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Round Up: Week of May 27 – June 2

June 7, 2012

Cecelia Webber’s Intricate Flowers Made Of Nude Bodies.

Zhao Huasen’s Incredible Photographs Of Floating Bicyclists: “A really great bike ride can make you feel like you are floating in mid-air. These photographs we saw on My Modern Met have a similar effect. Zhao Huasen photographed hundreds of cyclists going about their everyday bike rides. He then digitally erased the bicycles from the record, leaving their shadows in place on the pavement below. Through this erasure, the riders appear frozen in space, although many of their faces still look either stressed out or bored by their commute. They remain oblivious to their invaluable part in Zhao’s fantastic world, which might be the best part.”

Fumi Nakamura’s ‘Our Hands Will Eventually Destroy Everything Beautiful’.

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Were Mutants, Gene Study Suggests: “The word “sunflower” brings to mind a mane of vibrant yellow petals encircling a dark whorl of seeds. But not all sunflowers are alike. Some sunflowers have scraggly petals, for instance, or small centers. Many of the sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh depicted in his famous series of oil paintings look rather unusual, sporting wooly, chrysanthemum-like blooms. Now, scientists have pinpointed the genetic mutation responsible for these strange sunflowers’ abundance of small yellow petals.”

Kit Cat Tree

Seinfeld Episodes that Wouldn’t Work Today: “I love Seinfeld. I’m not a super fan or obsessive about it (especially since the show ran while I was ages 2-11) but I’m always up for it, because it always makes me laugh. There’s a Seinfeld episode for every random life situation. That’s what’s so great about it. The show ended 15 years ago, but somehow it still resonates with people. Except for one minor thing: most episodes of Seinfeld would be impossible today. Think about it. Think of all those really great episodes, and all those moments that leave George, Elaine, Kramer and Jerry baffled, where you and I would just pull out a cell phone. Technology has sky-rocketed in the past 20 years, and a lot of their sticky situations could easily be averted with an iPhone. There are countless incidents where they needed to get a hold of one another in a pinch, or look up a movie time, or find some random factoid on the internet, and they could do that in a snap if they had smart phones. But with that addition, those episodes would also be shortened to 5 minutes, and no one would watch them. But that would suck, so let’s just watch them and find some enjoyment the technology gap, shall we?”

Lost without Fox Trot.

Phillip Toledano’s ‘A New Kind Of Beauty’ Comes To Kopeikin Gallery (PHOTOS, NSFW): “Phillip Toledano’s latest exhibition, titled, “A New Kind Of Beauty” is heading for Los Angeles. The photo series captures classical portraits of subjects who had extreme cosmetic surgery; each model has undergone a combination of procedures including nose jobs, eyelid lifts, breast and pec implants, and collagen injections. The transformative procedures make the models look almost inhuman, and yet the portraits suggest a new frontier of beauty, perhaps one that has not even fully evolved yet.”

Mengyu Chen.


Uptown Art: Week of May 27 – June 2

June 5, 2012

Our June First Friday featured an exhibition from Gina Cox of Pitt Community College, and a demonstration by Charity Valentine, also of PCC. There was also a reading from local author Kathy Sprau. The food was donated by the Quarry, a new restaurant and bar on 5th st. We hope everyone that joined up had a great time!

High school to get TB tests: Students and staff at Ayden-Grifton High School will undergo mandatory testing for tuberculosis after a probable case was discovered in a student this week, according to Pitt County school and health department officials. The health department first was notified of the potential case on Wednesday, according to Pitt County Health Director John Morrow. The department began testing to confirm the case and is working with the school system. A basic skin test will be administered free of charge at the school on Monday, and the results will be read on Wednesday to see if students and staff have been exposed, according to school district spokeswoman Heather Mayo.

ECUnify: “Students represent a powerful voting bloc in local elections, the proverbial elephant in the room if you will. There were around 27,367 students attending East Carolina based on numbers from Fall of 2011. And local elections are typically so close in Pitt County and Greenville that if even a tenth of those students were to vote, it could drastically swing the results in an election. Unfortunately, our age group, the 18-25 age group, is one of the most notoriously unreliable voting blocs in the country. We often show up for big, important, and historic votes, but shirk our responsibility when it comes down to elections that supposedly “don’t matter.” The truth is, that every election matters. Voting represents an important affirming or disapproving voice that all adults have. And I feel as though we students could use our voices to positively affect changes to the city of Greenville and surrounding areas.”

