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06 | Letter from the Publisher 07 | Cover Story - Cheryl Ann Lipstreu Celebrating Women, Beauty, and the Representation of Women's Body Art 14 | River Run Movie Replay - Far Marfa Generation X, the Wild, Wild West and Lowered Expectations 18 | Short Story - The Weeping Wishing Well 20 | Feature Story - Low Wages, Free Beer, and the Search for Soul Salvation...Part 3 The Fever 26 | UNC-SA News - UNCSA ALUMNI WORKING ON FILM IN CHARLOTTE - Five Film graduates and one high school Drama graduate are on location of CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR 27 | UNC-SA News - Nancy and Paul Gwyn Recieve UNCSA'S Giannini Society Award 28 | Cigar & Spirits - Tatuaje Black: The Champ is Here 30 | Art Scene - Artworks Gallery Presents a Two-person Exhibit of Book Sculptures by Mary Blackwell-Chapman, and Mixed Media Maintings by Betti PettinatiLonginotti WSARTSMAG.COM
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happier and we owe it all to you. It’s been such a short time for us but we’ve learned so many lessons as a start-up business in the art and publishing industries. WS Arts Magazine is here to chronicle the ever exploding interest in local art. As the definition of “Winston Art” itself gradually evolves, we will be there to guide thousands of faithful readers to the best Winston has to offer. Above all else, quality artwork and lifestyle always has been—and always will be—our strongest guiding principle. What better way to lead off this issue then by featuring a local artist who I didn’t even know that I knew….until I knew her
Cheryl Ann Lipstreu
again. Cheryl Ann Lipstreu, like the publisher of this magazine, is a Carver High School Yellowjacket. We made the connection one evening with a mutual friend at 6th and Vine during the obligatory “where are you from, what high school did you go to” conversation that inevitably pops up in our generation. When she told me she was from Belews Creek and went to high school in Winston-Salem, I had to ask her: You’re not a Carver Kid, are you? Not only was it so, but we found that we were in school at the same time. I was a senior when she was a freshmen. She immediately remembered that we had a fantastic basketball team her freshman year (in my opinion, one of the best in the recent history of the City. There are four players from that team who by all rights should end up in the Winston-Salem Sports Hall of Fame). She thought I was a pretty good player. Instant cover story for my new friend. Besides having great high school pedigree, Cheryl Ann is brilliant in her work and one of Winston’s true arts stars. Study her work in the next few pages. Witness a home grown talent on the rise. All in the arts, Ed PAGE 6
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What does it take to be an artist? Drive, passion, determination? What does it take for an artist to be personally satisfied with their career, success, opportunities and business? For Cheryl Ann Lipstreu it took an ultimate belief in her talents, abilities, and the sheer determination to continue to create against all odds. WSARTSMAG.COM
t a very young age Cheryl Ann began drawing. When she was introduced to oil paint at age ten she fell in love with painting and the creation of art.
She has since continued painting as both a lifelong passion and a professional career. After graduating from Carver High School she earned art degrees from Guilford Technical Community College, Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, and the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas in Asheville, NC. She has completed private apprenticeships with master painters both domestically and abroad: Senor Javier Pamplona in Madrid, Spain. Master Fresco painters Mr. Ben Long IV and Mr. Roger Nelson of the Fine Arts League of the Carolinas. Workshops and private lessons from professional artists Mr. John Cosby, Mr. Nick Bragg, and Mr. Tony Griffin. Her lessons didn’t end in apprenticeship studios. “I've traveled to many parts of the world in pursuit of my art dreams, training, and painting challenges,” commented Cheryl. “I've painted on the cliffs of Hawaii facing the Pacific Ocean with winds so fierce they literally blew the paint off my palette. I’ve painted in a serene palace setting in the heart of Seoul, Korea. Our own United States has offered equally wonderful opportunities to create from California to North Carolina, and everywhere in between.” To be a traveling artist was always a dream of Cheryl’s. She sought to embrace not only the art world around her, but the amazing art worlds and adventures to be found globally. Not too bad for a girl from Belews Creek. Having lived that dream, she now feels it’s time for a new focus: expanding and exploring representations of the female body and helping working artists survive and thrive in a supportive arts district. Cheryl Ann has decided to locate her art career and focus her efforts in the City of the Arts. “City of the PAGE 10
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Arts is such an appropriate name for Winston-Salem. It makes perfect sense to embrace the next stage of my arts vision here.” While looking in the downtown area for a working studio space, she discovered that it was extremely difficult to find appropriate areas where there was proper ventilation, flooring, and lighting in which to create. Finding such a venue with optimal gallery space in which to showcase her art was equally daunting. During her hunt she discovered that most area artists where having the same issue. “Through my own personal need and my life-long passion and commitment to art, I decided to build a thriving Artist Collective Community to further enhance the cultural and artistic diversity of my city,” commented Lipstreu. “Utilizing my creative abilities, I founded and developed the Winston-Salem Artists Collective (WSAC). This is a group of eclectic artists coming together in the community to work, display, discuss, promote, market, and feature their art with other artists and their patrons.” The WSAC is for individual artists who need adequate work spaces combined with a gallery to display and market their art all in the same setting. The Collective offers artists a unique chance to have working studios, gallery and community in one dynamic location featured in the heart of the downtown Winston Arts District. “Since there will be many artists concentrated in one area, the opportunities for learning, working, and growing to expand their talents and feature their products will be limitless,” noted Cheryl Ann. A center for events, classes, workshops, and private instruction can be taught with quest professionals. The center will welcome traveling artists. “Winston-Salem can only be deserving of the title “City of Arts” if we embrace the talents and careers of our local artists”. Lipstreu continued, “We must provide them with appropriate working spaces to create their work which, WSARTSMAG.COM
in turn, assists in the enhancement of their careers and the enhancement of the entire City.” It is true: working artists sell their works and in turn become contributing members of the community creating a sustainable economic development. Ms. Lipstreu is under no delusion as to the enormity of this task and the private partnerships that will need to be created. “We will naturally join with many downtown business owners in the creation of this dynamic and sustainable economic development. The downtown Arts district boasts many bars, restaurants and shops. While this is very exciting,” she continued, “if the district continues on this path it will not be a true Arts District at all. The rents and fees in the area will push many hardworking local artists out.” Her fear is not unsubstantiated. This trend is already happening in places like Richmond, Asheville, and other midsize to small cities that once boasted of their love and appreciation of the Arts. “It is simply not feasible for an artist of any caliber to compete with the rent prices of a restaurant.
