Have a creative idea, project or event in mind but need some funds to make it happen? Then you should definitely consider applying to be a presenter at groundworkk – a social event that connects and funds local artists and entrepreneurs in the Durham and Raleigh area!
The idea of groundworkk is pretty simple. The funding for each event is entirely raised by the crowd – every person pays $5 as an entrance fee. All attendees have the opportunity to see presenters talk for about four minutes about their creative idea, project or community event. Afterwards, each presenter has a six-minute Question & Answer session about their proposed idea. When all pitches are done, both the audience and presenters have a delicious dinner or snack prepared by a local chef! Then, the audience votes for their favorite presenter. Tallies are summed by 8:30pm and the presenter who wins receives all of the funds collected at the door!
Sound like fun? It is.
groudworkk has been on hiatus, but we’re coming back and we need presenters! We would love for you to participate in this great event because you will have the opportunity to meet new people and connect with the community. We promise it will be very worthwhile! If you would like to become a presenter, click here and follow the guidelines. Don’t hesitate to apply! This is an amazing opportunity to spark your creativity and connect with a supportive community, so take advantage!
The date of groundworkk is to be announced, but it will take place at Mercury Studio, so keep an eye on our calendar! We hope to see you there soon.
(Interested in being a guest chef? Contact: email@example.com)
This weekend is Art Walk! Come to Downtown Durham and be part of this holiday festival on November 23rd from 10am to 5pm and November 24th from 1pm to 5pm.
The Durham Art Walk is a holiday celebration of visual arts and fine crafts from the work of local talented artists. Many art lovers will gather this weekend and will have the opportunity to do some holiday shopping and explore the various sites and services in Downtown Durham such as world-class restaurants and intriguing historic sites. Not only will you support local artists by your presence, but you will definitely get ahead of the game by starting your holiday shopping!
You will be able to purchase arts and crafts at the various stores within walking distance such as The Durham Arts Council, The Durham Art Guild, The Durham Convention Center, The Museum of Durham History History Hub, Vega Metals, Net Friends Inc., Through This Lens Gallery, Bull City Arts Collaborative, and many more. You will also have the opportunity to hear live musical performances at The Durham Arts Council, The Durham Convention Center, and Vega Metals!
This even is free and public so come and enjoy!
Also on Saturday, November 23 at 11am, starting at Mercury Studio, the Durham Storefront Project will host a tour of artists’ installations as part of the Durham Art Walk. This is an excellent opportunity to meet local artists and see their amazing artwork technique.
As a friendly reminder, do not forget to stop by the DIY District Pop-Up Shop, a fascinating shop that sells hand-made and curated goods by local artists, behind Motorco this weekend!
The Durham Storefront Project, an organization that coordinates art installations in downtown storefronts, and The Makery, a company that allows the community to buy hand-made goods from North Carolina artisans, are joining forces with Mercury Studio to launch the first-ever DIY District Pop-Up Shop on Friday, November 1st. The shop will remain open through December 31.
If you are an artist, maker, or curator and would like to participate in this shop, please do not hesitate to apply!
We will select participants starting on Monday, October 20. If you are chosen as a participant, you will receive a 100 square-foot retail space for $250 a month.
For those of you with no goods to sell, we look forward to seeing you at the shop! This is a great way to get connected with the community while supporting local business with your holiday shopping!
Founded in 2011 by Laura Ritchie and John Wendelbo, The Carrack is a commission-free gallery in downtown Durham. It is owned by the community and its mission is encourage local artists to develop social and cultural relations through their creative abilities. This unique gallery is free for all artists – there is no fee to show! Not only does this gallery allow them to show their exhibits or performances for free, but it also allows them complete artistic ownership of the space during their show. I’m sure now you’re wondering how you can support such a wonderful organization. There are so many ways!
- Become a sustainer - The Carrack is a community entity so they need donations in order to keep their space in the community! If you would like to make a donation, click here.
