Windows on Chapel Hill

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Downtown Chapel Hill storefronts come to life with site-specific installations by local artists! A collaborative year-long project between the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Town of Chapel Hill Public and Cultural Arts Office, and smArts Creative Programs & Events brings eye-catching pop-up art displays to downtown storefronts, promotes artists in our community and further establish downtown Chapel Hill as a dynamic space for art.

In the spring of 2015 we continue the popular Windows on Chapel Hill pop-up art installations throughout downtown. Featuring three new striking displays by local artists on Franklin Street.  Art installations will run March 1 through the end of June 2015. This is the fourth year of Windows on Chapel Hill; having installed 21 different artists since 2011.

All are invited to an opening reception during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk on Friday, April 10 from 6 pm to 8 pm at Zog's Art Bar & Pool Hall at 108 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill.  Meet the artists, enjoy food, and learn more about this great collaborative arts initiative. 

Previous Press:

Local Storefronts to Host Windows on Chapel Hill Art Exhibitions - Daily Tar Heel, March 23, 2014
Window's on Chapel Hill Reception at Lantern Restaurant - Chapelboro.com, March 26, 2014
Knots Landing:Macrame on Display - Chapel Hill News, May 30, 2014 


Inside the Microcosm by Teddy Devereux
108 East Franklin Street - Walgreen's Display Case

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Inspired by nature and biological forms, especially microscopic structures, Devereux loves looking into organisms to see the inner features and their intricacies and beauty.  Her glass art while abstract often has biological themes and has been evolving from flatter textured work to more sculptural pieces with greater depth and 3-dimensionality.  Besides the colors, transparency, and light that make fused glass a wonderful medium for creating microcosmic art, the processes and especially the experimentation are energizing.  As Chapel Hill is one hub of the Research Triangle Park, it seems like science themed art may be of interest to the audience here. 

Artist Bio: I am a fused glass artist living in Durham, NC.  My fusing adventure started in 1993 when I took a class with well known fused glass artist Dan Fenton.  Since then, I have taken several kilnforming workshops and master classes with Dan and other artists including Klaus Moje and Kirstie Rea.  My interest in utilizing scientific themes in art was stimulated during a long scientific career.  Since I retired, Ive been able to spend more time creating art pieces, and I teach fused glass techniques at Carolina Stained Glass store in Durham.  I’ve had several solo shows including at the Block Gallery in Raleigh, the Century Building in Carrboro, the Duke Eye Center, and the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.  I’m a member of the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Guild, and in 2012 I won the Dino Read Foundation Awards at the CDC Fair.  www.vitreous-humor.com


Color It Positive by Helen Seebold
409 West Franklin Street

Helen Seebold’s latest pubic art installation, titled  “Color it Positive”, puts a modern twist on traditional Tibetan Prayer Wheels and incorporates color theory to create a vibrantly colorful and interactive display.  Tibetan Prayer Wheels are traditionally small cylinders on a spindle that are spun to release a sacred mantra into the world.  In “Color it Positive”, over 500 plastic cups have been strung together and inscribed with positive messages. Exploring the idea that color can impact our brain to react in emotional ways, the cups have been specifically arranged in color schemes to evoke a positive response.  The installation is designed to encourage viewers to spin a cup and reflect on ways to positively influence their surroundings.

 

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Artist Bio: Helen’s artistic body of work is greatly inspired by her deep respect of Nature and her love of Ancient Cultures.  Reflecting on ancient traditions and cultural practices throughout history, she explores our connection to nature and each other.  Working in ceramics, photography and public art installation, Helen enjoys creating exhibits that bring a series of small things together to create something larger.  Helen exhibits extensively throughout the triangle and is a member of the Visual Art Exchange and Durham Art Guild.  She has created public installations for the Durham Storefront Project, Cary Visual Art and the Pop! Fuquay-Varina Downtown Art Series. She is excited to be exhibiting for a second time with Windows on Chapel Hill!  You can check out her work on LittleFlowerArt.com, follow her on Facebook at Little Flower Art/Facebook or on Twitter @LittleFlowerArt.  http://www.littleflowerart.com/


Cowboys by Greg Carter
104 West Franklin Street (between Ben & Jerry's and I Heart NY Pizza)

Re-configuring of four large cowboys which had been shown last year at The Mahler, in Raleigh. They held six guns and were shooting each other then. They are holding small forest animals and chatting with each other now.

Artist Statement:  Creativity is possibly the most valuable problem-solving skill we can have. It is the skill that allows us to cope with novel situations and to create unanticipated solutions. It is the skill that we recognize as the "clear perception of childhood" and that is systematically beaten down by "growing up." But if it is not squashed, Creativity can be refined throughout the course of one's entire life; or if once lost, Creativity can be re-acquired at any time, if a person is willing.

The path any person will take through life is unpredictable. Regardless of one's plan at any given point, knowing the next bend in life’s road is impossible. For that reason, a focus on teaching particular skills that yield short-term results, rather than teaching processes, does a disservice to the faith that our students place in us to prepare them for the world.  

The path any person will take through life is unpredictable. Regardless of one's plan at any given point, knowing the next bend in life’s road is impossible. For that reason, a focus on teaching particular skills that yield short-term results, rather than teaching processes, does a disservice to the faith that our students place in us to prepare them for the world.  

 


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For more information on how to create store front installations in your community, Triangle ArtWorks has created a Pop Up Tool Kit.

Additionally, an art wrapped Transit bus by Chapel Hill artist Mary Carter Taub entitled Mobile Mural will be traveling downtown routes for a year beginning in March 2013 as part of the Town’s Downtown Art Program in partnership with the Orange County Arts Commission.

Windows on Chapel Hill is made possible by funds from the Town of Chapel Hill's Public and Cultural Arts Office, Windows on Chapel Hill has grown from one location in 2012  to four sites in the fall of 2013.  To support this and other arts initiatives in our community please make a donation to Friends of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation 

Windows on Chapel Hill is curated by Sarah Wolfe of smArts Creative Programs & Events. Producing creative, engaging and affordable programs and events that help exemplify and/or promote an organization, business or individual’s work and goals. More Info

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Past Installations