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We must facilitate a dialogue and proactive cooperation with the City, building owners, developers and contractors to make sure that Winston's Arts District is a vibrant and functioning area for the actual Artists. We want this area to be more than a name with a few shops that sell "crafts" and a few galleries who, in the long run, cannot keep up with the always climbing and threatening rents.” Cheryl Ann’s vision is to help redefine a new era of Art appreciation not only in our community but, possibly, throughout the modern art world. “A true renaissance and revival of the culture of the arts is happening right now in the hearts and minds of the great artists who live here, “commented Ms. Lipstreu. “We must embrace it if we are to be true to our roots in arts and innovation.” Do you own or have you ever wished to own a piece of Original Art in your home? You may see Ms. Lipstreu’s work on Friday June 7th at the Ember Gallery during the monthly gallery hop in downtown Winston-Salem. n
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Far Marfa ~ Generation X, the Wild, Wild West and Lowered Expectations By Chad Nance
n Cory Van Dyke’s new film, Far Marfa, the writer/director takes audiences on an amiable stroll through the angst and demished expectations of Generation X nearing mid-life while he introduces us to a cast of characters likely recognizable to fans of the early work of the Cohen Brothers and Harold Ramis. Far Marfa is essentially a slob comedy in the vein of The Big Lebowski or Fletch, minus the sometimes cruel aggression of Chevy Chase and the dimwitted squalor of The Dude. Shot with a painter’s eye and existing in an isolated Texas community that somewhere along the way made a hard turn from the Wild west into the Wild Weird, Far Marfa is a small treasure of a film that entertains, amuses, and in the end offers up a measured spoonful of hope to go along with the rather grim realities of the early 21st Century. johnny sneed
The star of the film, actor Johnny Sneed, inhabits the character of erstwhile music producer Carter Fraizer with a hangdog expression and sometimes twitchy physicality that suggest a man who struggles mightily just to keep his it together…and often can’t. Much of Sneed’s soulful performance is in his eyes. Carter Fraizer’s eyes seem to look out at the world with the casual doom of a born loser and the desperation of a secret optimist. While facing his seeming systematic misfortune with Charlie Brown-like self-pity, Frazier also keeps an eye out for the dimmest sliver of opportunity. At the beginning of Carter’s story he looks to hot young blondes as the “anchor” on which he will build a “successful” life and by the end of the film he has come to realize that “success” is not about chicks or money. In fact, the destination may be pointless – it is the journey and the struggle that hold value and meaning. Far Marfa’s narrative is deceptively laconic. Van Dyke has done a delicate balancing act of tone and story-telling in a film that is edited so tightly that I imagine there is a hard-drive somewhere in Texas that holds many of Van Dyke’s babies whom he sacrificed for the good of a story that never gets in the way of its characters or twists them up in knots in an attempt to make some deep statement about the state of modern life. Those points, however, are made with subtly and grace. The search for a piece of a rare, misplaced art is simply the bones on which Van Dyke builds flesh and blood human beings that amuse, frighten, and anger audiences in equal measure. The pay-off with the painting at the end of the film comes in a single shot that shares resonance with the last shot of Mike Nichol’s The Graduate, by way of Citizen Kane. Another moment in the film echoes The Graduate as well, when two momentary lovers take time to look away and let the audience in on their apprehensions about how and why human beings tend to cling to one another in ways that often cause as much pain as they WS ARTS MAGAZINE
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do pleasure. Marfa, itself, is a character in the film. The vast scrub land will be familiar to film audiences who are fans of No Country for Old Men, There Will be Blood, and George Steven’s legendary Giant. Not satisfied to merely trot the camera out at magic hour and score some easy production value, Van Dyke also shows us a shabby, re-purposed community where Americans are hard at work building a new future on the crumbling bricks, sheet metal, and Formica of the past. Far Marfa’s production design does not have the same studied preciousness of David Lynch or Harmonie Korine, though. Marfa feels real, lived in, and not overly designed or thought about. If you have spent any time traveling in the American Southwest, Marfa will remind you of small towns turned artist communities like Bisbee, Arizona and Madrid, New Mexico. Marfa is a real, breathing, and pulsing community full of characters that not only feel like human beings, but also stand in for some 21st Century American archetypes. Among these characters are two Baby Boomers. One looks back on his past artistic passions with regret and existential angst and a second who has not only turned from true art to fully embrace mammon, but also holds onto his financial/ social position with the greedy petulance of a man afraid that everyone around him will figure out that he is really full of sheep dip. It is these characters that Van Dyke uses to both entertain and amiably make his points as a story-teller. Carter Fraizer is a character who continues to live off of an album he produced years ago. Like many in Generation X he also has to have help from his parents. He exists in a world of lowered expectations where past glories are fleeting and so WSARTSMAG.COM
