The ArtsCenter Photoblog

October 15, 2009

Photonight LIII


Photonight is tonight! 7:30 in Carroll Hall 33. The speaker tonight has been Director of Photography at National Geographic and Multimedia Editor at The Washington Post. I’m excited.

Below is the message from my professor about tonight with more info.

–Lisa

We are very pleased to announce Tom Kennedy will be our guest for PhotoNight LIII, Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7:30-9:00p.m. in Carroll Hall, room 33. Please note that due to Tom’s availability next week this is a departure from our usual schedule. It will be well worth it!

Tom Kennedy is an internationally-known visual journalist with extensive experience in print and online journalism, including positions as Managing Editor for Multimedia at The Washington Post and Director of Photography for the National Geographic Magazine. He has created, directed, and edited visual journalism projects that have earned Pulitzer Prizes, as well as EMMY, Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards.

“Tom Kennedy is a visionary and true pioneer of multimedia storytelling. His work is an inspiration to the profession and his commitment to the craft of visual journalism is unrivaled.” ~Brian Storm , President & Founder, MediaStorm

Join us to hear one of the truly rare thinkers in our business.

PhotoNight is free and open to the public. This announcement will also be available on http://www.carolinaphotojournalism.org

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October 14, 2009

Link Wednesday IV

Filed under: links — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 7:15 pm

Today’s link is the portfolio of Streeter Lecka, who graduated from UNC’s journalism school not too long ago, got an internship with Getty Images, went $15,000 into debt to buy sports gear, and ended up being a really fantastic sports shooter.

He’s based out of Charlotte now and shoots a lot of car racing, but he’s done a bit of everything in the sports world. Check it out!

–Lisa

 

I’ve decided to get in on this link thing to. Last summer several UNC journalism students spent six weeks in the Galapogos, exploring the islands and documenting life there. Their final projects are multimedia presentations. The website just went live last night.

October 13, 2009

Portrait Painting 2!

Filed under: Classes — Tags: , , — Lyndsay Booth @ 1:04 am

Here is an update on the portrait painting class held Monday’s at the ArtsCenter. These photos are taken two weeks after the first set. The students have made a lot of progress on their paintings in only two classes. Some are even finishing with one portrait and will move on to another interpretation. The model remains the same throughout the entire class.

A student adds his own interpretation of color to his portrait.

A student adds his own interpretation of color to his portrait.

A sampling of the tools the artists use. The triangle shaped instrument is used for mixing colors.

A sampling of the tools the artists use. The triangle shaped instrument is used for mixing colors.

Students concentrate on their portrait.

Students concentrate on their portraits.

A student mixes colors to attempt to match the model's skin tone.

A student mixes colors to attempt to match the model's skin tone.

A color palette

A color palette

Two different interpretations of the same person.

Two different interpretations of the same person.

A student adds layers to his painting.

A student adds layers to his painting.

Students get a close up look at the model's face during one of her breaks.

Students get a close up look at the model's face during one of her breaks.

October 11, 2009

PlaySlam!

Filed under: Theater — Tags: , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 5:27 pm

The 7th annual PlaySlam! short play competition was tonight. Nineteen short plays less than three minutes long were performed, and the audience voted for its favorites. The audience picked A Commitment in Ink” as its winner, and its playwright won $100!

Below are shots of the shows and performers–I was at work and missed the first couple plays, so they start with “Hey, Audition!” if you’re following along at home.

–Lisa

"Hey, Audition!"

"Hey, Audition!"

"The Puzzle," about a man who uses a crossword puzzle to tell his wife he wants a divorce--right before she does the same thing with the front page of the newspaper.

"The Puzzle," about a man who uses a crossword puzzle to tell his wife he wants a divorce--right before she does the same thing with the front page of the newspaper.

"Undying Love," about a man whose wife annoys him even after death!

"Undying Love," about a man whose wife annoys him even after death!

"Of Hides and Hair," about a woman and her cats.

"Of Hides and Hair," about a woman and her cats.

"Kleptomania," about a woman who discovers her husband is a kleptomaniac.

"Kleptomania," about a woman who discovers her husband is a kleptomaniac.

"A Tisket/A Casket" about guilt at a funeral.

"A Tisket/A Casket" about guilt at a funeral.

"Enhance Now--Pay Later," about a woman cheering up her friend, whose daughter is having a boob job.

"Enhance Now--Pay Later," about a woman cheering up her friend, whose daughter is having a boob job.

"Bartering--The New Economy," about the "new" system of paying for things in the future, by bartering things like toasters, tennis rackets and stuffed roosters.

