UPFRONT GALLERY & OPEN STUDIOS

Upcoming Events:

Saturday Shopping Event:
Saturday, Dec. 3; 3-6pm
with special surprise guests on front porch; select works including Horse & Buggy Press books will be 10% off THIS DAY ONLY.


Third Friday Durham, Dec. 16; 6-9pm
Closing Reception:
Eight is Enough: A Mighty Fine Craft & Art Show

During Third Friday Durham, BCAC members share old and new work in the Upfront Gallery and in their workspaces . . . documentary films & DVDs, books, photographs, and much more. Examples of commissioned work are shared along with a vareity retail artworks and products. On some evenings Dave will have the letterpress fired up for those interested in seeing the process.

In the Upfront Gallery. . .

Eight is Enough
A MIGHTY FINE CRAFT & ART SHOW

Nov 9 – Dec 23

Have you ever been to a holiday art exhibit or craft fair and gone, "Well that sucked. I should have gone hiking instead."? This exhibit is designed to restore your faith that art and craft can be substantial, and that holiday group exhibits can move you.

This eight person exhibit features. . .
works in glass; vases, bowls, whisky glasses, drinking glasses, flasks, (John Geci), wood-based furniture; including chairs, credenza, dresser, cheese boards (Elijah Leed), forged metal furniture, sculpture, and birdbaths (Ben Galata), photography; including cash n carry prints, (Jean Christian Rostagni), drawings; including cash n carry originals, (Abie Harris), paintings/sculptures/mobiles (Peter Milne, yes Amy's Dad), metalsmithing/jewelry (Claire Ashby), and pottery; mugs, bowls, vessels, (Peter Dugan).

Prices range from $20 to $6,000 with the majority of items between $40 and $200. The makers' ages range from 30 to 84. There are no "crafters" here. This is high-quality work by craftspersons. Appreciate the distinction, please.

Remember, when you go out on the town to get your fancy dinner and drinks on, it all ends up in the toilet the next morning. When you buy craft objects or art for your wall, you get to enjoy them for the rest of your life. (and then the craftperson gets to buy more supplies so they can keep making work with integrity; we call that a win-win).


Bonus points if you buy work for yourself instead of as a gift. Life is short, just buy the things that you like and enrich your life already.

Also on display. . .

Walden Pond in Four Seasons:
Photographs by Lisa McCarty


This photography exhibit captures Henry David Thoreau’s muse, Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, in every season. This cycle of images is paired with texts by Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau himself describing the same landscape in the nineteenth century.

Walden Pond in Four Season represents a selection of images from McCarty’s larger project, Transcendental Concord, which documents the sites and landscapes that inspired the Transcendentalists literature and philosophy. Transcendental Concord is being developed as a book project to be released in 2017 to align with the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth


Walden Pond in Four Seasons:
Selections from Transcendental Concord
by Lisa McCarty


This photography exhibit captures Henry David Thoreau’s muse, Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, in every season. This cycle of images is paired with texts by Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau himself describing the same landscape in the nineteenth century.

Walden Pond in Four Season represents a selection of images from McCarty’s larger project, Transcendental Concord, which documents the sites and landscapes that inspired the Transcendentalists literature and philosophy. Transcendental Concord is being developed as a book project to be released in 2017 to align with the bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth.

Lisa McCarty is a photographer and filmmaker based in Durham, North Carolina. Most recently she has participated in exhibitions and screenings at the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Chicago Photography Center, Griffin Museum of Photography, Asheville Art Museum, the American University Museum, the New York Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Cairo Video Festival, and Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival. She received an MFA in Experimental & Documentary Arts from Duke University and is currently Curator of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University's Rubenstein Library as well as an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies.