far away that their light has grown dim and almost ceased to exist all together. There are hints at Carter’s former life in the tattered posters on his wall and the occasional drum stick that the filmmakers occasionally placed into the background of the frame as a subtle reminder. Douglas, as the heavy, is a former rebel, an artist who ran in the social circle of a legendary but now dead artist who burned bright then burned out. Douglas is the Baby Boomer survivor who somehow managed to find a way to exist in the Clinton/Bush Era, but lost his soul in the process. Forgetting that he once honored and revered true artistic passion, Douglas now only honors and reveres aggressive avarice. The good die young and the bad just keep on existing by feeding off of the creativity and intellect around them while producing little of their own. In the end Van Dyke’s wonderful gem of a movie comes down to one idea… work, specifically working with your hands to make or create something tangible. Several characters make references to physical labor being a way to tap the soul back into life by becoming an active participant rather than an observer. It is a rebooted American Dream from a generation who had many of their opportunities squandered by the generation before. The end of this new journey may not be the glories of financial riches, but the satisfaction of a job well done and the knowledge that even if you never sell much, that is still better than selling out. n
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The Weeping Wishing Well By: Sherry Brown-Lawless
as millie sloWly turned doWn the long gravel driveWay that lead to her parentâ€™s beach house, her mind raced With memories from her youth. she had alWays loved spending her summers here in the outer banks. oak island had managed to remain free of all of the usual tourist traps that stretched up and doWn north and south carolinaâ€™s coasts. the salty brisk smell of the ocean Was intoXicating. millie took a deep breath before stepping out of the car.
he house was amazing. It was a perfectly restored Victorian home built in 1897 and faced the ocean. A smaller enclosed area next to it contained a beautiful garden of fragrant herbs and stunning flowers. Millie’s favorite had always been the koi reflecting pond. She referred to it as her “Weeping Wishing Pond”. The boards creaked as she walked up the stairs to the porch. Not all that unusual for such an old house. The house had a magnificent wrap around porch, complete with a porch swing and walkway down to the beach. The front door stood over nine feet with colorful stained glass and dark mahogany wood. The house itself was white with touches of the dark Mahogany on it’s trim. Millie opened the door and stepped inside. It was exactly the way she had remembered it. Except for now, every piece of furniture had white sheets draped over them. Millie knew her parent’s estate lawyers probably had covered everything right after their death. She clenched her fist then closed her eyes when she thought about it. She missed them so much. They both had died in a horrible automobile accident when another driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. They were hit head on and killed instantly. The house had been left to her as part of her parent’s estate. She wiped the tears away and started pulling the sheets off the furniture. Immediately, she felt like she was being watched, but she knew no one was there. After she brought the first floor of the house “back to life”, she opened a bottle of white wine to celebrate. Even though it was late March, PAGE 18
there still was a chill in the air. Millie fidgeted with the gas logs trying to get them turned on, but she had no luck. She was expecting her husband Jason to call at any minute to tell her when he would be there with their two daughters. Just as she had walked out of the living room, the gas logs roared on. Millie froze. She rationalized to herself that she must have forgotten to turn the gas off. The ringing of the phone brought her attention back. It was Jason. He was only about 30 minutes away. He had stopped to get their daughters something to eat. He said, “I love you and I will see you shortly”. Millie raced up the winding wood staircase. She had just enough time to get the bedrooms ready for her daughters. Both bedrooms faced the ocean and had a bathroom that connected them to each other. Millie loved these two rooms not only for the view, but because of the light airy feeling they gave off. Soft pastels colors decorated the rooms, and fluffy pillows accented the window seats. It was every little girls dream bedroom. All of sudden, Millie heard the huge wind chimes downstairs blowing. She looked out the window to see there was a bad thunder storm brewing out over the ocean. She did not have time to worry about the storm because just then the voices of her daughter echoed through the house. “Mommy”, they both shouted in unison. Millie smiled, then turned to go downstairs. Just as she was about to take her first step, she saw a shadow out of the corner of her eye. When she turned to look, nothing was there. “That is weird”, she thought. She was so glad to have Jason and her girls finally here. She WS ARTS MAGAZINE
