THE HORSE & BUGGY PRESS SPRING NEWSLETTER "fresh as a daisy and twice as tasty"
G R A N D O P E N I N G
H O R S E & B U G G Y P R E S S * A N D F R I E N D S *
Thursday, April 275–9PM
1 1 1 6 B R O A D S T R E E T. D U R H A M.
*Tom Merrigan will be playing the piano
(and God knows what else) out front from 6:30ish to 8ish*
We are up and running at our new home . . . and with a good-sized gallery and showroom filled with great work by over 20 artists and craftspeople from across the Southeast. (A list of artists, along with a few examples of their work can be found at the end of this newsletter, more will be joining in later in the year)
The opening celebration is Thursday, April 27 from 5 to 9pm
and is a come one/come all affair. Many of the artists will be here. Get dressed to the nines or come straight from your shift toiling in the salt mines wearing your grubby work clothes.
The royal 'we' is now an honest to goodness true 'we' as I have my first part-time employee. Jessina Leonard is helping me out, and this should allow for more publishing and card projects; maybe actually posting about work projects on the website and blog; and starting in May we will have official gallery hours—Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 3ish.)
Where did H&B end up? Mebane? Rougemont? that trailer park over in Hurdle Mills with the meth lab tucked in the back?
Nope, still in Durham. We are at 1116 Broad Street, in between Watts Grocery restaurant and Oval Park Grille. Lots of free parking (and bike racks), both on the street and in two parking lots on either side of the mid-century modernist building which was originally a grocery store back in the day. We are just up the block from Craven Allen Gallery/House of Frames, The Green Room Pool Hall, and Joe Van Gogh coffeehouse.
The new moniker, "Horse & Buggy Press — and Friends" refers both to the overall space (I'm subletting two artist studios), and to the 500 square foot gallery which will feature the work of craftspersons and artists in a wide range of media).
Much love, attention to detail, and a mix of high-end and repurposed materials has gone into the upfit of the space. Big thanks to the many tradespeople who worked here—especially problem solver Marc Smith who did the framing, trim carpentry, and much more. There are many special touches throughout including a grand entryway with double douglas fir doors with custom, analine-dyed casing and ipe threshold (the work of Bif Bream). The doors feature hand-forged pierced joinery door pulls and pushes byBen Galata (who also has work for sale in the gallery). Miles even helped by dimpling the copper backsplash.
The gallery includes museum quality furniture pieces/shelving displays built by Marc, as well as a 22 foot long walnut shelf topped knee wall just inside the bank of storefront windows, and a beautifully weathered steel slab that floats above the short wall separating the H&B printing studio from the gallery. A rich environment has been created to showcase a healthy mix of craft-based work in and around the wall-based fine art. Down the line, we will host artist talks, trunk shows, and sharing interesting design and history oriented projects by other friends from across the region. There is a bank of flat files with loose prints in the map-sized drawers by some of the photographers and painters to complement the framed work on the walls.
Beginning in June, we will have a monthly open house on the Second Thursday of each month from 5 to 8pm. We'll often have musicians, dancers, and/or performance artists busking on the front porch during these events.
Within the Horse & Buggy Press studio, after enjoying working on the Full Frame Documentary Festival Program guide again, I'm getting into three large new book and broadside projects which should all be completed this spring or summer. This includes a larger revised edition of Rob McDonald'sBirdhouses, and a dos e do book that will show off Christer Berg'sFabric of Raleighand Fabric of Durham portraits
This winter I worked as designer on The Brightest Rock, a great collection of poems by Kelly Lenox. Kelly will be reading at The Regulator on Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 as part of a fun book launch.
The opening exhibit at H&B and Friends features work by. . .
Mixed Media work by Phil Blank. Original for sale as well as giclee prints.
"Fishnet Vases" by John Geci.
Child Leaper, Looking Glass Falls, Brevard, NC 2015
By Bryce Lankard. From his Drawn to Water Series.
"Algorhythms." Enameled necklaces by Claire Ashby.
"Sleep." Wood engraving by John McWilliams.
This is one of the engravings included in the Sons & Father book that I designed as part of John's 2016 exhibition at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art in Charleston, South Carolina. The deluxe edition features handmade paper covers made, and dyed indigo, by Anne Marie Kennedy, which were then letterpress printed by H&B and worked into the hand-sewn binding. Editon of 200.
"The Alley." Example of fiber based work by Caitlin Cary.
Originals for sale in the gallery as well as giclee prints.
Detail of over the shoulder hollow binding from the H&B fine press book Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought. Photographs and Lyrical Prose by Courtney Fitzpatrick. This hand-sewn binding structure is fantastic for allowing the book to open perfectly flat, and with ease, since the spine and the book block are independent of another. Designed by Craig Jensen of Book Lab II. Executed by Craig on Maji Moto, I've been using this structure (and binder Jon Buller from Hendersonville, NC) on editions since (including the 2016 H&B book Journey: Photomontage by Catharine Carter)
Horse & Buggy Press — And Friends
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