Kudos, again, to Herb Jackson both for his new exhibit but even more for his gift to Davidson College and its students … 42 years of teaching.

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Jackson, whose work can be found at museums around the world and has had over 150 solo-exhibitions, is finally returning to NYC. Opening on February 17th at the Claire Oliver Gallery, Firestorm in the Teahouse will not only mark Jackson’s long-awaited return but also provide his admirers with the chance to see his newest, incredible paintings.

I chatted with the artist about his return to NYC, what it was like to be part of Donald Kuspit’s iconic exhibition of contemporary American art in the Soviet Union and his attempts at teaching me how to paint. Yep, that’s right, yours truly once had the honor of being taught by one of America’s most talented living artists. Too bad I really was a hopeless case…

Liv: Let’s start at the beginning, our at least of how I met you. What made you decide to become a studio art professor?

Herb Jackson: I always felt drawn to teaching, perhaps because I remember and still experience the wonder that comes from making art. To see the germination of a visual idea and then watch its growth, development and change in the hands and mind of a young person is a special privilege that I have enjoyed, and I hope honored, for 42 years.

via Interview with Herb Jackson.

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So the 2 Davidson students are safely out of Egypt.

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» Davidson Students Evacuated Safely from Egypt.

A little more info on THE convention … the how and the why.

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“Charlotte,” she wrote, “is a city marked by its Southern charm, warm hospitality and an ‘up by the bootstraps’ mentality that has propelled the city forward as one of the fastest-growing in the South.”

The convention will bring President Obama to a county that helped him become the first Democratic presidential candidate in 32 years to carry North Carolina and drive a wedge into the traditionally solidly red South.

His 100,000-vote margin in Mecklenburg County helped him carry North Carolina by a scant 14,000 votes out of 4.3 million. It was his narrowest margin of victory in any state.

via Democratic National Convention puts Charlotte, South in spotlight – CharlotteObserver.com.

As an early birthday celebration a good friend took me to a new place, FABO in Myers Park on Selwyn … I’ll go again … Want to join me?

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FABO, a locally owned coffee shop and art gallery, offers work from over 50 local artists in many mediums including jewelry, pottery and paintings. Our coffee shop features artisan coffee with fresh roasted beans and delectable goodies created by local food artists Tizzerts and Edible Arts.

Something is always changing at FABO – so come by often!

via FABO Cafe.

 

Great lunch with my great friend. I will say this … I prefer the old Penguin to Pinky’s, and I highly recommend Amelie’s for coffee and dessert. However I have heard that the view of Charlotte on a nice evening is wonderful from Pinky’s … not much on a cold, rainy, wintry day.

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Pinky’s Westside Grill – Charlotte Restaurant.

Charlotte NC :: Amelie’s French Bakery :: Amelie’s French Bakery and Cafe.

So we ventured to Jake’s Good Eats for a second visit. It is an upscale diner … in an old gas station. The food is interesting. The friend oysters were very good, but the sautéed spinach underneath was to die for. The wedge with bleu cheese and bacon was very good … a meal in itself. And my vegetable plate was quite good. I could not have downed a full entre after the other two shared items. I’ll go again … but get there early. It is worth a 30 minute wait … but not an hour.

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Jake’s Good Eats -.

John made it to work just fine … only problem was getting into the car … the lock was frozen on the jeep!

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Tens of thousands of Carolinas residents are venturing back onto the roads Wednesday morning, as the recovery continues from a winter storm that has closed schools and turned sidewalks and parking lots into ice rinks.

via Charlotte returns to work, but roads are still icy – CharlotteObserver.com.

 

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