threw her arms around Emma and Brynn and kissed them all over. Eventually, the kisses turned into tickles as she let the girls go explore the house. Her attention then turned to her handsome husband standing in the doorway. Jason was tall and muscular with soft blonde hair. He was her college sweetheart and she still fell more in love with him every time she saw him. He scooped her up and kissed her sweetly on the lips. “Nice job babe”, he said as he smiled coyly at her. Millie went to pour him a glass of wine as he brought in the rest of their bags. Jason knew Millie was still in a very fragile state since her parent’s death. Millie was an only child. Her parents had been everything to her. However, he knew they had been through worse. Early on in their marriage, they had traumatically lost their first child to SIDS. Their daughter had died at 3 months old. Millie was inconsolable. He wondered if she would ever make it back to him. In the long run, it had brought them closer together. Three years later, their next daughter Emma was born, then two years after that came little Brynn. Deep down he knew Millie still was hurting, but ever since having Emma and Brynn, she had slowly bounced back to her old goofy self. He sighed, “Now this…”. Jason was worried about Millie slipping away from him again if the grief of losing her parents consumed her. So far, she seemed to be processing it well. She even had taken his advice and was seeing a therapist twice a week to work through any issues she was having. Jason was convinced moving to the Outer Banks was just what the entire family needed. Lightening was streaming into the house from every
window. Nature was definitely putting on it’s finest lightshow. Millie could see Jason sitting on the couch downstairs using his Ipad in front of the fireplace. The soft murmur from the television was a welcome distraction from the storm. Millie decided to go ahead and make the master bedroom feel more like home. As she was unpacking her clothes, she saw the shadow again out of the corner of her eye and heard little girls giggling. “Girls, get back in the bed”, she said without turning her head. Then, she heard the giggling again. She quickly went to check on Emma and Brynn. They both were already fast asleep. Millie was starting to think she was losing her mind. She went downstairs and joined Jason on the couch. He looked up and smiled at her. She started telling him about all of the weird things that had been happening since she arrived at the house. Jason listened with curiosity. Millie loved that about Jason. Nothing she could say would surprise him. Jason reminded her that it was an old House and she had just suffered a tremendous loss. It was only natural to feel jumpy in the house. Millie instantly felt better. She melted into his strong arms and pulled a blanket up around her. He was right, she probably was just on edge because she was grieving her parents. The thunderstorm was like a lullaby, and she soon felt her eyelids too heavy to keep open. She vaguely remembered Jason scooping her up to carry her to bed. Millie wrapped her legs through Jason’s as she layed her head on his chest. Jason always smelled so good. Jason kissed her softly on the head and put his arms around her. They both slipped into a deep sleep as the thunderstorm crackled outside. To be continued… n
Low Wages, Free Beer, and the Search for Soul Salvation... Part 3 The Fever By Ed Bumgardner I was bugged at my old man, and he was bugged at me. Our source of mutual disenchantment was easy to discern: I was a rebellious 12-year-old and, accordingly, railed against everything my father stood for, up to and including the ground he walked on. Hail, Hail
He was fed up with the smart-ass, bad-attitude kid that I had become; I was no longer who and what he wanted me to be. The apple of his eye had started to go bad. I was hanging out with the wrong kids. I had quit all the sporting activities I had been forced to embrace. I was not, according to teacher after teacher, working up to my potential. In the gladiatorial arena of my life, the required acquiescence had been replaced by a steady barrage of insurrection. He demanded that I continue to sport the crew-cut that had been mandatory my whole life. I wanted to grow my hair long. It often seemed that the only thing we agreed on was that we disagreed on everything. Our daily father-and-son jousting was escalating in intensity.
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Push was hurtling toward shove. It ended the night of March 6,
Rolling Stones was playing. Downstairs, my father's broken
1968. That was when I killed him.
heart had literally exploded.
No act of violence was needed. No weapon was brandished. No hand was lifted, no charges ﬁled. I killed him with ﬁve one-syllable words: “I hope you drop dead.”
Years later, my mother told me he had died moments before I walked into the room. I asked her about the man in the front yard. He was with
I was sent to bed for this shouted act of vitriol; slammed
the Rescue Squad, she said. She was shocked that I had
doors punctuated the ﬁnality of the sentiment. I can't remember
not seen, when looking out the window, the two ambulances
what started the argument; then again, we really didn't need
and police car parked on the street and in the driveway, lights
a reason beyond coexistence. It ended, however, with the
usual promise of deportation to military school and the new
What? So where were all the paramedics when I walked
assurance that calls had already been made. That was the last
downstairs? They weren't in the room.Her reply left me stunned:
straw. “I hope you drop dead.”
“They were in the room, ﬁve of them, plus a supervisor, all
I can still see his face, red with anger, sparking eyes… hurt.
working on your father.” Neighbors were also in the room. Four
I regretted the words as soon as they were out of my mouth;
of them. The room was crammed with extraneous people,
for all our bickering, I loved him – but I could never let him know
medical equipment, and a gurney. I saw none of it.
that. I awoke at around 9:30 p.m. and looked out my window. A man was in the front yard. I walked downstairs to investigate.
All I remember about the room was my father, my mother and the almost electrically charged feeling in the room, which was bathed in a weird light.
