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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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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