Memorial Day history: “Nearly two centuries ago, the American people came together to remember those who had fallen during the deadliest war that American soil had ever seen. What originally started as women decorating the graves of soldiers who died during the Civil War turned into a national holiday known and celebrated today as Memorial Day. As years have passed, the significance of Memorial Day seems to have been forgotten by a vast majority of Americans. Many people view this special holiday as just a day off from work or school, neither of which has anything to do with the true meaning of the day.”

Organize to overcome Amendment 1: “On May 8th, North Carolina held its primary elections, determining which politicians would go on to represent the political parties in the upcoming November elections. However, this was not all there was on the ballot. There was also a referendum known as Amendment One. Its purpose is to change the North Carolina Constitution “to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized.” It passed with the support of 61.06 percent of the votes, out of about 2 million voters. Over 4 million registered voters did not vote.”

Round Up: Week of May 6 – 12

May 17, 2012

Ken Wong.


Abigail Larson.

Kate Fitzpatrick.

Koren Shadmi

Matthew Woodson.


December Rose.

Think Invisible.

Sandra Beer.


Uptown Art: Week of May 6 – 12

May 15, 2012

This week we’ve been working on getting our newest show up in the gallery – a show featuring our very own employees! There’s a wide variety of pieces, from lithography to digital illustration to metals to paintings to photography. Come in sometime and check it out!

Scene Around at the Umbrella Market.

Don’t forget that the Umbrella Market is at 5 Points Plaza at Evans and 5th st every Wednesday from 5pm-8pm. Come see the local art, jewelry, food, music and more!

Mother’s Day Payback: “My wife has devised a solid method for ensuring that her maternal qualities are fully recognized and appreciated on Mother’s Day. She leaves town. This time, Sharon’s sister, a co-conspirator, flew down from Ohio. The two of them lit out Thursday morning for a girls’ weekend at the beach, leaving me to meet the ongoing needs of three daughters. Let me just say that I have never been one of those dads who leaves the bulk of childrearing responsibility to his wife. That was my father’s generation. My dear mother not only worked full time as a teacher, she took care of the cooking, cleaning, laundry and homework headaches, too. Mom actually lived that old Peggy Lee song, “I’m a Woman,” in which the singer boasts of keeping her husband comfortable while balancing a long list of household duties and a full social agenda. Incidentally, it took two men to write, “I’m a Woman.” The song is memorable mostly because a variation of it was used in a perfume commercial during the 1970s. “I can bring home the bacon,” a sultry woman sang. “Fry it up in a pan. And never, ever let you forget you’re a man…” I’m surprised my mother never threw a skillet at the TV during that commercial.

Innovative Educational Program ‘Hi Art!’ Immerses Little Kids In High Art: “Most educational programs, even those with solid art programs, portray art as a reprieve from homework and arithmetic. Frivolous and fun, art is a way to decorate the realities of learning, growing up and living. But not this program. “Hi Art!” exposes kids to opera and other forms of high art starting at toddlerdom. A bold mission, it’s true, but a hugely successful one thus far. In its 15 years of running the program has become one of the most talked-about in New York. Cyndie Bellen-Berthézène, “Hi Art!”s founder and director, said, “Great art transmits something that is essentially human.” It doesn’t just color our lives, it has the power to be at the core of how we live. Although when I think of opera we tend to think of a stodgy, elderly woman with teeny binoculars and white gloves, at its core opera is pure human expression. The words, the costumes, the sets, all take the back seat to an indescribable momentum and feeling. What is more accessible than that?”

The Art Of Motherhood: The Best Representation Of Mothers In Art: “HuffPost Arts would like to officially thank moms everywhere for their countless gifts of strength and inspiration. What better way is there to express our eternal gratitude than to celebrate motherhood through our favorite images of mothers in art, starting with Whistler’s beloved matriarch.”

