(photograph taken in east Chatham County)
Flecks, streaks and arcs dart across a blank mat board as artist Marcelle Harwell Pachnowski paints among a backdrop of spectators and a rumbling band. Crouch. Head tilt. Lean. A live performance emerges as the artist's bold colors flash across the surface of the large-scale piece....culminating in a rendering, worthy of a bow.
(photographs taken at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro)
Rhonda Robichaux's (above) striking voice, rich in soul, charges across a crowded lawn at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. She and her band perform again in Carrboro on Independence Day.
(photographs taken at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro)
BowBarr's long-lashed, mustached "Carrboro Man" mural juts out by a nose around the corner of the building located at 705 West Rosemary Street in Carrboro. It was created by local artist Scott Nurkin in 2013 whose cadre of signature murals around town include Greetings from Chapel Hill (off of Rosemary Street near Colombia Street in downtown Chapel Hill), and the newly painted Dean Smith mural (off of Smith Level Road and US 15-501 in Chapel Hill near the Orange/Chatham county line).
(photograph taken off of Rosemary Street in Carrboro)
From a distance, this mural of a world map embedded in the United States appears to be flecked in arbitrary pastel shades. But look closely to decipher the allegory reflected in the statement (in English and Spanish) that accompanies the piece: "We are a Nation of Many Colors." Each brick has a distinct word or design, yet in collaboration it appears as one seamless object. The mural was painted in 2005 by volunteers from El Centro Latino. Alaska and Hawaii are hidden behind the creeping greenery.
(photographs taken near Lloyd and Main streets in Carrboro)
She packed a wallop belting her signature seductive songs in raspy soul. Folk-rock singer-songwriter Rachael Yamagata nailed it Saturday evening at the Cat's Cradle, only rivaled by her endearing stage banter. From behind draping locks, she alternated between new tunes and classics from Happenstance that a decade ago catapulted her career. Nearing the culmination of the concert, the crowd hushed and Jeremy (striped shirt below) -- who lip-synched ditty after ditty in the audience -- piped in softly harmonizing with Rachael. Applause and whistles from the crowd....he made Carrboro proud.
(photograph taken at the Cat's Cradle Back Room on Main Street in Carrboro)
Once used to keep protesters out, this chain link fence has become a canvas for demonstration and revolving artwork in Carrboro. It too has turned into an allegory for local concern. The steel wire netting was erected when protesters stormed the building in 2012 to oppose potential corporatization of the property after developers applied to build a CVS on the site. The building previously housed WCOM 103.5 FM community radio which now broadcasts from the front end of the Art Center.
(photographs taken on the corner of Weaver and Greensboro streets in Carrboro)
Once gleaming, its copper portal has started to oxidize and its silver peak has faded. But at 12 feet tall, weighing in at about 500 pounds, it stands anchored on a Weaver Street corner lawn. The padlock on the handle adds to its allure. Those with a xenoarchaeological bent might do a double-take. But despite its cylindrical shape and looming size, this is no spacecraft or playground as young'uns might eagerly yearn. This interactive art installation is a metal spinning camera obscura -- one of photography's ancestors. Created by Josh Lev in 2011, "new Whirld" is intended to illustrate a person's environment from unexplored views, encouraging people to adopt new perspectives.
Folks enter the flue-shaped piece, close the door and behold a duplicate image of the outside world displayed on the inside wall of the steel structure. This occurs when sunlight enters the lens projecting a mirrored image inside the unlit room. Though reversed and upside down, the lens captures a clear image through the small hole, in both original proportion and hues. To heighten its effect, the interactive piece spins enabling folks to experience a 360-degree panoramic view of its surroundings.
Although unopened for hands-on use, it's on display in Carrboro. Detailed "how to use" instructions in a framed sign accompany the art installation.
(photographs taken on the corner of Weaver and Center streets in Carrboro)
Perhaps intended as ephemeral art, four years later the street style mural still clings to the brick building in brilliant hues. With no direction and cans of paint, the Evoker dodged bugs in the Carolina heat as he painted for a flock of onlookers in Carrboro. The Boston-based artist, né Ryan Robidoux, decided upon a trio of his signature monsters characterized by a bold cartoon-like style for the "Wootini Gallery" mural. He was commissioned by the Wootini Gallery to paint the piece "live" during the 2010 opening of an art exhibit in which he was displaying his work.
The exhibit also marked the new home of the gallery known for Pop Pluralism (aka Lowbrow Art or Pop Surrealism), art influenced by pop culture that's often polychromatic with a humorous bent. The gallery had relocated in 2010 from the Carr Mill mall into the Lloyd Street location in Carrboro.
