Off Route Journals

The Lab at VAE April 7-27, 2017 Betsey Peters Rascoe, Mike Cindric, and Sam Cox A celebration of the unique people and landscapes of Eastern North Carolina. For a lot of people who live in the Piedmont, Charlotte, or back up in the mountains, the coastal plain of Eastern North Carolina is a broad flat

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interface | Ely Urbanski

Printmaker Ely Urbanski’s recent VAE show, interface, closed in late February, but the end of the show was only the beginning. The creative process that led to the interface exhibit began with Urbanski collecting well-worn clothes (and the emotional stories that often go with them) from friends, family, and previous exhibition visitors. Urbanski used them

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Learning from the Bees

VAE’s March installation features Bee Downtown’s honey bee hives. Founder Leigh-Kathryn Bonner comes from a long line of rural beekeepers. She decided to take her family trade and love for bees to the city. Bee Downtown started in 2014 with two beehives on a rooftop at the American Tobacco Campus and a clear storefront observatory

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Dreams Deferred

In his 1951 poem “Harlem,” Langston Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred?” Harlem by Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over- like a

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Gimme LOCAL Shoppe at VAE Raleigh

Each year VAE Raleigh provides local artists with an opportunity to take over The LAB space for two months. This year the launch artists and few special guests have created a shopping wonderland filled with free-range, locally-sourced, handmade wares by: Amy Draws Bird & Beau Chocolate Chippy Curtis Blake Leather Dave Greway Designs Elena Caron

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Separation & In Between

Collaboration is the theme for all the exhibitions at The Lab at VAE this year. But collaboration in art doesn’t always mean the hands-on work that artists might do together. Sometimes the collaboration is found in the materials an individual artist might work with. When Jan-Ru Wan left her family in Taiwan to study in

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THE LAB collaboration exhibition #1

Red Hat has sponsored THE LAB at VAE in Raleigh. VAE calls itself a creativity incubator, gallery, and artist hub. The theme for the year-long exhibition, which highlights a new artist or group of artists each month, is collaboration. This theme is a perfect fit for us as an open source and community-powered company. The

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