‘The Ideas That Changed Graphic Design’: Teen Magazines, Drugs And Other Lasting Influences: “On bus stops, in magazines, and on TV: they’re color schemes and shapes and ideas that we’re exposed to every day. We take them for granted, these images, because they seem so commonplace. But someone created them. In the new book “100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design” by Steven Heller and design critic Veronique Vienne, some of the most unique and game-changing images are featured and discussed. As more and more options pop up for the art of graphic design — doesn’t it seem like every other person you meet these days calls themselves a “graphic designer?” — the book breaks down the origins and inspirations for some of the design world’s classiest and most ubiquitous tricks.”

Ignition Print Balances Commerce, Creativity In Cutthroat Movie Poster Graphic Design World: “When the marketing executives at Warner Brothers Pictures asked Ignition Print to pitch ideas for movie posters to promote Tim Burton’s remake of “Dark Shadows,” the only mandate was that posters feature the face of the movie’s star, Johnny Depp. But other than that, Ignition was allowed to “go crazy,” said Jacky Shu, the Ignition account executive assigned to “Dark Shadows.” Competition for such projects is usually fierce. Even small, independent movie outfits usually ask at least two graphic design firms to mock up designs. For a major tent-pole like “Dark Shadows,” it’s not unusual for a studio to solicit ideas from 10 firms in the first round.”

Defining Contemporary Art From The Past 25 Years: “The discipline of conventional history has attempted over the years to classify the trajectory of the art world into neatly constructed movements and cleanly articulated themes. But in reality, the advancement of art has been multidirectional and disconnected, with disparate artists and movements coexisting as Matisse and Seurat, or Ingres and Delacroix.”

Kehinde Wiley On ‘Economy Of Grace,’ His First Exhibition Featuring Women: “Kehinde Wiley is known for his bombastic portraits of black men as hip-hop aristocracy, dressed in their own street garb and crowned with Wiley’s ornate patterns and golden frame. His photorealistic paintings show a portrait’s historical ability to empower the disenfranchised, endowing a royal importance and street cred with his distinctive aesthetic.”

Uptown Art: Week of April 29 – May 5

May 8, 2012

We’ve been working on rearranging the store to better suit your needs! Paints are now organized by type [oil, acrylic, watercolor and gouache], mediums are all in one place, and colored pencils and pastels, textiles, and markers and inks are better organized. We are doing our best to make sure everything is easy to find and in it’s proper place. In addition, we have new sales and specials going on right now! We have more changes planned over the summer, so keep an eye out for that!

Great day to be a Pirate: “Another class of Pirates set sail into life beyond college with commencement ceremonies at East Carolina University on Friday morning. “What a great day to be a Pirate,” Chancellor Steve Ballard said as he conferred degrees in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to about 3,800 students in the Class of 2012. Roughly 2,860 bachelor degrees and 1,200 graduate degrees and certificates were awarded, with some students receiving more than one. Members of the Class of 1962 joined the ceremony to mark their 50th reunion. “Our new journey is about to begin,” senior class officer Casey Anthony said. “We are finally ready to set sail. Congratulations Pirates, we did it!””

Scene Around at the Umbrella Market.

Don’t forget that the Umbrella Market is now every Wednesday until August, from 5-8pm at the 5 Points Plaza at Evans St and 5th St. You’ll find fresh produce, seafood, artisan cheeses, handmade arts, jewelry, antiques, vintage items, homemade ice cream and yogurt, local craft brew and more! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, this is the form you need. Vending or just hanging out, we hope to see you there!

An Artist to Know: Danielle Nelson Mourning: “Danielle Nelson Mourning slipped into a thin white nightgown, dropped to her hands and knees and crawled into a muddy bog outside the tiny village of Maghery in Northern Ireland. The temperature was hovering just below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As she floated in the frigid, murky water and yelled to her friend to start taking photographs, she stared up at the iron-gray sky and thought, “This is crazy and amazing.” It wasn’t the first time Mourning’s photography career had put her in an unusual situation, and it wouldn’t be the last. Since 2003, she has been taking a series of self-portraits that reflect her family history. For authenticity, she journeys to the places where her forebears lived and dons period clothing (some items actually belonged to her ancestors) before striking poses inspired by old photographs, stories and memories.”

Gray Gallery holds masters of fine arts exhibition: “The Wellington B. Gray Gallery at East Carolina University will exhibit the work of four masters of fine arts students from the School of Art and Design through May 18.”

