Lifestyles: Columnists

Jul. 24, 2015 @ 02:48 PM

Blue Greenberg: Drawing is the skeleton over which artists learn their craft.

“Illustrious” will be at the Durham Art Guild, Durham Arts Council building, 120 Morris St., through Aug. 1. ... “Comin’ & Goin’: Debbie Crawford” will be at Golden Belt, Room 100, 807 E. Main St., through July 27.

Jul. 04, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

Blue Greenberg: Portraits of Durham at Power Plant Gallery

Since its beginnings less than 200 years ago, photography has been a democratic art form. Coming on the heels of the Industrial Revolution, once the process was realized, the inventors figured out a cheap way to take a picture, and so just about everyone could afford a camera. Each time the gurus upped the standards there were others who put the new ideas into a machine that was affordable.

Jun. 13, 2015 @ 03:45 PM

Blue Greenberg: Nurturing local artists at Alizarin

Upstairs on Main Street across from Hotel 21c is the newest art gallery in town: Alizarin (The name refers to the crimson paint color). The gallery has been in operation for a year and a half and has managed to entice successful artists from across the state and the Triangle to join them.

Jun. 06, 2015 @ 03:56 PM

Blue Greenberg: ‘Butterflies,’ ‘Bicycle Art’ in spotlight

Two exhibitions in the area are in venues at the opposite ends of art spaces. “Butterflies Are Free,” an exhibition of women photographers, is the feature at Light Art + Design, a high-end interior design company, and “Bicycle Art” is the main attraction at the Scrap Exchange’s Cameron Gallery.

May. 30, 2015 @ 03:52 PM

A studio visit with Alice Levinson

Visiting Alice Levinson in her studio was an adventure through the gorgeous farmland of Orange County. I had seen her several months ago at a museum event and she told me she had been invited to show her “cloth constructions” at the Florence Biennale this fall.

May. 23, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

People's Pharmacy: Does FDA care whether generics work?

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May. 16, 2015 @ 03:17 PM

Blue Greenberg: Refocusing the very idea of Western art

Less than six months ago the Ackland Art Museum acquired “box” by Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), one of a series of multiples he made over a period of some 20 years which contained reproductions of his work. Peter Nisbet, interim director and chief curator of the Ackland Art Museum, called it a “masterpiece” and added, “I don’t use those terms lightly.”

May. 09, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

Susie Wilde: Kate Mulgrew’s rich writing a success

I don’t generally have great expectations when celebrities of any stripe cross genres to write a book. I hold out some hope for actors and actresses whose understanding of characterization and pacing has the potential to show up in their writing.

May. 02, 2015 @ 03:06 PM

Blue Greenberg: In Ackland MFA show, visual art about ideas

The world of contemporary art is no longer just traditional paint on canvas and sculpture of marble and metal. It now includes videos, audio tapes, sculpture worked with cornstarch, and shards of paint and ceramics from yesterday’s art objects displayed like ancient archaeological finds.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:46 PM

People's Pharmacy: A 2nd look at advice on Cymbalta

Q. You blew it in your answer to a person who lost insurance and went off Cymbalta. You suggested ways to manage depression without medication. Would you suggest someone “manage” diabetes without medication?

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:45 PM

Susie Wilde: Love & war, A photographer’s life

In her memoir, “It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War” (Blackstone Audio, 9 hours), Lynsey Addario creates an immediate and horrifying snapshot of her life as a conflict photographer. It’s March 2011 in Ajdabiya, Libya. She and other colleagues ready themselves to capture images of a bombed out car “with human remains splattered all over the back seat.” She pans out, sets the scene succinctly by describing the beginning of Egyptian Spring,” the revolution that has become a war.”

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Vicki Wentz: The tale of The Seven Dwarfs ... and ‘two’ women

Once upon a time, there were seven little dwarfs who lived deep inside the busy metropolis of a woman’s healthy, active body. They were only seen on rare occasions until the woman was around 53 years old, but at that point there would be a giant eruption, like a volcano, deep inside this mega-city, which caused the dwarfs to emerge and become very rowdy and, eventually, out of control, driving most of the more orderly and desirable inhabitants of this bustling burg far, far away.

Apr. 25, 2015 @ 03:02 PM

Blue Greenberg on The Makery: Where art meets business

On my way to Kendal Draper’s show I ran into a group of women who are running a complex where art is made, art is sold, art is taught and a number of small business people share space in a large room called “Co-Working.” I was a day early for the artist who creates fiber works and functional wearables that are rooted in repetition and mimic structural forms in the natural world.

Apr. 18, 2015 @ 03:13 PM

Baumgartner Vaughan: Dixon’s memory lives on at Durham Tech

The memory of Antonio Dixon has a chance to live on beyond his family, friends and neighborhood kids. His mom is working to build a scholarship in his name for students at Durham Technical Community College.

Apr. 14, 2015 @ 08:36 PM

Blue Greenberg: By all measures, sculpture show a huge success

Downtown Durham has enjoyed outdoor sculpture placed at strategic locations for almost a year. Those who walk past them regularly may already feel they belong, and the occasional visitor, especially to the Durham Performing Arts Center or the American Tobacco complex has to believe these works of art indicate a city interested in the arts. The sculpture is all part of the Bull City Sculpture Show which opened in May 2014.