6 pm – 9 pm: New Artists; Fundraiser for The Peru Project
9 pm – Midnight: Shana Tucker Live at LabourLove After Hours hosted by The Art of Cool
Shana Tucker hosted by The Art of Cool Project, 9 pm – Midnight
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Postcard designed by LabourLove Collective artist FRANCO.
Date: October 21, 2011
Time: 9 pm – Midnight
Location: LabourLove Gallery, 807 E Main St, Building 2, Durham, NC 27701
Transcending genre distinctions, SHANA TUCKER is a “ChamberSoul” cellist and singer/songwriter from New York who’s set on blazing a trail for herself down in North Carolina. Her music is a sultry pastiche of acoustic pop and soulful, jazz-influenced contemporary folk. “It’s different, yet comfortably familiar…I love 80′s music and I’m a sucker for jazz. Many of the grooves have a bossa-nova/latin heartbeat, translated through percussive vocal phrasing. I can’t deny the classical training; it inspires my cello sensibilities…but I like the thump of walking blues & old-timey bass lines. It’s like a delicious coffee blend: bold and robust, with subtle undertones of bittersweet…and something you can’t quite place, but it’s still good!” she says with a smile.
Shana’s debut solo project, slated for an early 2011 release, outlines a musical journey that indeed celebrates the major influences of everyday life: relationship, laughter, love…loss, rediscovery, and the never-ending journey towards heightened levels of peace, understanding and self-acceptance and satisfaction. “The most important thing I want to take away from this process is a musical truth,” she explains. “If I effectively do my job as Artist, (genre) cohesion will come from the ties that bind these experiences.”
Shana’s music indeed speaks for itself through well-crafted lyrics, subtle, lingering melodies, and compositions that boast a unique, satisfying blend of humor and gravity. Tell somebody about it…this girl’s music is something worth sharing, worth keeping, worth hearing more of.
LabourLove Collective Welcomes New Artists, 6 pm – 9 pm
I was raised in Houston, Texas. I began writing in elementary school. After taking a screenwriting class in 2003, I realized my talent as a storyteller. While searching for an affordable (free) artist to do the cover art for my first book, frustration led me to be creative and design the cover myself. Since then my life has been one beautiful challenge after another and art has been my therapy.
As Monty Python famously put it, “And now for something completely different” probably best describes my decision to try painting after a long career representing universities in Washington, DC. Once discovered, the challenge, the surprise and the satisfaction of painting has kept me returning to the easel. Simply put, I paint because I love it.
Using acrylics, I work in a realistic style. Although I naturally tend to focus on detail, I have found that I prefer to paint in broader strokes both with the brush and the palette knife. I often paint seascapes and landscapes that reflect the extraordinary colors found in nature, which painting and its study have enhanced my ability to see. Cloud shapes, the movement of water and the subtle colors of snow continue to intrigue me and increasingly I am drawn to painting scenes with a misty/mysterious feeling that I feel take them beyond the actual images represented.
Since 2006, I have taken courses in drawing, Chinese brush painting, botanical watercolor and, more recently, acrylic painting.
I fell in love with painting around the end of my thirty-three year career with IBM. I now live the artist’s life.
Painting outside, en plein air, is where I draw my greatest inspiration. Plein air painting is one of the toughest ways to paint. Nature throws a lot of obstical and information my way. I don’t always come some with a keeper, but when I do, it makes me feel very satisfied.
I hope you enjoy my painterly style of painting.
Paintings that embody emotional nuances and the human experience
Durham artist, Ellie Edwards-Smith, enjoyed a career in financial management in NY and NC. Currently, she continues to take classes and make art full time. She works in oils, acrylics, and watercolor which gives freedom to choose the best medium to convey the subject. Her style is representational with impressionistic overtones. She strives to engage the viewer and promote discussion. Ellie has won awards including a Vermont Studio Center residency/grant, and juried exhibits with the Durham Art Guild and the Fine Arts League of Cary. She has had several North Carolina solo and group exhibits including the Cape Fear Studios and Rocky Mount National Juried Exhibits, Cary Gallery of Artists, Duke University Medical Center, Durham Art Guild, Durham County Attorney’s office, Durham Mayor’s office, ERUUF Gallery, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, UNC Women’s Hospital, and Galleries in Westchester County, New York.
The Peru Project, 6 pm – 9 pm
The Peru Project aims to promote literacy, education, and the arts for the children and their families of rural Huaripampa, in the Andes Mountains of Peru. By building this community center, we hope to inspire others to dream,whether it be those in Huaripampa or those closer to home.
A silent art auction at Labourlove Gallery during the Durham Third Friday Art Walk will be held to raise funds for this worthy casue! Please come out and bid on great works to help us ‘raise the roof!’ There will be art from many generous Triangle artists, including many from Labourlove Gallery and both co-founders, Renata and Kyla McConnell. You can preview the works on The Peru Project’s Facebook Page!
This a free event for all ages!