The Artist’s Eye Upon The Emerging Main Street Scene

Carrboro, N.C.

I’m always interested in watercolor sketches of architecture. I want you to see these prints of several familiar North Carolina cities that are available on Etsy. Soon enough Rocky Mount will warrant a poster. This is a call to our local artists to envision a future exhibit featuring our architecture. We could link the exhibit with a Main Street celebration of the Arts. I’m thinking a ticketed opening night fund raiser to pay for a wall mural or ?? and then we could have a ticketed lecture on the exhibit/preservation angle, and, and, and…..The exhibit itself would be free and available to the public, perhaps hung in several places. We have a robust and under appreciated art community that deserves to be recognized and have an opportunity to show off.

I have already written that Rocky Mount and entrepreneurs go together like Pooh Bear and honey. Here is a business we can appreciate: Papermill Creative is a Triangle NC-based creative startup owned by Lori (Durhamite) and Ashley (Carrboro-ite). “We’re two librarians who love the places we live in, and create art and gifts that celebrate the architecture and culture of North Carolina towns and beyond. Our watercolor designs are full of details, inviting the viewer in to explore the places we’re inspired by.”

In reading Main Street you know that I write about preserving, restoring and repurposing our architectural inventory. I’m interested in honoring the past while stressing the integral part our architecture plays in building a future. Wouldn’t you agree that our tendency is to stop ‘seeing’ or valuing the things we pass by everyday like a commercial building or an old house? These watercolor posters remind us of the beauty, history and uniqueness that each city needs to preserve, restore and save. I hope this art work will prompt you to think about the wonderful possibilities of a Rocky Mount Poster and a future exhibit.

Check the Etsy site to purchase these prints. Link is above in the article

Durham, N.C. marrying traditional brick warehouses with stylish art deco buildings.

Downtown Durham, NC

 

Downtown Raleigh, NC

Old West Durham

 

Chapel Hill, NC

Saxapahaw, NC

 

Hillsbourgh, N.C.

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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2 Responses to The Artist’s Eye Upon The Emerging Main Street Scene

  1. Eileen Dillon says:

    Have you ever seen the print of Rocky Mount that Marion Weathers did for the Chamber back in the late 90”s. I have one of the prints.

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