Raleigh Rambles

John Dancy-Jones at large!

A Raleigh Art Ramble

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The Paper Plant presents an Open Studio Saturday, August 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM.  John and Cara will be demonstrating papermaking, marbling, printmaking and letterpress printing.  A retail display of notecards, blank books and paper, with opportunities for hands-on interactions.

528 N. Person Street, 919-618-6883

early papermaking

Starting with the shameless self-promotion above, here is my current outlook on Raleigh creative endeavors.  I dearly hope our open studio will attract (as it did last year) some of my Bain friends, new and old.  Critter, a Bain documentor, has favored me with some mail art this summer and I’m dying to show him the new Ray Johnson material I picked up recently at the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center.  Ray’s mail art show in 1976 was seminal for me: my Bain experience was galvanizing in just as big a way, here in my old age.  I hope our open studio can stimulate: we will be marbling, printing and making sheets, and at 6 PM we will toast the day with all who have gathered.  Please come!

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Lovejoy Pottery, Aug. 1st, 9-4

Lovejoy Pottery, August 1st, 9-4

Dan and Nancy Lovejoy are having an open studio this coming weekend at Lovejoy Pottery in Wendell.  I posted about their show last summer in the first weeks of this blog’s existence, and it’s always great to see them and the other artists, who include Edge Barnes, John Garland & Mary Paul, Alan Leland Julie Olson, Susan Myers, and Nancy & Kathleen Redman.  As described in the earlier post, Dan Lovejoy was a founding member of Raleigh Artists Community in the seventies, and the Lovejoy Pottery show is well worth the drive to 6117 Watkins Road off Rolesville Highway. (919)266-6053.

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David Beaver, media theorist

David Beaver, media theorist

I had the best chat with David Beaver the other day at Borders. David earned eternal endearment in the Raleigh art community by acting as jovial scorekeeper for the Poetry Slams at Forum+Function in the late nineties.  He is my emblem for a 21st century shaman, being a magician, virtual reality enterprenuer, and now key member of the emerging Overview movement, which posits that seeing Earth from space is so life-changing, common space-flights could fundamentally change humanity’s perspective on the planet.  Though David is working on transforming the world, he is still affable and charming as ever, and he’s got my mental cogs churning about several of his fascinating ideas.

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photo by David Simonton

photo by David Simonton

NandO featured David Simonton recently and turned me on to a fantastic blog – Prison Photography, now featured on my blogroll.  Their post about David’s photographs of Polk Youth Center before it was razed for the art museum shows powerful work; a stark portrait of neglect and abandonment.  David’s earlier photographic work reflects “his calling as a poet of the ignored or the ruined place, the lost or forgotten landscape,” as described in this Indy profile.

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by Susan Soper

by Susan Soper

Below is a sending from Susan Soper, printmaker.

 

     Susan Soper   —   Lithographs

 Clayton Center Gallery

  111 East Second  Street

Clayton, NC 27520

August 1-30 2009

Gallery Hours M-F, 9-5

 Public opening reception Thursday August 6th, 6–7:30 pm

Sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts

susansoperlithographs.com

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Musa show

Carter Hubbard, a papermaking contact from way back, touched base recently about an interesting project.  She and partner Sara Botwick are putting together an art exhibition in the  downtown warehouse where Bill and Otho created “antiques” for Niemann-Marcus and employed several dear friends in the process.  The MUSA website is a bit inscrutable, but the show will offer an “interpretive visual perspective … on what it means to be ‘made in the USA.'”  I’ll get back to this project soon.

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Poppy Bear on Porch  by Walter Stanford

Poppy Bear on Porch by Walter Stanford

Joel Haas just held a signing for his new book, Poppy Bear, illustrated by Walter Stanford.   Joel’s book is his own writing, based on the “most enduring character” of his late father, the prolific novelist Ben Haas, who entertained his three boys with endless “Poppy Bear” tales but never wrote them down.  Joel wrote up a prototype “Poppy Bear” story and then hooked up with Walter.  The book is available from either of their websites.

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Thanks for your kind attention.  As always, this is just a smattering of the wonderful Raleigh culture that has come my way.  Back at ya’ soon!

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July 26, 2009 - Posted by | art, Black Mountain, Raleigh downtown | , , , , , , , ,

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