Archive for the Friends Category

Anniversary exhibition at CAM Raleigh through August 7

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Event, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Music, Politics/Philosophy, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on July 23, 2016 by horseandbuggypress



It’s been a busy past few months, most notably with having a fantastic first stop to the traveling exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press (and friends!), which debuted high above the banks of New Hope Creek at Cassilhaus during May. Cassilhaus, an amazingly beautiful home, gallery, and artist residency program designed and run by Frank Konhaus and architect Ellen Cassilly is one of the true gems of our area. They put on an amazingly rich and diverse set of exhibits and events at their place. I highly suggest getting on their mailing list.

The H&B anniversary exhibit is now up and running at CAM Raleigh (there are over 200 pieces in the show including all eighteen fine press books I’ve produced, some of which have the last few copies for sale) and there’s a series of talks (all free) with a bunch of the collaborators in the coming weeks.

Copious details on the exhibit and the events at our most recent two newsletters. (if you would like to be on the mailing list, just holler to me at  I send out 4–6 newsletters in a year.

July newsletter

May newsletter

Later this summer and continuing through the fall you will see a veritable explosion of blogposts profiling the bevy of book projects I’ve produced in the last few years and a few of the larger commissioned projects. I’m very excited about Journey, a 112 page book of photomontage by Catharine Carter which I just finished printing the covers for yesterday. The first 10 or 20 copies of the edition should be on hand at the Sunday, July 31 event at CAM Raleigh (see newsletters above more info). There will also be a giclee/lettepress broadside edition produced.



The Life of a Handmade Sketchbook

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on June 22, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

I don’t make coptic-stitch, handmade sketchbook/journals quite as often as I used to, but I do appreciate getting to see the life they lead from time to time.

The scene pictured here is the temporary studio space of Meredith Brickell from when she visited her folks. Good company and a beautiful place. (There are rumors of a Meredith Brickell ceramics exhibit here in the foyer gallery in summer 2013 to coincide with Ray Duffey’s furniture/sculpture exhibition at Artspace. Stay tuned.)

While I don’t create as many sketchbooks to sell at fairs and the like, I do still enjoy making custom sketchbooks (as well as photoalbums) for people who enjoy the tactile pleasures of these books, and find them an essential tool.
Please visit the H&B website for more info, or just give me a holler.


Posted in 21st century life, Design, Durham, Event, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on February 6, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

Having worked as a cook during the last couple years of college, during my time at Penland, and during the first couple years of getting Horse & Buggy Press off the ground I have a sweet spot in my heart for the food service industry (though I certainly don’t miss working Friday and Saturday nights til the wee hours of the morning, then coming in to do brunch the next day).

As a type geek (notice I said “type” geek and not “font” geek) I love designing menus. I really feel that, just like the interior ambiance of a restaurant, the aesthetic of the menu is something important to be considered and an integral part of the overall dining experience. It should not be an afterthought (or even worse, no thought).

And I know it’s currently hip and all in some circles to go sans menu and just have a chalkboard behind the bar, or have your scruffy hipster waiter scribble some notes down on your paper tablecloth, but really that’s kind of a drag as a customer. “What he’d say about the fish dish?” “What the hell is that up there in the corner of the chalkboard, does that say beets or beef? You get up this time and go read it.”

as a former Philly white boy soul group said…

In other words, an ink on paper menu is a vital thing at a sit-down-the-waiter-comes-take-your-order type of restaurant. Period.

I’ve been designing the menus at Watts Grocery since they opened up a few years ago (and just a ten minute walk from the homestead!). The menu changes quarterly and is based upon seasonally available locally sourced foods (they do have specials that change daily as well as a blue plate special at lunch).

One of the nice discoveries with the menu project was that we could go with low-end digital color printing and get very successful results (while keeping production costs down). A great surprise was the that digital toner is actually more opaque than either offset or letterpress ink… so we can get punchy, saturated colors even when printing on butcher/oatmeal colored recycled paper.

This year was the first we did a special menu for Restaurant Week

Unfortunately, the Mrs, and I didn’t make it over as we haven’t eaten dinner out for months with our lil baby boy at home (Miles is now four months old and doing great, we may drop a picture here sometime soon). But before too long I think we’ll start thinking about getting a sitter for the occasional date night. Anyway here’s a peek at the restaurant week menu. (this was a fixed price night, please know the normal everyday menus do have prices on them)

update—also below is the upcoming Valentines Day Menu.