 



 

 

 

 

 







 






 



 



   
   
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 


 

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PAST SHOWS

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20 Years of Films
By Kenny Dalsheimer and The Groove Productions

OCTOBER 2016

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V.C. Rogers
How I Learned to Draw: Cartoons from Five Decades

AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2016


Bathroom Humor: National Cartoonists Take On HB2
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2016


Phil Blank: Works on Paper

JULY – AUGUST 2016


Sons & Father: Wood Engravings by John McWilliams
MAY– JULY 2016


Current Work, Post-Penland School
Pottery by Peter Stewart Dugan
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2015


Photographs by Rob McDonald from
Carolina Writers at Home (a Fall 2015 Hub City Press Book)
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2015


Steel & Concrete: Birdbaths by Ben Galata
Bird Sculptures by Bryant Holsenback
AUGUST 2015 - OCTOBER 2015

Muse: Book and photographs by Gail Goers
FEBRUARY 2015 - APRIL 2015


Functional Pottery/Shino Glaze:
New Pottery by Peter Dugan
DECEMBER 2014 - JANUARY 2014


7 of 18:
Celebrating Durham's 2014-2015: NC Arts Council's Fellowship Recipients
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER 2014


Revamped: New Work from JenJen

JULY - AUGUST, 2014


Testify: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia by Roger May
Photography exhibit and celebration of the H&B fine press book
APRIL - JUNE, 2014


Hawks and Doves
custom bags and pillows
FEBRUARY 1 - MARCH 22, 2014



New Functional Pottery by Peter Dugan

NOVEMBER 14, 2013 - JANUARY 30, 2014

BENDING STICKS: THE SCULPTURE OF PATRICK DOUGHERTY
A documentary film by Kenny Dalsheimer and Penelope Maunsell
OCTOBER 1 - NOVEMBER 10, 2013
Photo: Zan Maddox


Tin Types
by Riley MacLean

SEPTEMBER 2013


INPUT/OUTPUT
by Stephanie Nowotarski

AUGUST 1 - SEPTEMBER 1, 2013


Rare | Curious | Extinct
by Aubrey Aldret

JULY 6 - JULY 30, 2013


2200° Fahrenheit:
Blown Glass by Dmitri Resnik

JUNE 1 - 30, 2013


If I Had WIngs
an installation by environmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck
APRIL – MAY 2013


SENIOR CITIZENS
Group show featuring work in a variety of media by 17 seniors from the
Durham School of the Arts

JANUARY – MARCH 2013


MAKING WAVES
Restored American radios from the 1930s, 40s and 50s by Bob Gordan
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2012


Trickle Down
Painting in a Cold Climate by Janet Coleman
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER 2012


Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought
Photographs and Lyrical Writings by Courtney Fitzpatrick
APRIL – JUNE 2012
The fifteenth fine press book published by Horse & Buggy Press was the centerpiece of an exhibit that included not only the book but also a broadside edition, framed photographs, and an environmental text installation. Please click the Maji Moto title above for a link to more info about the book.


Eno River Tapestries
New Work by Silvia Heyden

FEBRUARY – MARCH 2012
Exhibit coinciding with DVD release of A Weaverly Path, a film by Kenny Dalsheimer about the life and work of Silvia Heyden.


BURLAP.
Portraits of Piedmont Farmers

By Raymond Goodman

NOVEMBER 2011 – JANUARY 2012


Sarah Warner Baratti
All of Them Wishes: Jewelry and Drawings of Feather and Bones
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2011


Photography by Jeremy M. Lange
JULY – AUGUST 2011


BCAC 5 Year Anniversary Show
APRIL – MAY 2011


Tree of Knowlege by Michael Greer
JANUARY – MARCH 2011


Big Heads: New Work by Bill Frick
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2010


Lou Joseph: Tent Cities
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2010


Off the Wall: One of Kind Artists' Books
John Davis and Susan Leeb

JULY – AUGUST 2010


Photographic Prints and Daguerrotypes by Robin Dreyer
MAY – JUNE 2010


Ricky Davis: Birding Photography
MARCH – APRIL 2010


In Search of the Burning Bush
Glaze Paintings by Jim Tignor
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2010


Empty & Full
Encaustic Paintings by Celia Gray
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2009


Original Mascot Print Series
Artistic Interpretations of America's College Mascots by Revere La Noue

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2009


Hands and Faces
Collages by Trey Moore

JULY – AUGUST 2009


Jeff Mahorney: Daily Paintings
MAY – JUNE 2009


Scenes of Long Acquaintance
Recent Photography by MJ Sharp

MARCH – APRIL 2009
MJ shared recent large format, long exposure works. From her show statement, "...noticing
the discarded, taking time to sit with and really see the beauty in what is moving along at its
own pace, in its own time, for its own ends."