"Bartering--The New Economy," about the "new" system of paying for things in the future, by bartering things like toasters, tennis rackets and stuffed roosters.

"Girl's Night," about women at a restaurant talking about sex.

"Girl's Night," about women at a restaurant talking about sex.

"Late Show with Brashko Vedev," about an eastern European edition of the Late Show.

"Late Show with Brashko Vedev," about an eastern European edition of the Late Show.

"Flying the Junkyard." I forget what this one was about!

"Flying the Junkyard." I forget what this one was about!

"Conversation," about the last human conversation on Earth between two gas station workers after a nuclear bomb destroys the world.

"Conversation," about the last human conversation on Earth between two gas station workers after a nuclear bomb destroys the world.

"A Commitment in Ink," the winning play, about a tattoo artist questioning a man's decision to get a tattoo of his girlfriend's name because of his own experience.

"A Commitment in Ink," the winning play, about a tattoo artist questioning a man's decision to get a tattoo of his girlfriend's name because of his own experience.

"The Funny-izer," about a woman's obsession with her iPhone application that can make anything funny.

"The Funny-izer," about a woman's obsession with her iPhone application that can make anything funny.

"R-E-S-P-E-C-T." I don't remember what this one was about either.

"R-E-S-P-E-C-T." I don't remember what this one was about either.

"Beauty Pageant," about two strange beauty pageant contestants.

"Beauty Pageant," about two strange beauty pageant contestants.

The playwrights answer audience questions after the performances.

The playwrights answer audience questions after the performances.

Emily Ranii, artistic director of the ArtsCenter stage, presents the winning playwright with the $100 prize.

Emily Ranii, artistic director of the ArtsCenter stage, presents the winning playwright with the $100 prize.

The winning playwright reacts to being picked as the audience's favorite.

The winning playwright reacts to being picked as the audience's favorite.

October 8, 2009

The Cowboy Junkies

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 10:39 pm

The Cowboy Junkies came all the way from Canada to play their alt rock at the ArtsCenter, with Lee Harvey Osmond opening. The best part of the show? They’re playing again tomorrow night. Tickets are $32, get them here!

I had to miss Lee Harvey Osmond, but here are some shots from the Cowboy Junkies–including some from backstage!

–Lisa

Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies audience

Cowboy Junkies audience

Cowboy Junkies bass pegs

Cowboy Junkies bass pegs

Cowboy Junkies drums

Cowboy Junkies drums from backstage

Cowboy Junkies soundboard from backstage

Cowboy Junkies soundboard from backstage

Cowboy Junkies piles of stuff backstage

Cowboy Junkies piles of stuff backstage

October 7, 2009

Interesting Link Wednesday III part I

Filed under: links, Not ArtsCenter-related — Lisa Pepin @ 3:37 pm

Fashion photographer Irving Penn died today. He was 92.

The New York Times wrote a great article about him and has a slideshow of some of his amazing portraits of famous subjects, including Truman Capote, Pablo Picasso and Simone de Beauvoir.

I can’t say I knew much about Penn before today, but his work is teaching me a lot about portraits!

Check back later for a link from Lyndsay.

–Lisa

October 6, 2009

Festifall!

Filed under: ArtSchool, Kids, Outside, Preview — Tags: , , , , , — Lyndsay Booth @ 1:02 am

Last Sunday afternoon, the town of Chapel Hill held its 37th annual Festifall as a celebration of local art. Held downtown, Festifall showcased more than 100 exhibitors and featured art from over 75 artists from all over the state. And the ArtsCenter was part of it! We had not one, but two booths. Festifall visitors could color a leaf, make a clay animal, or have a portrait drawn. Check out some photos of our staff and visitors.

On another note, new executive director Ed Camp will be holding a few meet and greets in the coming weeks, so come out, get to know him, and share some of your ideas for the ArtsCenter. The times and dates for the meet and greets are:

Oct 7 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the ArtsCenter

Oct 11 4pm-6pm at the ArtsCenter

Oct 29 5:30pm-7:30pm at Jesse Kallisher Studio across the street

Nov 13 6pm-9pm at the ArtsCenter

A young Festifall visitor pauses in her coloring to pose for a picture. When asked what her favorite thing about coloring was she replied, "the color orange."

A young Festifall visitor pauses in her coloring to pose for a picture. When asked what her favorite thing about coloring was she replied, "the color orange."

New Executive Director Ed Camp answers questions about the ArtsCenter for someone new to the area.

New executive director Ed Camp answers questions about the ArtsCenter for someone new to the area.