Third Friday Event.

Posted in 21st century life, Art, Design, Durham, Event, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on January 18, 2012 by horseandbuggypress


C L O S I N G    R E C E P T I O N    E X T R A V A G A N Z A

this Friday, Jan. 20 from 6–9pm.

Portraits of Farmers by Raymond Goodman

Tim & Helga / Four Leaf Farm

This photography exhibit captures the faces of the clean food movement in our region. These portraits were all taken on farmland, with a veil of burlap between the farmers and the land they work. While these individuals have come to farming from a range of backgrounds and with varying intentions, these farmers have ultimately arrived at a nexus of geographical and philosophical common ground. Day after day, season after season, they set about their duties motivated by a love of labor and by the integrity of their mission.

This fifteen image exhibit extends onto the walls of Piedmont restaurant next door. Please consider taking in the rest of the show over a meal sometime.

Detailed info (and images from) about Raymond’s project

Durham News article by Dave Hart

O N E   N I G H T   O N L Y   S A L E

The medium and large prints (16 x 24, and 24 x 36) will be marked down 30% for the reception night only. This is a one-night-only opportunity.

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Side stage activities & special guests include….

P O E T R Y   F O X.

The beloved and eloquent poetry fox is returning to busk and will be here banging out poems on his manual typewriter for at least the first couple of hours. He may have to leave a lil early to attack a hen house (it is Friday night after all).


T E R R A R I U M S.

Victor Gordon will have a selection of terrariums for sale. His terrariums include mosses native to the wood and barren areas of the NC piedmont. These are made using reagent jars and found/repurposed glassware. With indirect light, the closed system should require very little to almost no watering. Victor is a some-times landscape designer and garden coach. He tends a mixed shrub and perennial yarden with his wife and two children in SW central Durham.

Dovetailing with the agricultural theme, we’ll have beer from a renowned plow to pint brewery at the back table (along with sodas).

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F O Y E R   G A L L E R Y   H O U R S   &    U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N S


The foyer gallery is open every Friday from 11:30 – 2pm.

Upcoming exhibits…

Eno River Tapestries: New Work by Silvia Heyden
At eighty-four years young, Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden continues to produce stunning, modernist tapestries inspired by nature, music and her Bauhaus influenced education. The Eno River Tapestries represent a selection of new work inspired by Heyden’s hikes along the Eno River. Heyden’s weaving life and Eno River pieces are featured in the new documentary film, A Weaverly Path, by BCAC artist Kenny Dalsheimer. The DVD will be released in the very near future.


Photography/Writings from the most recent Horse & Buggy Press book.
Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought.
The newest H&B book publication debuts alongside a three month showing of photographs and writing by Courtney Fitzpatrick.
The book is the result of a year long collaboration and is being published in a limited edition of 175 copies, each of which comes with a photographic print tucked inside the back cover.

Details about the Maji Moto book

The reception for Maji Moto will be Friday, May 18 from 6–9pm.


Paintings by Janet Coleman.

Janet is a former antfarm studiomate and I’m excited to share some of her recent work.

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Blogpost survey of Durham photography shows

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Durham, Event, Friends on December 12, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

John Wall has written a nice blogpost covering the array of photography shows going on in Durham right now. I’m grateful that he has made mention of Raymond’s portraits of farmers that will be up here (and at Piedmont restaurant next door) through the end of January.

We’ve decided to have a closing reception for Burlap on Friday, Jan 20 from 6-9pm which should be a fun time to come by and see (or re-visit) the show.

Whatever you do, make sure you get over to Craven Allen Gallery and see the beautiful show by MJ Sharp. Stunning.

Below are a couple of images couple from MJ’s exhibit. Regular visitors to the BCAC foyer gallery I curate will recognize a few images that graced our walls a couple years ago. A definite treat to see a larger gathering of MJ’s work. If you can, plan to spend some slow time in the Craven Allen gallery and give yourself a great treat.

Friday Foyer Gallery Hours Return. Daisycakes next door

Posted in 21st century life, Art, Event, Friends on December 7, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

The foyer gallery I curate, showcasing the work of guest artists in a variety of media, is now open every Friday from 11:30am – 1:45pm.

