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Showtime at The Ackland

 Hi folks. Long time no see. Hope everyone is doing well. Just wanted to let y'all know that Friday, February 10, 2012 is opening night for my first solo show of the cellular obscura project. It's happening at The Ackland Art Museum Store on the corner of Columbia and Franklin Streets in Chapel Hill. Alice Southwick and Melinda Rittenhouse (originally from Gallery Shibui and Rebus Works in Raleigh) have helped fashion a well lit and inviting space to showcase art. And there's a ton of cool gifts and art books for sale. And to top it off... literally... Top of the Hill is right above us. Friday is Chapel Hill's 2ndFriday Artwalk too. But if you can't make it out then, the show runs through April 7th. And I'll be doing an artist's talk on February 23 at the space. Hope to see you there! 
best -shawn

Site redesign and migration

Hi. Thanks for dropping by. As you can see it's been a little quiet around here. But we're in the process of changing that. While we upgrade and toss around ideas for the newest incarnation of this blog please visit my new website where there are two galleries devoted to this ongoing project. See you there.


Boylan Heights ArtWalk time again!

Boylan Heights ArtWalk is one of a kind. Over one hundred local and regional artists set up on porches and front yards in one of Raleigh's historical and easily walkable neighorhoods. And I'm thrilled to be part of it again this year. It's this Sunday from 12noon to 5pm, so if you live in the Triangle area or just by chance happen to be driving through please stop on by. I'll be on Ethan's porch again at 319 S. Boylan Ave. and I'll have about twenty-five different scenes for sale and at an affordable price. I'll also have some of the large (24x30) prints that were just in the last gallery show on display.

Hope to see you there.

Honorable mention at photoSpark

Just found out a 16x20 print of Air Force One (previous blog here) won an honorable mention at tonite's opening reception for this year's photoSPARK at SparkCon.

And uhmmm...I didn't plan it this way but a 24x30 print is also hanging at Visual Art Exchange's N.E.W. show a few blocks down. That's definitely a first.

So if you're in Raleigh, check 'em out. A number of people are surprised to find out that prints this big came from a five-year-old cellphone camera.
And anyway SparkCon is a great weekend of cool events all over downtown. Like last week's Hopscotch music festival, Raleigh will once again feel like a big city.

Two gallery shows this month

From my understanding August is the slowest month of the already slow summer season for a lot of galleries and many owners and curators take this time for a bit of R-n-R . Well, if you're not heading to the Hamptons or OBX you're all invited along with all my friends and family to Raleigh. Four pieces from the Cellular Obscura collection will be on view for the month starting this Friday; two 24x30s and one 8x10 at the Exchange Gallery and two 16x20's at Raleigh City Museum. It's First Friday ArtWalk which is a great time to visit all the galleries downtown. Hope to see some of you there.

Nature bats last

A scene along US 501 in Rustburg, Va. I kid you not. I photographed this first and then learned where I was. The town forefathers were certainly clairvoyant.