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Legacy, Celebrated On The Day Of His Death: “Most of us know the Leonardo’s famous works by now. From the “Last Supper” to the “Vitruvian Man” and, of course, the “Mona Lisa”, Leonardo’s masterpieces have risen to the forefront of our cultural collective memory. His insatiable curiosity led him to become one of the foremost artists, scientists, architects and personas in Western history. But here are some things about Leonardo you may not know, on the anniversary of his death (May 2, 1519).”

Round Up: Week of 22 – 28

May 3, 2012

3D Photos without 3D Glasses.

Paul Cadden’s Unbelievably Photorealistic Drawings.


Photographer Captures 24 Hours In One Panoramic Photograph.

Ner Tamin

Meaghan Long

Little White Truths.

Bicycle Prints.

Uptown Art: Week of 22 – 28

May 1, 2012

Let’s do it for Leo.

A look back at the top stories.

New Medical Studies Reveals Cause Of Frida Kahlo’s Infertility: “Frida Kahlo’s works conveyed complex physical and psychological turmoil, often with astounding anatomical accuracy. Infertility remained a motif throughout her works, with the artist creating haunting visions of fetuses, bloody bedsheets and connected umbilical cords. Though the symbolism of her heartache has been researched by art historians for decades, her unexpected mastery of human anatomy was not investigated until now. Dr. Fernando Antelo is a surgical pathologist at UCLA. When he looked at Kahlo’s painted stories, he did not just see a figurative representation, he saw a medical mystery. From the anatomic precision in the works it looked as if Kahlo had visited a doctor or at least studied medical books in her spare time. Dr. Antelo told MSN: “I see her as a patient wanting to tell me about her symptoms, and at the same time I see her advanced knowledge, her ability to tell me about it as another physician would.””

Greenville Police Department begins to blog:

“The Greenville Police Department has begun blogging online to give the public an alternative way to receive an inside look at the day-to-day operations of the department, as well as a way to send out valuable information.

Sgt. Joe Friday, the departments’ public information officer, created the blogging site when he began in January of this year. The goal of the blog site was to allow the public access to potentially unknown information that they may want, or that can help them understand and make decisions and opinions about their local law enforcement.”

‘The Quarry’ creates quality pizza: “With endless combinations of pizza, the smell of melted cheese, a packed restaurant, and the anticipation of Greenville’s newest restaurant, my girlfriend and I ventured downtown Saturday night to see what “The Quarry” was all about. Though their two-page menu offered only a few pizza options and appetizers, “The Quarry” revealed their full menu yesterday during their official grand opening. The previous week acted as their soft opening, which only offered a portion of their menu. Still, the atmosphere inside was alive and abuzz. It seemed as though I wasn’t the only one curious about the food, as anxiety filled the eatery.”

Why We Think Printmaking is Far from Dying: “When we had an interview with JP Cuison he shared how he does his prints through screen printing and painting. We go so hooked up to printmaking that we decided to do another interview with a group of print makers from the Philippines. If you’re into printmaking, make sure to check out that interesting post. Since we’re featuring a group of printmakers soon, we’d like to let the internet know that printmaking is not yet dead, well not in the near future.
We’d like to point out that printmaking and printing are two different things. Printmaking involves the creation of artwork by printing it on paper or canvas which produces a different “Impression” in each piece. This makes each art piece produced through printmaking a unique piece of art, normally differentiated through a series of numbers. On the other hand, printing in general is the reproduction of text or image for varying purposes. These can be for posterity, academic, or commercial purposes.”

Stop Sign Yarn Flowers Must Be Stopped, San Diego Officials Say: “A public art controversy is blooming in San Diego thanks to a mysterious man who has turned 100 stop signs into flowers using yarn and wire. Back in March, the computer programmer who only identifies himself as “Bryan” started a “yarn bombing” project in which he and a dozen others knitted and crocheted green stems and leaves onto 100 stop signs in his neighborhood. “I went out at night and wrapped scarves that I had already knitted around the signposts and stitched them to the poles and added leaves that I made with yarn and wire,” Bryan told The Huffington Post. “At first, people ignored me, wanting to avoid that guy standing on a step-ladder near a stop sign, but as I got up to 50, 60 signs, people started to stick their heads out of their cars and tell me they loved what I was doing.””