The idea is you pair up a visit here with lunch next door at Daisycakes

After kicking it out of a vintage Airstream for a few years…

…Tonya and Konrad have a brick and mortar bakery space and we’re excited to have them right next door. They did a great job outfitting the space and are putting out an impressive array of baked goods. In addition to cupcakes and sweet and savory snacks, they also have a nice bevy of sandwiches, homemade soups, and lunch fare and the space has a bigger and more comfy than you’d expect seating area with free wi-fi.


Buy any one of Raymond’s medium or large prints (framed or unframed) in the current exhibit Burlap: Portraits of Piedmont region farmers and I’ll give you a $10 gift certificate to Daisycakes. No joke.

Burlap: by Raymond Goodman is a two venue photography exhibit which continues onto the walls of Piedmont restaurant next door (yet another 401 Foster Street tenant). The fifteen images in the exhibit are presented in handmade wooden frames. The images are for sale at two sizes, 16 x 24 and 24 x 36, with or without frames, and are also availabe as $20 cash-n-carry smaller prints.

The exhibit is up through January 28, and there will be a closing reception Friday, January 20 from 6–9pm. (the two-fer special ends Dec 23 though)

Please know I’m happy to show the work by appt. Just give a call at 919 949-4847, and also know when I work Saturday mornings I’ll kick the samwich board sign out front which means come in.

Burlap. Portraits of Piedmont Farmers by Raymond Goodman.

Posted in 21st century life, Art, Event, Friends on November 10, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

UPDATE: Foyer gallery hours have returned. Every Friday 11:30am – 1:45 pm. Suggested pairing with lunch at Daisycakes next door.

I’m stoked about the most recent exhibit (#32) I’ve curated in the foyer gallery — and in fact this one continues onto the walls of Piedmont, the farm to fork restaurant right next door.

Portraits of Piedmont Farmers by Raymond Goodman.
Nov 17 – Jan 28     **CLOSING RECEPTION: Third Friday, Jan. 20; 6-9pm**

A R T I S T ‘S    S T A T E M E N T . . .

Capturing the faces of the clean food movement in our region, these portraits were all taken on farmland, with a veil of burlap between the farmers and the land they work. While these individuals have come to farming from a range of backgrounds and with varying intentions, these farmers have ultimately arrived at a nexus of geographical and philosophical common ground. Day after day, season after season, they set about their duties motivated by a love of labor and by the integrity of their mission.

Regardless of age, a youthful optimism persists in spite of the adversarial climate of today’s corporate food system. After decades of industrial agriculture and its assault on small, independent farmers, the agricultural tradition had been left hanging by a thread. Farmers are few; shareholders are many, and much knowledge has been forgotten. But the remnants of that knowledge, kept alive by a devoted few, are being stewarded by these farmers with new methodologies and a nod to the long agricultural tradition and history they are carrying on.

The beauty of this small-scale, intelligent farming resurgence rests in the collective, co-operative approach to solving age-old problems. There is an overarching desire to share knowledge and resources, while chipping away at monoculture and environmental disregard. These small-scale farms are winning day by day as evidenced by the growth and popularity of farmers markets, farm to fork restaurants, plow to pint breweries, local this, and organic that. “This isn’t a return to anything,” says one farmer while checking his email and taking a quick phone call in the field. Dropping an heirloom tomato into a bucket hanging from his belt loop he continues: “There’s nothing more modern than the food we eat.”

The frames, designed by William H. Dodge and fabricated by Marc E. Smith, are made of locally sourced Ambrosia maple.

This exhibit is continued onto the walls of Piedmont, the farm to fork restaurant next door. Please consider having a meal there to view the rest of the images in the two venue show.

Raymond Goodman is a photographer who lives in Raleigh (for now), and tends bees when he isn’t taking care of his daughter Heidi Rose with his wife Crystal.

Raymond’s website

Work will be available for purchase as framed pieces, unframed 16 x 24 or 24 x 36 prints, or smaller card-size prints.

Additional hours open to the public…
Third Friday, December 16; 6-9pm
Third Friday, January 20; 6–9pm
the exhibit will be open occasionally on Saturdays, if you see the samwich board sign out front that means come on in.
By appt. at 919 949-4847

I used to work with this guy below. I’m looking forward to catching up with him. I hear his greens are the bomb.