My father was stretched out on the couch. My mom was
That evening changed the course of my life beyond the
perched on a footstool. She looked up and calmly said, “Go
obvious. Most of the memories of life with my father were
back to bed. Everything is ﬁne.” I went back upstairs and
erased, something often associated with traumatic events. I
turned on the radio in my room. “Get Off Of My Cloud” by the
was transformed overnight into a withdrawn, depressed teen
with no self-esteem. I was the only kid I knew without a father, much less the only one who had killed one. Shame and guilt were always whispering in my ear. It took more than 30 years, and some intensive therapy, for me to shake the belief that I had killed my father with that one blurted epithet. But in a weird way, his death was also a liberating event. It opened an avenue for me to explore a healing force that had been pushing me for as long as I could remember. Music. Music had always held an almost alchemical hold on me. I can't remember a time when I wasn't aware of it, hypnotized by the inexplicable lure and power of melody and rhythm. My earliest memory is of my ﬁrst birthday. My grandfather gave me a toy drum, which I remember, and a toy horn, which I don't recall. My mother said I drove everyone crazy swacking that drum – everyone except my father, who I was told encouraged it with a proud smile. He understood. My father had been a pretty good drummer – something I did not know until days after his death, when a friend of his – a man who had played in a band with him, as it turned out – came to the house and regaled me with tales of their musical mischief. He and Dad had formed a jazz combo in high school, and had played through college – where Dad began to mix his love of music with a newfound passion for acting and a natural afﬁnity for photography. Years later, after the death of my father's stepmother, I was given a table made out of a
Mr. Bumgardner during WWII
bass drum from the 1930s. It was from my father's drum set. Under the wood backing, the drum boasted a calfskin drum
have a choice. Three of the four worked there for decades;
head outﬁtted with a Vargas-style drawing of a scantily attired
only Jim, the youngest and a visual artist, escaped.
curvaceous woman in full come-hither coil. My father had done the drawing, much to the displeasure of HIS father. I had to smile. Ten years after his death, I began to know the man I had never really known.
My father wanted to be a musician, as did my Uncle John. They were told that was not an honorable profession. My father didn't care. He wanted to play drums. That dream ended after my father was drafted into the Army/Air Force during World War II, and was stationed in
It turns out we were a whole lot alike. He was the rebellious
England, a place that he loved. He was a tail gunner in a slow-
son. His father, E.E. Bumgardner – his namesake, and, in turn,
moving B-24 bomber – an assignment with one of the highest
mine as well – was a very powerful man who cast an imposing
mortality rates of the war.
shadow over Winston-Salem. He was head of personnel at
He came home a changed and profoundly damaged man,
RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company and a member of the board
deaf in one ear from the close-quarters sound of gunﬁre,
of directors for Piedmont Federal Savings and Loan. That he
mentally damaged by the demands and horrors of war. He
was of serious demeanor was understatement. I never saw
could not tolerate loud noise – tough when you have two
the man smile. He scared me to death.
rambunctious kids. And he rarely slept; my mother told me that
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He no longer had the spirit to challenge his father's
”What did I just tell you …”
demands that he return to work at Reynolds. He gave up his
“But, is this machine a robot?”
dreams for a job he hated.
“Be … quiet ….”
It made an impression that has stayed with me throughout my life. Still, he never stopped loving music – a trait that we
“But where does the music come from ….” “Son, HUSH. You know the rules …” “But why doesn't that record spin so fast it ﬂies away like a
shared. It was in our DNA, and he saw it emerging in me from
a very early age. My grade school report cards all make note
of the fact that I was constantly drumming on my desk; as
my second-grade teacher noted in the section reserved for
“GO TO YOUR ROOM.”
comments, “Eddie must really enjoy the tunes that only he can
At which point I would run off down the hall crying. Mom
hear; for the rest of us, it is a disturbance.”
would come in to read everyone involved the latest abridged
I cannot remember a time when music was not ricocheting
version of her Riot Act…The whole ritual, a tempest born of
off the walls of my world. My father loved jazz from the Big-
curiosity, frustration and cheap theatrics, would repeat anew
Band Era, particularly New Orleans jazz; my mother told tales
the next day.
of my father knocking back an Old Fashioned or four while
Seems like ONE of us would have learned. Years later, I
visiting jazz clubs in New Orleans and New York, then sitting
understood my dad's pain. All he wanted was to forget the
in with various bands to the approval of the accommodating
dulling horrors of his rigid work day. He was stressed. All he
musicians and audiences.
wanted was to come home, drink a beer, sink into his favorite
I knew nothing of this growing up. I knew that he loved music only because he would often come home from work,
chair and let Duke Ellington or Artie Shaw or Benny Goodman or Louis Armstrong carry him away for just a little bit.
clearly beat, go to his den, adult beverage in hand, and relax by turning on his stereo and playing favored selections from
his large collection of jazz and big-band records. That stereo was crazy magic to me. He would load a stack of discs on the spindle, then hit a switch. I would almost gasp with pleasure as the record would drop and this gizmo, this mysterious mechanical arm, would crank to life, moving up and sidewise to a mechanized soundtrack of chugging clicks and whirs before lowering onto the album. I can still see the smile on the Old Man's face as the music blared. It was…GREAT! There was protocol for the Young Observer to follow. I was not to touch the stereo or his records. Never. Ever. Nor was I to disturb Dad while he was listening to music. If I was quiet, I could listen to the music and sit and watch the disc spin around – which I loved (and still do). My usual running commentary was not tolerated. A sample … “Daddy?” “Yes?” “Is this sound magic?” “No … well … yes … now be quiet and let Daddy listen.” “Daddy? WSARTSMAG.COM
Yes, the Old Man loved his music. It was his source of
under the chair.
refuge, a balm for his soul. He was happy, really happy, when
I quickly and willfully disturbed the crime scene. I scooped
he was listening to music. That left a big impression on me –
up the pieces of evidence and, casting glances to make sure
but not big enough for the dedicated household pest to leave
the coast was clear of parental authority, dashed into my room,
slamming the door – making plenty of noise (no time for subtlety
I couldn't wait to be old enough to play a record. So,
when you are 5 and on the lam). It would later be noted later in
naturally, I didn't. I began to sneak into Dad's den during the
the kangaroo court that convicted me that I left the stereo on
day, and, when Mom was out of sight, turn the stereo on and
and the disc's abandoned paper sleeve out in the open.
off. I would put a toy car or plastic soldier on the turntable and watch it revolve. Then I would take out my favorite of his records – Louis Armstrong's “Jonah and The Whale” – and stare at it.
