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.

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.

 

Treacherous, but beautiful. Note that my basset wants to know why I am standing in the snow-filled yard yelling “come” when there is a perfectly dry porch to view the lovely snow!

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Iced-over secondary roads continued to shut down much of the Carolinas on Tuesday, but a slow recovery began shortly before midday as temperatures began to rise.

Travel is treacherous across the region today, after several hours of freezing rain left a coat of ice atop the 4 to 7 inches of snow that fell Monday.

via Charlotte’s temperature is climbing toward a thaw; roads are still dangerous – CharlotteObserver.com.

Yesterday I was hoping for –*–*–*–*–*–*. Sometimes you get what you wish for!

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Snow started about 3:30 a.m. and came down heavily for several hours before lessening after daybreak. Forecasters say snow will fall intermittently much of this afternoon before changing to sleet by sunset and eventually to freezing drizzle later tonight.

“We expect another 2 to 4 inches of snow today in the Piedmont,” Anthony Sturey, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C., said late Monday morning.

Jen Thompson, of the N.C. Department of Transportation, said road crews are working to gets roads in better shape but are contending with continuing snowfall and temperatures in the lower 20s.

“We’re still working to get bare pavement exposed,” Thompson said.

The storm has not spared places that typically do not see wintry precipitation.

Up to 5 inches of snow fell in the Columbia area, and from 4 to 6 inches accumulated in the sandhills corridor from Florence to Fayetteville. Freezing rain also fell Monday morning in Charleston.

via Major winter storm could bring 6 to 9 inches to Charlotte area – CharlotteObserver.com.


Thank you, Dr. Bill Wood!

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First Presbyterian Church, end of an era, Dr. Bill Wood, followup:  Nice article in the local paper … but does show both sides of his legacy.

Members of First Presbyterian may have been saying goodbye to their spiritual leader of 27 years, but Charlotte was also witnessing the retirement of a minister who had long been a community leader.

Wood, 67, worked with business leaders – many of them Presbyterian – and other clergy to open centers for the city’s homeless. He filled his 2-block church campus with schools and programs for children. He commissioned a fresco of the Good Samaritan by artist Ben Long that has become an uptown landmark. And he chaired the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Library board when ImaginOn, the children’s library and theater, was built.

And in 2004, Wood made headlines with his quotable response to Mecklenburg County commissioner Bill James’ comment that urban blacks “live in a moral sewer.”

“There are a few moral sewers in south Charlotte as well,” Wood told the commissioners, referring to James’ district.

via Wood leaves legacy of growth, outreach at First Presbyterian – CharlotteObserver.com.

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