Intergalactic Soul

Jason Woodberry’s “Dark Matter”

Intergalactic Soul is an art exhibition that brings science fiction and social awareness together as one. The artwork explores a cosmic sci-fi theme that’s driven by social, political and cultural undertones. Imagination meets consciousness to create a show with a message for all to ponder, discuss and enjoy.

Marcus Kiser’s “Lasers Not Losers”

Intergalactic Soul art exhibition  is at the Harvey B. Gantt center of African-American Art in Charlotte, NC through Sept 27, 2015.

Intergalactic Soul is the visual work of artist Marcus Kiser & Jason Woodberry. Quentin Tally is the performance artist and narrator.

Marcus Kiser’s “Kosmic Kulture Krunch”

Marcus Kiser’s “Kosmic Kulture Krunch”

Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness


On Saturday, February 7th I attended the Family Opening for Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness at the Henry B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, NC.  Focused on colonialism and its impact on  black culture, the exhibit  features 19 artists who are national and international representatives of the African diaspora. Some of the artists featured include Jason Patterson and Bethany Collins. Within the exhibit are a variety of mediums, such as sculpture, performance art, collage and digital media. Full of thought-provoking and inspiring artworks, it is a must-see for all that can attend.

My personal favorite was the collaboration between Heather Hart and André D. Singleton, which allowed for personal introspection and participation in an activated space in the galleries. Sharing my wish was a powerful and moving experience.

Open through June 26th  the exhibit provides a breadth of work that allows you to examine the societal impact of colonialism on how black culture is viewed and defined.

METRO Show 2014

Last week I attended the opening for METRO Show 2014, which is an art fair that displays work from galleries whose work mainly focuses on American folk art, pre colonization art (labeled by some galleries as indigenous art), and the decorative arts. While I would love to see a more diverse perspective and collection of artists and images present within the fair, I do have some highlights I would love to share with you all.

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Bill Rauhauser, Woman on Bus, #4/7 C. 1955-1960, Pigment print, archival paper, Hill Gallery.


Bill Rauhauser, Young Woman at Lamp Post, #3/7 C. 1960s, Pigment print, archival paper, Hill Gallery.


Romare Bearden, Sunrise-The China Lamp, 1985. Collage on Board. Jerald Melberg Gallery.


Romare Bearden, Ulysses, 1940. Ink, watercolor, and gouache on paper. Jerald Melberg Gallery.


Romare Bearden, Untitled, C. 1966-70. Collage mounted on panel. Jerald Melberg Gallery.


Left: Robert Motherwell, Open Forms (from the Joyce Sketchbook), 1985. Ink and China Marker on Paper. Jerald Melberg Gallery.
Right: Robert Motherwell, Untitled (from the Joyce Sketchbook), 1985. Ink and China Marker on Paper. Jerald Melberg Gallery.


Robert Motherwell, Untitled (from the Joyce Sketchbook), 1985. Ink and China Marker on Paper. Jerald Melberg Gallery.


Wren Wilson: Connected and Inspiring

Wren Wilson is an entrepreneur, artist, designer, master gardener, and pet professional whose passion, talent and commitment to community centers her work and inspires those around her, like me. It was a pleasure to talk with her one evening this Fall and learn more about her connection and inspiration to the community that surrounds her in Winston, Salem, NC.


I believe in actively trying to be a part of the community and am philosophically connected to intentionally and mindfully making a positive difference in the world. Through opportunities like my work with Imagination Installations, the Master Gardeners program, and canine rescue organizations, I feel that I am able to improve things.

My artwork as well as my volunteerism forms a symbiotic relationship with the place that I live. Symbiosis is the scientific term for “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Few things feel better than the notion that you might be improving lives through your actions.

My entire livelihood is connected to work in the community. Through word of mouth largely derived from volunteer activities, I continue to be successful in my goals and gain new clients and projects.

That is not to say I go out expecting people will do things for me. There’s a difference between pure-self interest and synergy/symbiosis. It’s all about mutual benefit.

Imagination Installations’ mission is to have people connect to their dreams, to each other, and help people move towards making those dreams a reality. We do this through public art installations, creative activities, and concretely inviting them to share their dreams within our installations. Some of our pieces are as simple as a wall filled with rectangular sheets of paper asking the audience to “Imagine When” their dreams come true and the wall becomes filled with their individual hopes for the future. Others are more elaborate or guerilla-inspired, like a “Dream Journal” that we’ve been leaving in a special mosaic vessel in public places or the current project we’re working on leaving giant doors around town and painting them with chalk-board paint and inviting people to write on them. We even have a billboard spot that shares people’s dreams now!

These days I’m still following the idea that inspired my senior thesis in college that just by existing you are changing the world in one way or another and it’s better to intentionally have a positive impact!

The installation “Imagine When… Winston” just left the New Winston Museum to make way for a new exhibit (which Wren Wilson designed the panels for!), and Imagination Installations is searching around for another venue to show “Imagine When… Winston”.

Links are below:

  • Here is a link to Wren Wilson’s website.
  •  Here is the link to Imagination Installations’ website.
  • Here is the link to Imagination Installations’ lead volunteer Dr. Cyndi Briggs’ TedX talk.
  • Here is the link to an article which ran in the paper on the installation “Imagine When… Winston”- it also includes a video interview from Wren Wilson.
  • Here is a ton of Facebook photos of the installation “Imagine When… Winston” and the opening of the show.
  • Here is a longer article from Imagination Installations which includes information about the project, including the second section from the bottom which Wren Wilson wrote for the signage that went with the installation. The blog post also includes some linked videos of the kids who wrote the pieces talking about their motivations with the project.
  • BONUS: here is Wren Wilson’s podcast with Dr. Briggs in which she discusses her financial philosophy as a young creative doing what she loves.

Sutton Initiative for Design Education (SIDE)


In the Spring of 2012, Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, NC opened the Sutton Initiative for Design Education (SIDE) named in honor of Salem Academy alumna Martha Allene Stevens Sutton A’71. SIDE includes donations of 900 books of furniture, architecture, design, history and interiors to Salem’s design research library that is one of the most impressive of its kind outside of Bienestock collection in High Point. The book collection is available for students at Salem’s Gramley library. In addition, SIDE has a program comprised of three components: collaboration, scholarship and research.

With a donation by the Suttons of nearly 40 chairs considered “icons” by furniture historians the Chair Library is the only one of its kind amongst colleges or universities in the United States of America.  Students will use the chairs for the inspiration and research they bring due to their unique design, materials and technology, innovation and creativity.

SIDE and the Chair Library were made possible through the generous support of Charles Sutton, Emily and Will Parsley, Marshall Sutton, David Sutton, Mrs. Allene B. Stevens, Mr. Paul Broyhill and the Broyhill Family Foundation and Mr. David B. Rea.

Click here for more images from the SIDE Chair Library:

Below you will find a sample of some of the chairs I found during my visit:


Sutton Initiative for Design Education (SIDE). Salem College. 2013. Photo by Erin Hylton


Sutton Initiative for Design Education (SIDE). Salem College. 2013. Photo by Erin Hylton