To see the Evoker's images of how the mural unfolded click here.
(photograph taken behind the building at 101 Lloyd Street in Carrboro)
More than 20 years later, faded traces of Scott Stewart's Fishing Village (1993) chinoiserie-like mural remain in the alley alongside the building that houses Jade Palace restaurant in Carrboro. Stewart also painted the wall on the east corner of the building, abutting the restaurant. That mural no longer exists. It was painted over twice. Once with a controversial artwork in 2002 that featured a patchwork of art squares by local businesses. The other, still stands rich in color. It's called The Strowd Roses Community Mural designed in 2009 by Emily Weinstein and showcases the Chinese zodiac.
(photograph taken on Main Street in Carrboro)
The whimsical white bunnies anonymously sprang up on the wall alongside The Beehive in downtown Carrboro in 2013. While the salon has been host to graffiti in the past, this art appealed to the staff and has acted as the hair shop's beacon since. Somehow, the rabbit colony has managed to stick it out despite the gradually flaking decals.
(photograph taken between Main/Greensboro streets on Weaver Street in Carrboro)
A "Patton" American flag -- reminiscent of the iconic opening scene in the oft-quoted film -- backdrops Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom outdoor stage in Carrboro. The stage is tucked in the lot behind the restaurant and is one of two dozen indoor/outdoor venues for the Carrboro Music Festival. This year's 17th annual event takes over downtown on Sunday, September 28, with about 180 performing acts showcasing a spectrum of musical styles. A kick-off is scheduled for Saturday, September 27, at the Cat's Cradle Back Room.
(photograph taken behind Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom located on Main/Greensboro streets in Carrboro)
Alongside the wall of the bicycle store The Clean Machine, "The Girl" emits a swirl of colors dancing down the alley. Created in 2010, Chapel Hill artist Casey Robertson took about 12 hours by freehand to complete the piece. The mural is painted in an urban street style which sometimes folks misinterpret as illegal art. Robertson also painted "Arrows" (2011) located at 709 West Rosemary Street, next to Carrburritos.
(photographed at 104 West Main Street, Carrboro)
A panorama of roses weaves through the animals of the Chinese zodiac on the wall of the Jade Palace restaurant on Main Street in Carrboro. Hunt for the year you were born to discover your animal and its related traits. The Strowd Roses Community Mural (2009), designed by Emily Eve Weinstein and named after the Strowd Rose Foundation, features the 12 animals that appear on the Chinese Zodiac calendar: rat, buffalo (ox), tiger, rabbit, dragon, horse, goat, snake, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Each lunar year corresponds with an animal and its attributes as denoted in the 12-year cycle. According to the Chinese, the animal ruling one's birth year has a profound influence on personality, fate and fortune.
But this blossoming beauty was not the only mural that wreathed this wall.
Weinstein's artwork replaced a controversial mural painted in 2002 that featured a patchwork of art by local businesses and individuals who purchased 2x2-foot squares for $20-$50 each (proceeds were donated to Club Nova, a Carrboro nonprofit that serves as a halfway house for emotionally challenged adults). Unfortunately, the mural came across as a sweeping billboard and did not pass the Town of Carrboro's public sign ordinance. It was subsequently rectified with the addition of the poem “I am Not a Wall” by Patrick Herron, Carrboro’s poet laureate at the time. In 2007, the updated mural was vandalized in a swathe of mint green. Two years later, Strowd Roses and the Orange County Arts Commission commissioned Weinstein to design the 14 x 60-foot piece which was painted by Volunteers for Youth.
(photographed at 103 East Main Street in Carrboro)
Mosaic Egg Sculpture from North Carolina Botanical Garden is located at the convergence of East Main Street and Rosemary Street in Carrboro.
(photograph taken in Carrboro)
Ceiling mural at the entrance of All Day Records at 112A E Main Street in Carrboro.
(photograph taken at 112A E Main Street in Carrboro)
The "Marathon" mural by Michael Brown (1994) was commissioned by owner, John Dimos, who operated the Greek restaurant that formerly resided in the building in which the painting appears. The mural depicts an ancient Greek marathon as if on a broken plate -- from the Greek tradition celebrating by breaking a plate. In 2012, Dimos, who owns Captain John's Dockside in Chatham County, funded the restoration of the mural.
The mural is located at the convergence of West Rosemary Street and East Main Street in Carrboro. Its appears on the Don Jose Tienda Mexicana.
(photograph taken in Carrboro)