deny that the gallery space it allowed for upstairs is a definite step up on the classy scale – a few steps up, in fact.  This year, the space was used to it’s full advantage. In one of the  Bauman galleries, towering white pedestals with an array of different prints, pots, and sculptures scattered on and between them practically begged to be explored. In the other, piece after piece of traditional and digital paintings lined the walls, inviting you in for closer examination while still making you step back to see the work as a whole. In the atrium, large paintings and wall-sized found-object sculptures made for a continuous flow of amazement as viewers walked the perimeter multiple times.

Viewers were in awe of Adam Faust, the master of the found object. I overheard a kid say the sculpture “with the white fluff” looked like someone ripped the wall and “teddy bear stuffing” was coming out of it. Not only is that totally adorable, but also go ahead and pat yourself on the back for getting a youngster involved in art critique. Levi Mahan‘s pottery is beautiful, no question. There’s something about his work – so modern, yet so classic – like it was made yesterday but still could show up in an Édouard Manet still life. Shammia McQuaig‘s sculpture is surreal – recognizable elements blended with out-of-the-box-thinking. I was brilliantly bombarded by her corner of the gallery space with work on pedestals, work hanging from the ceiling, and I swear  I saw dry ice. Daniel Saperstein, holy cow. I’d never seen – or heard – anything like it. His large pots emitted this ethereal, almost eerie music he’d written. Each pot, using it’s aesthetically pleasing beauty combined with this magical sound, casts this calming feeling over the room. Hannah Reed‘s paintings dance. The soft colors and even softer brush strokes make their way around the canvas, sometimes forming harder lines and shapes, and you can just about make out what it is – almost. Fhalyshia Orians‘ paintings are creating the opposite effect, with the same pleasing outcome. Line and form make definite scenes, made with glorious globs of paint. Hannah’s softer application indicates a trust of her materials, and Fhalyshia’s thicker paint application does the same. Alejo Salcedo, as Adele Wayman said during the opening reception, is a sorcerer. Whether they’re black and white or hand-colored by him, his large-scale linocut prints seem to have been done by a machine instead of a human. So much precision is bound to look magical. Chris Austin deserves thanks for bringing the digital painting world forward to Guilford’s campus. It’s a practice that is still deep-rooted in traditional values even though you don’t need tangible paint. It’s less messy, I’ll give you that, but it’s harder to handle at times.  And I’d be remiss if I didn’t say his work didn’t look like it was made with tangible paint regardless of the lack of ridged brush strokes. Kelly Taylor‘s still-life paintings may be macabre and dark, but you’d be lying if you said they weren’t beautiful. She still manages to capture light and feeling in such a dark setting.

Guilford’s thesis art shows are never something to scoff at, but this year has to be my favorite, hands down.  I think Altered actually “altered” the way we’ll see art students and shows from now on, and everyone, thesis and non-thesis, coming after this will really have to step up their game.

Don’t Miss ALTERED!

April 30, 2014

ALTERED, the 2014 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition opens this Friday, May 2nd!

Opening reception that evening from 7-9pm in the Bauman Galleries of Founders Hall.

If you can’t make it to the opening, don’t despair! You can still view the show until May 16th.

Come out and support our thesis friends!

Theatrical and Visual: Mutually Beneficial Arts

April 29, 2014

“There is magic in the theatre,

And the theatre is magic.

And blessed are they

who can share their gifts.”

I have no idea where that originally came from, but I picked it up in high school. My theatre teacher, a fabulous, wonderful, hilarious woman from South Africa, would have us cross our arms, right over left, hold hands while standing in a circle, and repeat each line after her. Sometimes we’d emulate her wonderful accent and cut up a little, but after “gifts”, we would spin out of the circle over our right shoulders, and it was show time. Time to focus. Sharing gifts is magic in the theatre, but performance isn’t the only gift to be showcased there. The actors, director, and crew only make up a part of the collage that brings a story to life on the stage. The other parts are courtesy of the designers.

As a child of both the art and theatre departments, I’ve always wanted to write an article for Hand/Eye weaving them together, but it never seemed to pan out the way I wanted. This year, Robin Vest, theatrical designer, magic-maker, and gift-sharer extraordinaire, joined the theatre department as a professor and I absolutely knew I had to pick her brain before I began writing. Robin uses her visual arts training and knowledge of art history to inform her designs. “[As a designer,] you take art that you get excited by and kind of emulate it, and use it to inspire your work,” she says. I completely identify with this. How many times have I talked about Vincent van Gogh’s color theory and how I try to use it in my work? A ton. Practically everyday . I even designed a set for Robin’s Intro to Theatrical Design class based almost entirely on his work. My point is, as you creative souls know, that idea isn’t only reserved for designers. This is only a small window into the many ways that the worlds of theatrical design and visual art collide.

It’s also no small secret that what the scenic, lighting, sound, and costume designers do is entirely to support the performers in telling the story all cast and crew are charged with telling. That job isn’t always about art – Robin says that “someone with no training in scenic design can’t just come in and design…we have to make the actors feel safe.” To do that, the design elements must actually be safe. In turn, the actors must have respect for the designers’ vision as well. Robin offered the example of a corset. Corsets make the actors move and interact with their environment differently.  Clothing manipulates how someone moves, informs the period the story is set in, and can completely change the character. Because of this, an actor has to get over their personal preferences sometimes for the good of the play. Just like I have to get over my hatred of the color pink when it needs to be there for the betterment of a painting.

The visual artists’ creations act (pun intended) to inform their perceptions of the world they’re creating, and understanding the performance artists’ work is essential to molding the visual artists’ rendering of that world. So, the relationship between theatre arts and visual arts is a mutually beneficial one. I could go the boring route and say “like remoras and sharks”, but I think for my own purposes and selfish indulgences, I’ll go a little less National Geographic, and a little more pop culture. Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, for example. Both are extremely talented, creative, passionate, and hard-working. But Stark is Iron Man. He’s the theatre arts…Extroverted, gregarious, loves attention. Banner is The Hulk – the visual arts…introverted, keeps everything bottled up, lets his work speak for itself. Would Marvel’s Avengers (the whole production) be the same without both of them working together, respecting each other? Absolutely not.

I hope this post has got the gears grinding in a good way. Dare I say it may have even inspired you to see a play? When you leave it, talk about the performers, director, and crew, because they deserve it. Just make sure to spare some of your praise for the designers, too.

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Robin’s recent work: Heartbreak House just concluded it’s run this past weekend in Sternberger Auditorium.

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