October Art Walk

Heather Evans Smith photography

Hopefully it isn’t too late for all you art lovers out there to take in some of the delights that we saw on last month’s 3rd Friday Art Walk. It was only two weeks ago, and since we are not talking about the revolving door that is The Carrack, chances are good.

The first exhibit that we would recommend was at Room 100 at Goldenbelt, which is curated by the Durham Arts Guild. The fascinating photography of Heather Evans Smith. Ms. Smith told our editor that she made the transition from event photography three years ago. And that despite people still regularly asking her to do weddings, she politely, but firmly turns them down.

The reason is obvious. She has moved in a much more creative direction which she calls, conceptual portrait photography. These photographs, from a series called, “The Heart and The Heavy,” mainly self-portraits, depict a tormented woman, frequently blindfolded, posed in Stygian and post-apocalyptic landscapes. Contemplating her mortality? Ours as a society? Or both? These were challenging and stimulating, highly stylized photographs.

The Green Gallery across the way at The Scrap Exchange featured just the opposite.

Jerris Gibbs at The Green Galley in The Scrap Excahnge

Jerris Gibbs at The Green Galley in The Scrap Excahnge

They were hosting a self-taught Appalachian artist named Jerris Gibbs who paints on found objects and pieces of wood. The work was just as beguiling, and perfectly spooky for this Halloween time of year.

Jerris Gibbs

Jerris Gibbs

The craggy, layered surfaces seemed to invite the viewer into these paintings. This one even had glitter spread into the paint.

Jerris Gibbs

Jerris Gibbs

See even more photos of her work here on our Tumblr.

The final recommendation from last month’s Durham Art Walk would be our old friends at Liberty Arts who have the sculpture of Tripp Jarvis on display. Jarvis has trained everywhere from East Carolina to Estonia. Intimate, imaginative, and ethereal are some of the words that come to mind. Grandiose hunks of metal are made light and airy, holding greenery, displaying inner space and glow. We caught up with one of Jarvis’s roommates who told us the pieces are made to be touched and that he keeps many of them outdoors on their 4-5 acre outdoor space, rotating them through the landscape.

All three of the exhibits are well worth a visit.

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Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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