I had moved the corpse but left the weapon and the box it came in. Tucked away in my room, crazed and delusional, I decided that I could ﬁx the disc, as it was only broken in half. I had tape.
For those keeping score, I was now ﬂagrantly violating two
I had glue. And I used them all. Yeah, yeah. Heh-heh-heh.
cardinal rules – touching the stereo, touching the records –
Good as new. Dad will never notice. What a Boy Genius am I.
on a daily basis. Sometimes several times a day. I knew the
Years later, whenever my Mom recounted this pitiful tale –
consequences would be dire if I was caught. But I wasn't
which was often – I could swear that she would shudder, just
going to get caught.
a bit, before erupting into laughter.
Of course, the day soon came where thinking about playing
Yes, my Dad came home, swizzled up his stress-reduction
a record was no longer enough. I moved on to the bigger
beverage and went straight to the frantically revolving stereo,
thrill, the ultimate crime – I decided to play the cherished Louis
the aforementioned paper sleeve on the ﬂoor and, criminal
Armstrong record. How hard could it be? What could possibly go wrong? I dragged a chair up so I could reach the shelf where the stereo beckoned. I ﬂicked the switch. The stereo came alive. It was like a shot of adrenaline. I was now all but jumping up and down in spastic anticipation. I took the 78 r.p.m. disc out of its paper sleeve and, hands shaking, placed it on the spindle. So I thought. To my horror, the shellac disc, which was leaning up against the spindle on the revolving turntable, began to teeter and wobble. Then, as if captured in a series of stopmotion photographs, it tipped, fell, bounced off the desk and, with the grace of a drunk chicken falling off a barn roof, plummeted to the ﬂoor with an ominous crack. Time stopped. My pounding heart sank. Elation was replaced by panic, then a smothering sense of dread. One half of the disc sat at my feet. Another chunk was PAGE 24
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mastermind that I was, his favored disc, laying next to the record player where I had returned it to dry, clearly broken, but fitted back together with caked layers of glue and a dispenser's worth of tape. He noticed. Oh yes. He noticed. “EDDDDDDDDDDIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE! GET IN HERE. NOW.” I would love to think that Dad got no satisfaction from the spanking he gave me, but I can assure you that it did not hurt him more than it hurt me, nor did he pretend that it did. And yet …. One week later, he came home from work with a box, which he handed to me. Inside the box, a child's record player, and a 45 r.p.m. single, which, more than 50 years later, now occupies a place of pride in the jukebox that sits in my music room. It was a Disney record by Professor Ludwig Von Drake. The song was “Green With Envy Blues” – a New Orleans styled song, replete with serious Dixieland arrangement, scatted by the scatterbrained hipster duck. He smiled at me and assured me that he would not play MY record player if I would not play his. He understood. I was successfully bribed. My lifelong obsession with music was launched. The boy had met his muse. n
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UNCSA ALUMNI WORKING ON FILM IN CHARLOTTE
Five Film graduates and one high school Drama graduate are on location of CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR Haire
way in North Carolina, and 26
projects that wrapped up in the
movies in North
As production coordinator
the School of
WISH FOR, Haire manages the
Filmmaking at the University of
production office, or "control
North Carolina School of the
tower" of the project, acting
Arts (UNCSA), she worked
as liaison among employees
on TWO SOLDIERS, filmed in
and insurance carriers. Since
on to win the 2004 Academy
graduating in 2002, she has
Award for narrative short film), and
worked on location in Montana,
on cruise ships. Haire said that out of-
Now, she is one of five UNCSA Film
state vendors are eager to work in North
alumni working in Charlotte on the feature
a show since I graduated," said Haire. "I really feel at home, being a hop, skip and jump from UNCSA." Filmmaking Interim Dean Susan Ruskin said she hears
California, the country of Jordan, and
SISTERHOOD, filmed in Wilmington.
"I've been trying to get back to North Carolina on
New York, Tennessee, Hawaii,
DIVINE SECRETS OF THE YAYA
film CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR.
Carolina. "I've gotten many calls from my usual Los Angeles vendors who heard I was on a show here and wanted to bring their business to me," she said. "Plus, many vendors are seeing the demand for resources in the state and are bringing company branches closer."
similar sentiments from many alumni. "We have graduates
Vendors on a film project include suppliers of grip, lighting
working in the industry all over the world, but they love coming
and camera equipment, rental vehicles, hotels, office and
back to North Carolina," she said. "It feels like home to them,
production supplies, as well as utilities such as phone and
and we are proud to see them come back."
internet service. Beth Petty, who has two degrees from UNCSA
Ruskin said UNCSA film graduates and current students
and is director of the Charlotte Regional Film Commission,
are working on several projects around the state, including
agrees. "We've worked with a lot of people who are thinking of
television productions of Eastbound and Down in Wilmington
coming here, and we will do everything under the sun to help
and the pilot for Sleepy Hollow in Charlotte, as well as the film
them," Petty said.
THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT in western North Carolina.
Petty, who has hired two UNCSA graduates to work in her
According to the state Commerce Department, North Carolina
office, said the school is an important partner in the state's
is one of the top 10 location destinations in the U.S. for film and
flourishing film industry. "The taxpayers invest a lot in training
television productions. The North Carolina Film Commission
people in this state to work in the film industry," she said.
website lists 10 film and television productions currently under PAGE 26
CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR is a thriller starring Dermot WS ARTS MAGAZINE
Mulroney, Paul Sorvino, Nick Jonas, and Isabel Lucas. Alexandria ter Avest, a 2011 high school graduate of the UNCSA School of Drama, appears in the film. Additional UNCSA Film alumni working on the film include Mariangelica Velasquez
Nancy and Paul Gwyn Recieve UNCSA'S Giannini Society Award
(2012), office production assistant; Clint Buckner (2009), 2nd assistant director; Glenn Peison, Jr. (2008), on-set dresser; and Andrea Crampe Braswell (2004), first assistant accountant. "It's great to see UNCSA alumni involved throughout the project," Petty said. "An alumna (Petty) recruited the film. You have an alumna as production coordinator, another on the accounting staff, and still others in various important roles. And a high school graduate appears in the film. That's very cool." CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR centers on Doug (Jonas), who gets more than he bargained for when he starts having an affair with Lena (Lucas), the young wife of an investment banker (Mulroney) renting the lake house next door for the summer. The husband's suspicious death reveals a substantial life insurance policy and everyone is a suspect. Sorvino plays the sheriff. n
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) has named Nancy and Paul Gwyn of Winston-Salem as the recipients of the 2013 Giannini Society Award, one of the school's most prestigious honors. The Gwyns were recognized at the School of the Arts University commencement at the Stevens Center on May 4. They were cited for years of steadfast service to UNCSA and passionate support of its student productions. In 1999, the Gwyns established an endowed scholarship in the School of Music. They have been members of the UNCSA Associates, and Nancy served as president of the volunteer group. For many years they have been Giannini Society-level donors. The Gwyns are past co-chairs of the Giannini Advisory Committee. They recently were appointed to the UNCSA Board of Visitors. The Giannini Society was established in 1989 and was named in honor of Vittorio Giannini, a founder and the first president of the School of the Arts. It is a group of dedicated ambassadors who seek to provide support for the training of UNCSA student-artists. Previous recipients include founders, board members, alumni, volunteers and former chancellors. About the Gwyns
In 1962, Nancy Hooper, from Elizabeth City, N.C., met Paul Gwyn, from Elkin, N.C., at Duke University Hospital. Nancy was a nursing student and Paul, a surgical resident. Paul had already received an A.B. degree in Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) from Princeton University and an M.D. degree from The College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Nancy received her
B.S.N. degree from Duke University in the spring of 1963. They married in the fall of 1963 while Paul was serving in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps. Following his service time he resumed his surgical training first at N.C. Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem and then at Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia. In 1970, the Gwyns returned to WinstonSalem, where Paul started his practice as the first "in town" plastic surgeon. During his 37-plus years of practice, he was a member of numerous local, regional and national medical and surgical associations. He is a founding member and a past president of The North Carolina Plastic Surgery Society. Once their three children were established in school, Nancy returned to school and received her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from Salem College in 1988. Many of her classes were at the then-North Carolina School of the Arts. She worked for approximately 20 years as a church organist. The Gwyns are long-time supporters of the arts in Winston-Salem, and specifically, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Additionally, Paul and Nancy have each served as board members of Piedmont Opera. Nancy serves as a board member of the Friends of Music of Salem College, and Paul has served on the board of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Paul is a member of the Music and Arts Ministry at Centenary United Methodist Church, where they both volunteer for the DAYBreak Respite Care. Nancy also volunteers in the NICU at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In their spare time, they enjoy their six grandchildren, traveling, and their beach house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. n PAGE 27
Cigars & Spirits
Tatuaje Black: ThE Champ is Here By:Ed Hanes
e’re going to get right to the point on this one: The Tatuaje Black is one fantastic cigar. This fullbodied
more than stands its
ground within the ever growing hype of the Tatuaje brand. From the packaging (ceramic) to the unique nature of an unclipped foot, this cigar is made to be noticed. There is even more to why this cigar stands out. As a limited production this corona already holds a special place in the humidors of your local cigar shop. Its status as creator Pete Johnson’s “personal cigar” puts the Black in rare air. Only other highly thought of brands such as the Opus X and Ashton’s VSG enjoy the public knowledge that the masterminds behind their brands choose a particular stick as their favorite. The Black has another distinct advantage: its price tag. Entering the game at around $13, this Nicaraguan masterstroke is far more attainable than either of the aforementioned. Its value status among the Tatuaje Black Cigar creator Pete Johnson
elite, however, does nothing to taint its inherent excellence. Like a predawn stroll down Reynolds Drive, I found no surprises WS ARTS MAGAZINE
