Jamestown, Virginia

Fort rebuilt at the old city Jamestown site

Rebuilt fort at the old city Jamestown site

 

We took a trip to Jamestown and Williamsburg, Virginia this past weekend. I grew up visiting my grandmother in Williamsburg but don’t remember too much of the historic sites in the area. There are a decent amount of bike trails and you can actually stay in colonial Williamsburg and ride all the way to Jamestown, not to mention ride a loop around Jamestown Island once you get there.

Mansion Ruins at the Historic Jamestowne Site

Mansion Ruins at the historic Jamestowne Site

biking around Jamestown Island

biking around Jamestown Island

Riding the ferry across the James river

Riding the ferry across the James river

 

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Office Furniture Design for Fold Four

Office shelf and desks for Fold Four

Office shelf and desks for Fold Four

Art director and graphic designer Roy Brooks recently relocated his office to a downtown suite in Milwaukee. I helped him design two desks and some shelves for the space. The desks are designed to look as simple as possible, using slot joints, and are inspired by furniture designed by Donald Judd. The shelves are notched together plywood shelves, maple supports, and plywood dividers.

Shelves made of Amercian birch plywood, maple supports, and plywood dividers.

Shelves made of Amercian birch plywood with maple supports

Besides being a graphic designer, Roy also creates art and builds furniture. He built the shelves and desks in his shop and installed them himself.  Check out some of Roy’s design work at his website – he uses the moniker Fold Four. He’s designed some pretty amazing books. Also, his design blog is here.

Shelf joinery detail

Shelf joinery detail

Design drawing for furniture

Design drawing for Fold Four’s office furniture

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New ink drawings

24" x 12" ink on paper - vw 2013

24″ x 9″ ink on paper – vw 2013

Here are a couple of ink drawings from a new series I’ve been working on. Check out a few more at my art website.

24" x 12" ink on paper - vw 2013

24″ x 9″ ink on paper – vw 2013

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Shaun Richards Art at Flanders Gallery

Desa Par Ecido by Sean Richards

Desaparecido by Shaun Richards

Local Raleigh artist Shaun Richards created another large body of work for his June/July show at Flanders Gallery. Once again he issues critical statements about contemporary culture displayed in layered paint with mixed media additions such as paper, iron-ons, and graphite. Shaun has the large gallery format art down to a science. The pieces grab your interest from across the room and draw you in.

Standard Deviation by Sean Richards -also the title of the show

Standard by Shaun Richards

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Virginia Creeper Trail

Over the Holston River

Over the Holston River

Over the weekend I had an opportunity to go camping on the banks of the Holston River near Alvarado, Virginia,  just yards from the Virginia Creeper Trail. The trail is 35 miles long and runs through Damascus, Virginia, ultimately climbing around 2000 feet up to Whitetop, VA. It is built along an abandoned railroad bed, so there isn’t much up and down or quick turns, just straight runs through scenic country, over many trestles, and along farmland.

Easy ride along beautiful farmland

Easy ride along beautiful farmland

I was only able to ride maybe 3 or so miles, so look forward to going back to ride the entire length at some point.

Virginia Creeper Trail

Virginia Creeper Trail

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Art show at Visual Art Exchange during May

"live / work" - 18" x 24" - ink on paper - 2013

“live / work” – 18″ x 24″ – ink on paper – 2013

I am part of a group show opening May 3rd in the front “exchange gallery” of the Visual Art Exchange. The show will run the month of May and will feature (3) of my large 18″ x 24″ drawings and (5) of my 9″ x 12″ drawings. These are some of over 80 drawings in a series I call “What is the subject? Who is the audience?” and I have a book available online by the same name. I also finally put an art website together which has some examples of my work over the last few years. While I’m self-promoting, might as well mention I have revamped my architecture website, and am always excited about new and challenging design projects. If you get a chance come by and see me at VAE this Friday 6-9 pm.

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Art by Brian Walsby

Deborah Harry by Brian Walsby

Deborah Harry by Brian Walsby

Brian Walsby is a musician/illustrator/artist who has been really prolific recently, generating hundreds of comic sketches, portraits of musicians, and concert posters, along with other drawings.

Blackey by Brian Walsby

Blacky from the Canadian band Voi Vod by Brian Walsby

Brian moved from California to Raleigh as a teenager and has been making music and art since. He’s played drums in many local rock bands, and recounts stories of his life, social critiques, and humorous anecdotes in illustrated format in his 6 volume set of “Manchild” comics. Brian is a nice guy who puts it all out there, and believes in honest portrayal of himself and others, even if he occasionally offends or embarrasses. Check out his website and his blog.

Stacks of hundreds of drawings by Brian Walsby

Stacks of hundreds of recent drawings by Brian Walsby

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Sean Pace’s “Chicken Shooter” at the NCSU Brickyard

Sean Pace in the "Chicken Shooter" cranked up and ready to fire!

Sean Pace in the “Chicken Shooter” cranked up and ready to fire!

On March 13th, 2013, artist Sean Pace wheeled his modified motorcycle, reassembled with various other found parts, onto the Brickyard at NCSU as a special feature demonstration, part of the “Farfetched” show currently on display at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NC State. He loaded in the rubber chickens, cranked it up, and launched a hand full of chickens across the Brickyard. Each shot was quite a process: twisting cranks, jerking knobs, swinging the bike to the side. Seeing the chicken shooter in action and meeting the artist was a good lunchtime event.

Sean loading the rubber chickens.

Sean loading the rubber chickens.

Worm's eye view of the chicken shooter.

Worm’s eye view of the chicken shooter.

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Skyfall in blue ink

"Skyfall 1" - 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" - vw2013

“Skyfall 1″ – 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2” – vw2013

A small drawing in blue ink and pencil.

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Band Poster

 

India Ink and paste

India Ink and paste  -11″x17″

A poster I designed for a show at Slim’s next week.

 

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