ART-TENDER TWO!
JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009
Mark Cunningham and Jake Wood, bartenders from next door at Piedmont, returned with a grouping of exquisite themed workings. All sales were donated to the Women's Center of Durham.


Home Work: Photography Installation by Noah Rosenblatt-Farrell
DECEMBER 2008 - JANUARY 2009


Al Frega: Recent Sculptures
FALL 2008


Text Messages
Clay and Print New Work by Bonnie Campbell

OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2008
A series of vessels that began as worries and ended as prayers. Bonnie 
borrowed a bunch of Dave's metal type and impressed the forms into her 
ceramic sculptures before firing in order to create her own "text 
messages."


 
 

Handed Down: Wall Quilts and New Fiber Work by Jeana Eve Klein
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2008

 
 

On the Side of the Road: Paintings by Sarah Powers
JUNE - JULY 2008
A close look at the small details that make up our landscape.



 
 

Boundary Lines: Ceramics by Meredith Brickell
APRIL - MAY 2008
An examination and representation of place—both the physical realm and our intangible impressions of it.


 
 
Bull City Bicycles: Curated by Phillip Barron
MARCH 2008
This exhibit gathers historic and contemporary photography of bicycles in Durham. A celebration of the aesthetic simplicity, utility, and joy of bicycles, this exhibit documents Durham’s sense of place from two wheels.


 
 
Art-Tender
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2008
Art-tenders Mark Cunningham and Jake Wood (bartenders next door at Piedmont) created 500 drawings on Bev Naps. Drawings were sold for a dollar each at the close of the reception.


 
 
Co-Signed Paintings:  David Alsobrooks
NOVEMBER – DECEMBER 2007
A partnership scores of nameless, unsusupecting individuals and the Efland artist who trolls the countrysie for evidence of these people, most often found in handmade signs. From David... “While I recycle the wording, I don’t attempt to replicate the original signs themselves. In general, the paintings have nothin in common with the appearance of the original expression. In a sense, the artmaking process is reliant on both ends of this spectrum. The paintings are collaborative—they are Co-Signed.”



 
 
Plazas (Palaces):  Sketchbook Paintings by Stephen Gibson
SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER   2007
This exhibit featured twelve framed small paintings, a few dozen unframed drawings, a small mural made directly onto the foyer wall, and a few of the actual sketchbooks Dave has made and Stephen has filled up over the last few years. Gibson is the author of the 2001 H&B title City of Midnight Skies.


 
 

Landscape:  Photographs by Pamela Pecchio
JULY - SEPTEMBER 2007
A small series of large prints. Pam is a former Old West Durham resident.


 
 
Silkscreen Prints:  Jeremy Kerman
JUNE - JULY, 2007


 
 

Type High and Kickin' : A Group Letterpress Show
APRIL - MAY 2007
A variety of high brow and low class letterpress work from five Southeastern letterpress printers featuring...

 
Josef Beery (Charlottesville, Virginia)
Trade Union Press (Ayden, North Carolina)
Ray Duffey (Raleigh, North Carolina)
Convivio Bookworks (Lake Worth, Florida)
Horse & Buggy Press (Durham, North Carolina)



 
 
Birdhouses: Photographs by Rob McDonald
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2007
Rob McDonald lives in Virginia. Self-taught as a photographer, Rob holds a doctorate in American literature and specializes in the literature and culture of the American South. The photographs in the Birdhouses portfolio, taken from Rob’s travels across four states from 2002-2006, represent a personal exploration of the relationship between place and identity: meditations on home.