The Story Behind Art On Weaver
Works by more than 15 local and regional sculptors will be
included in this year-long exhibit due to be installed on June 21st 1997
along Carrboro’s Weaver Street. Carrboro, sister community of North
Carolina’s premier university town of Chapel Hill, has been dubbed the
Paris of the Piedmont because of its sophisticated style and cosmopolitan
connections. Art on Weaver is a spontaneous flowering of Carrboro’s
role as a focus for the artists of the area, originating with a group of
friends sharing business premises at 203 West Weaver Street.
Recognising the townscape significance of Weaver Street as
a connector of Carrboro’s important public spaces in the compact downtown
area, James Morgan and Alison Weiner, both designers, Catherine DeVine
Grimball, a writer, and Gina DeVine, a financial consultant, drew up a
plan to turn a four-block section of the street into a permanent outdoor
sculpture gallery. With help from local lawyer Robin Lackey they
set up The Public Gallery of Carrboro as a non-profit corporation to put
the plan into action.
As well as enhancing the downtown, the exhibit will act as
a marketplace for contemporary sculptors working in a variety of styles
and materials. Visit and enjoy this truly public gallery throughout
the year, and if you’re seeking art for your yard or for your business,
bring a checkbook: all works are for sale.
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