Archive for March, 2010

New book in the works, another collaboration with Rob McDonald.

Posted in Art, Horse & Buggy Press project on March 23, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Now that I’ve got the Full Frame broadsheet and program guide about wrapped up (check back for a post on those next week), I’m turning my attention back to my next book production.

Poplar Forest will be another fine press collaboration with Virginia photographer Rob McDonald

In 2007 we collaborated on Birdhouses, and that title is nearly out of print. (I’ve got about five copies left and they are out on display — and for sale — during our open studios).

Poplar Forest will again feature Rob’s Holga based photography. All photographs will be printed on an Indigo press and all text, including Rob’s essay and a poem by Sam Witt, will be hand-printed on the letterpress. The 32 page book will be produced in a limited edition of 300 hand-bound copies, each accompanied by an original print. The deluxe edition, numbered 1-40, will feature a second, larger original print (unique to this publication) and will be housed in a handmade cloth-covered, clamshell structure being created by Michael Greer of Leatherbound Book Works here in Durham.

From the announcement…

In 1806, Thomas Jefferson began construction on a personal retreat near Bedford, Virginia, some ninety miles from his home, Monticello.
He transformed nearly five thousand acres of pristine farmland and woods into a modestly equipped estate he called Poplar Forest.

Jefferson visited Poplar Forest regularly during construction and after the house was complete. He found there, as he wrote to a friend, “the solitude of a hermit.”

These photographs of Poplar Forest explore the notion of retreat, of private space, which we all—even a man so great as Jefferson—require and seek instinctively.

This title will be finished in about a month and makes its debut at a book-signing event at Poplar Forest on May 15th.

The book will cost $55 and the deluxe edition is $245. Please contact me if you would like an order form (or visit Rob’s website). For everyone that orders a book before tax day, I will throw in a free set of letterpress greeting cards. (code word: Hey)


Song of the Day

Posted in Art on March 18, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Spring is here… and on our walls, reception Fri March 19

Posted in Art, Durham, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project on March 11, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

As part of our efforts to accelerate the onset of Spring and eradicate all traces of Ole Man winter, we have installed an exhibit of birding photography (all in full color) in the foyer gallery.

Ricky Davis is a noted ornithologist and wildlife photographer. He is a co-author and co-editor of Birds of the Carolinas published by UNC Press.

There are sixteen images in the show, each a different bird that is native to the Carolinas. Come see how many you can identify.

The RECEPTION is Friday, March 19 from 6-9 pm as part of Third Friday Durham

At the reception, we will be selling raffle tickets for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. $5 gets you one ticket. Increase your chances of winning… if you drop a twenty you’ll get five tickets. Two weekend passes will be awarded to two lucky winners (one pass each). The winning tickets will be pulled at on April Fools Day by the first person to walk by our door at high noon. I’ll holler at the winners then. The festival is April 8-11 and I’m hoping to raise at least $1,000. All monies raised go directly to Full Frame.

I should have the Full Frame broadsheets by Friday so you can grab one to take home and check out the lineup. We are working on designing the program guide right now, and as always there are some great films coming our way.

Everyone who buys a raffle ticket gets a free beer, served up by our celebrity guest bartenders. Buy ten tickets for $40, and I’ll throw in a free set of letterpress cards.

Hey where’d February go / good tune

Posted in 21st century life, Art on March 4, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Man I remember a lot of cold weather and such (some unusual cycling accidents as well, including when that lil puddle ended up being a seven foot deep sinkhole) but where did February go?

So next wek after I get back from the Joe Henry concert–hot dam!– I’ll get back to posting on this here blog.

Lots of completed projects to share (Mountain Goats DVD package, documentary packaging for film about Durham artist Bryant Holsenbeck, the new book that Eno Publishers has coming out, the next H&B fine press collaboration with photographer Rob McDonald, the menus I designed for the Beyu Caffe, and a lot more)

Much interesting stuff coming up including Green Frames, an art exhibition in April which will culminate in a live auction to benefit the work of Builders of Hope a great new organization that is actively growing and doing important work.

Of course the Full Frame documentary film festival is coming up and that means the second annual Horse & Buggy Press raffle is underway. Five bucks gets you a ticket, $20 gets you five to increase your chances of wining. Third Friday in March is the 19th and we’ll have a reception that night with beer so that might be a good time to come get your tickets. Two winners will be awarded film passes on April Fool’s Day when Bella picks out the two winning tickets. (she says she will accept steaks as a bribe)

In the meantime enjoy the song and video below…