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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).”

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