A young boy adds final touches to his goblet.

A young boy adds final touches to his goblet.

Staff member Natalie hangs a leaf colored by one of the booth's visitors.

Staff member Natalie hangs a leaf colored by one of the booth's visitors.

Girls stand in line to get their portrait drawn.

Girls stand in line to get their portrait drawn.

A not so fury friend dries before his new owner takes him home.

A not so furry friend dries before his new owner takes him home.

A young girl colors at ArtsCenter's booth.

A young girl colors at ArtsCenter's booth.

Staff member Jason adds some details to a creation while a goblet dries in the sun.

Staff member Jason adds some details to a creation while a goblet dries in the sun.

Mosaic tiles made by kids at the Artscenter's festifall booth about to be bisque fired at the Artscenter studio. They will next be glazed in preparation for eventual display at the Artscenter.

Mosaic tiles made by kids at the Artscenter's festifall booth about to be bisque fired at the Artscenter studio. They will next be glazed in preparation for eventual display at the Artscenter. (Photo by Jason Abide)

October 4, 2009

Iguanas Concert

Filed under: Music — Tags: , , , — Lyndsay Booth @ 9:43 am

The Iguanas started of their show at the ArtsCenter on Saturday with some age old advice. “If it doesn’t work, check to make sure it’s plugged in first.” After clearing up at a mishap involving an amplifier chord, the Iguanas got down to business and delivered two sets roots rock for a dancing crowd. Hailing from New Orleans, the Iguanas consist of Joe Cabral, Doug Garrison, Rod Hodges, and Rene Coman. They also added a special guest to their line up, Rob, on the saxaphone.
The stage is set for The Iguanas concert.

The stage is set for The Iguanas concert.

A member of the Iguanas plays guitar and adds some backing vocals to a song during The Iguanas concert.

A member of the Iguanas plays guitar and adds some backing vocals to a song during The Iguanas concert.

A guest artist joins the Iguanas line up to add some extra saxaphone to the show.

A guest artist joins the Iguanas line up to add some extra saxaphone to the show.

The Iguanas.

The Iguanas.

The lead guitarist of the Iguanas sings during their concert.

The lead guitarist of the Iguanas sings during their concert.

A guitar, a base guitar, and a saxaphone combined to produce some New Orleans roots rock.

A guitar, a base guitar, and a saxaphone combined to produce some New Orleans roots rock.

Rob is a multi instrument musician.

A multi instrument musician.

October 2, 2009

International Festival


The International Festival in Raleigh is this weekend! It started today and goes through Sunday. There’s dancing, music, kids’ activities and food from all around the world. Adult tickets are $6, kids 12 and under are free. It’s at the new Convention Center in Raleigh (500 South Salisbury St.). I’m shooting it for the festival, here are some shots!

–Lisa

The International Festival, in its 24th year, is in its second year in the ballroom of the Convention Center.

The International Festival, in its 24th year, is in its second year in the ballroom of the Convention Center.

A festival-goer shows her love for face paint and pirates.

A festival-goer shows her love for face paint and pirates.

Marionette dolls hang for sale at the Mexican booth.

Marionette dolls hang for sale at the Mexican booth.

A woman writes a festival-goer's name in Chinese at the Chinese booth.

A woman writes a festival-goer's name in Chinese at the Chinese booth.

Sir Walter Raleigh sports a spiffy new hat and cape for the International Festival.

Sir Walter Raleigh sports a spiffy new hat and cape for the International Festival.

October 1, 2009

ArtSchool Class: Bollywood Dance

Filed under: ArtSchool — Tags: , , , , — Lisa Pepin @ 8:15 pm

Dina C. Fifadra teaches Bollywood Dance on Thursdays at the ArtsCenter. Bollywood dance, named for the prolific Indian movie industry, combines the styles of classical Indian dance, belly dancing and hip-hop with a little bit of mystique and a lot of great music.

The next section of the class meets Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m., Oct. 29 to Dec. 10. Sign up here.

Below are photos!
–Lisa

Students learn the moves to a new dance.

Students learn the moves to a new dance.

A student practices her bollywood dance moves.

A student practices her bollywood dance moves.

Fifadra shows the class the dance for a new, faster song.

Fifadra shows the class the dance for a new, faster song.

Two students practice the hand movements that go along with the new dance.

Two students practice the hand movements that go along with the new dance.

Students practice last Thursday's dance before jumping into the new one.

Students practice last Thursday's dance before jumping into the new one.

Fifadra shows the class how to do motions of a dance.

Fifadra shows the class how to do motions of a dance.

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