in the pre-light aroma of the wrapper: consistent…classic…. predictable…there were no surprises around the corner. The cocoa colored wrapper was smooth to the touch. There were no large veins obstructing the feel of the soft but confident stick. With a sure slice from my v-cut style guillotine and a touch from my triple flame torch (overkill for sure), once lit the cigar rushed the palate with pepper and leather. Robust, zestful, and interesting, the taste would titillate and tease throughout the cigars 40 minutes of life. Among the complex and often shifting flavors I encountered, leather, cocoa, and even ginger where the most prevalent. When woven together in a tapestry of blending that can only be called brilliant, the flavor palate became simply remarkable. This 46 ring gauge stick had a remarkably perfect draw from torch to rest. The burn was as straight and stately as an Avalon oak and required no attention. The ash was needle firm, requiring a quite deliberate tap to loosen it in the ashtray. The finish was a walk in the park: long and satisfying. Smoke the Black today. For its full body, firm ash, and brilliant blend I would put it up among the best cigars in the world. Powerful to the end, the Black is for those special moments when ordinary just won’t do. I cannot fathom one reason the Tatuaje Black deserves anything less than 5 E.D.S n
WS Arts Magazine has designed and implemented a ratings system where cigars receive an E.D.S (really...I didn't name the rating system after myself) of 1-5. Each review explains, in easy to understand terms, why we chose that particular rating for a given cigar. Our ratings system is described as follows: 1 E.D.S - These are cigars of last resort. They are questionable even if only mowing the yard or planting a garden. 2 E.D.S - These cigars make tolerable companions while you wash your car. They aren't looking for attention, nor should they! 3 E.D.S - These are pretty respectable cigars but may still fall short. We recommend them for the golf course, the back porch with one of your uninitiated friends, or for the after wedding party (for the husband of your best girlfriend who thinks he knows everything about cigars). 4 E.D.S - Now we’re talking. Enjoy these fine cigars after a delicious meal or with your favorite cocktail. Again, I prefer Fridays at Single Brothers (or my Cigar Room). Join me! 5 E.D.S - Respect your elders! These complex treats are true works of art. They deserve Coltrane, good friends, and your favorite adult tasty treat. Only the best! n WSARTSMAG.COM
Art Scene Artworks Gallery Presents a Two-person Exhibit of Book Sculptures by Mary Blackwell-Chapman, and Mixed Media Maintings by Betti Pettinati-Longinotti
Mary Blackwell-Chapman, "Books On The Wing", contorted filbert, crepe myrtle, paper, feathers
ary Blackwell-Chapman is showing a variety of sculptures involving hand made book forms. She says, "As I began this body of work, an homage to Trees, I was thinking simply of my love for trees, their beauty, majesty, variety, their strong presence. As I worked I thought more about the convergence of trees or forests with humanity and civilization, how our relationship with trees has reflected our history, our changing definition of our Self. An old proverb says something like "I want to be part of a society where a man can plant a tree and his grandchildren will find shade under its branches." Can this be said of our society? Even with these thoughts, I always returned in my work to the beauty and joy and peace that trees bring me. " Blackwell-Chapman is a sculptural artist from Forsyth County, North Carolina. She earned a BA in English Literature from Goucher College, and an MA in Motion Picture from Northwestern University in Chicago. She has studied sculpture, PAGE 30
both ceramics and book arts, at Penland, UNC-G, Arrowmont, Shakerag, and the Sawtooth Center for Visual Design. Her works are in collections in Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, DC, North Carolina, Georgia, and France. She has exhibited annually since 1993 in juried and non-juried shows in North Carolina, and has been a member of the artistsâ€™ collective, Artworks Gallery in WinstonSalem, NC since 1992. Betti Pettinati-Longinotti is showing "28 Prayers for 26 Victims", a group of mixed media paintings that are a requiem or homage for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Conn., and the massacre that took place there on December 14, 2012. She states: "At the crossroads of a controversial intersection of prayer and the political, this work makes a statement about the horrific culture of death our nation and world encounter in this generation. It confronts me, as to many, with profound grieving. My grieving asks questions of our society, that allows this kind of unspeakable horror as reality, and my questions unanswered become visual prayers. I state 28 prayers because I believe the young killer and his mother were also victims. The aesthetic and conceptual content of my work connects to inspiration by the abstract expressionist paintings of Richard Pousette-Dart. In a 2010 exhibition of Pousette-Dart, "Predominantly White Paintings", at the Phillips Collection, Washington D.C., the artist remarks that his paintings are visual prayers. As a contemplative artist, I appreciate the connection of prayer to the creative process, and a vehicle for both to co-exist, as well as an instrument for the Spirit to groan through my visual expression." Pettinati-Longinotti received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her MA from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, in Art Education
with a studio major in Glass. Recently she graduated with an MFA in Visual Arts through the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Her work has been shown internationally and she has done commissions and collaborations in architectural glass for site specific or public art installations. n Betti Pettinati-Longinotti, "Prayer for Sandy Hook", mixed media painting
Artworks Gallery, Mary Blackwell-Chapman and Betti Pettinati-Longinotti June 4 - 29, 2013 Meet the Artists: Friday, June 7 at the Gallery Hop, 7 - 10 pm Public Reception: Sunday, June 9, 2 - 4 pm This exhibit is free and open to the public www.maryblackwellchapman.com www.plstudioartglass.com www.Artworks-Gallery.org Artworks Gallery 564 North Trade Street Winston-Salem, NC 27101. Gallery phone: 723-5890 Gallery hours are: Tue.- Sat. 11-5. WS ARTS MAGAZINE
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