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Uptown Art : Week of March 18-24

March 27, 2012

Hello, all! The blog has been hit-or-miss in the past… let’s see if this go ’round works a little better, hm?


This week we waved goodbye to a wonderful assistant manager. Meagan has been with Uptown Art for six years, keeping our stock [and employees!] in check, as well as bettering Uptown Art’s connection with both ECU’s School of Art and Design and PCC’s art and design classes. Our store is all the better for her having been here, and she will be greatly missed.

Thank you, Meagan! Good luck – Greenville’s loss is New York’s gain!


If you haven’t seen the new layout, check out our website!

We’ve made it easier to find whatever you’re looking for – new products, sales, or events.

We also like to think it looks prettier. But maybe that’s just us.


Speaking of changes, Uptown Art upgraded to Timeline this week!

Now you can message us if you have a question, see our latest deals and newest products, and check in at Uptown Art to let your friends know you’re here!



“For the second year in a row, some portions of the university’s Fine Arts programs did not receive funding.

Before a previous move from the Department of Student Affairs, the performing arts trio used student fees but stopped receiving funding as the budget crisis began.

The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series and Family Fare and Arts Smart constitute the trio that did not receive funding.”

Read more of Fine arts raises does not receive funding.


“Nonprofit Uptown Greenville’s executive director is leaving the position for a job on the Outer Banks and a search committee has begun looking for her successor.

Denise Walsh will resign effective April 20 from the job she’s held since 2007.”

Read more of Uptown Greenville director to resign.


“For many, graduation will be a time for celebration, tears and reminiscing. On May 4, thousands of Pirates will walk across their respective stages and shake hands with their department’s chairman, signifying their completion of a degree. However, treacherous waters lie ahead for these soon-to-be graduates since success is difficult in today’s struggling economy.”

Read 10 tips for soon-to-be college graduates.


“The eighth annual Youth Arts Festival at ECU will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Mall.

More than 100 visual and performing artists from the university and surrounding area will be present to share their talents with children and their families.

There will be activities such as wheel-thrown ceramics, watercolor painting, weaving, papermaking, printmaking, portraiture and blacksmithing.”

Be sure not to miss the Youth Arts Festival.


“Fans have been positively rabid in advance of today’s theatrical release of “The Hunger Games,” the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ young adult novel of the same name, but none may be more enthusiastic than North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue. She led the push to expand tax incentives for movie production, a key factor in bringing the blockbuster to the Tar Heel State.”

Read more of Hunger Games a success for NC.

“All last summer, locals would spy Woody Harrelson on the streets of Asheville, eating raw manicotti at The Laughing Seed, often shoeless, blending in with the rest of the city’s hemp-wearing vegan vagabonds.

One of the stars of “The Hunger Games,” filmed entirely in North Carolina, Harrelson bunked at the Hotel Indigo on Haywood Street, enjoying views of the Blue Ridge Mountains through floor-to-ceiling windows – or, if he preferred, from the vantage point of a claw-foot tub.

So one day, the makers of Buchi, a brand of the bubbly tea-based beverage called kombucha, sent Harrelson a gift basket, figuring odds were slim he’d ever open it.

But the next day, the star found the staff at an Asheville arts festival, hopped shoeless off the bus and posed for pictures wearing a Navy blue Buchi T-shirt.

“I was out there slingin’ Buchi,” said Zane Adams, the drink’s marketing guru, “and he was just rockin’ the shirt.”

The movie opens today, and analysts predict the story of children dueling to the death in post-apocalyptic North America could rake in more than $100 million in its first weekend. But to Western North Carolina, the excitement peaked last year, when the cast popped up on unlikely corners.”

Read more of Hunger Games stars leave memories in NC.


“The Student Government Association is reaching out to the student body to design a monument that will be built outside of the Boneyard section at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

“In an effort to commemorate the naming of the student section and to solidify our reputation as one of the most spirited stadiums in the nation, SGA is once again partnering with the Athletics Department to commission a monument for the Boneyard student section,” said Joshua Martinkovic, SGA President.

SGA conducted the naming process for the student section two years ago and its members are mimicking that process for the monument. They are collecting submissions, then narrowing those down to several options for the student body to vote on.”

Read more on Artists needed to design monument.

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