- Attend Gala - Attend their second annual Gala and Art Auction! This event features Live Jazz by Brain Horton Quartet and will take place at the Carrack this Saturday, October 12 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. It also features 2013 Exhibit Season Artists with their artistic performances and a silent auction. Food and drinks will be provided. Tickets are $40 for Carrack sustainers and $100 for others. To view more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
- Attend Red Dot Art Exhibit, which will take place on Friday, October 18 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at the Carrack during Third Friday. This one-night event features small donated art work, supplied by local artists, in support of the Carrack. The community will be able to purchase any the available art work. Refreshments will be provided.
As appreciation for all artists, volunteers, and donors, there will be a community appreciation after-party on Saturday, October 19 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Please come!
If you’re looking for something to do earlier on October 19th, stop by Mercury Studio at 5pm for the Durham Storefront Project awards ceremony and walking tour. We’ll end up at The Carrack for the after party!
We look forward to seeing you at The Carrack!
Justin is a multidisciplinary designer and front-end engineer with a passion for craft, real problems, and how the two intersect. Justin also instructs and composes music for several scholastic and independent percussion programs along the East Coast. Outside of work, Justin enjoys calling Durham home alongside his wife and two unstable dogs.
Justin is Head of Design at Pixate—a Silicon Valley-based company focused on simplifying the process of creating beautiful native applications.
It’s fall! Interested in meeting new people? Come and join us at one of our many October events. You’ll be glad you did!
Also, you really should check out The Carrack‘s October events as they gear up for their annual fundraiser. They are a nonprofit gallery in downtown Durham that does not charge artists a cent, so it’s community support that keeps them going! Also, they are a dear friend of Mercury Studio, so please click here to see what fun ways you can get involved!
Liz is a PhD student in health services research at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She studies clinical and political
interventions for people with disabilities, especially those with mental illness.
Liz’s dissertation examines how to ensure that people with disabilities benefit fully from the Affordable Care Act. She teaches “Introduction to the U.S. Health Care System” for UNC’s School of Public Health and serves on AcademyHealth’s Disability
Research Interest Group advisory board.
You are all cordially invited for the Mercury Studio September Listening Room this Friday, featuring Joe Hall, a guitarist and songwriter, and his new scheme, Blanko Basnet.
A graduate from UNC Chapel Hill, Hall formed Hammer No More the Fingers, a four-piece 90s punk band, with his high school friend, Duncan Webster, in the end of 2006. Prior to this band, Hall and Webster played in a band called The Droogies while attending Durham School of the Arts. Currently, he plays the guitar and provides back-up vocals for Hammer No More The Fingers. However, he will perform new roles as a frontman and songwriter in his new theme on Friday.
The event will take place at Mercury Studio from 7pm to 9pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm. BYOB.
Here is the schedule we will follow:
- 7:15pm to 8:00pm – Hall’s performance
- 8:00pm to 9:00pm – Q&A (Questions and Answers for Hall)
For additional information, click here. To purchase tickets, which are limited, click here.
We really hope you can make it!
Here is a video of Blanko Basnet’s song called Layout. We hope you enjoy.
“I’m pleased to see Joe Hall’s artistic vision take front and center with Blanko Basnet, and hope that it will allow him to pursue a more prominent role in Hammer, and/or inspire him to continue down this creative path in his solo career. Below is a video for the song Layabou.” -Lanny Fields, Six Water Grog Album Review
Please join us this Third Friday at a reception for a show by Anna Sircar entitled The Good Earth.
Anna Dale Sircar, a graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill with a B.F.A, studied the art of Marvin Saltzman and Richard Kinnaird. She creates primarily abstract pieces with oil paints and oil pastels.
If you cannot attend the reception, then feel free to come by the studio to view her exhibition, which will be in our gallery from now until the end of September.
The event will take place this Third Friday, September 20th from 7 pm to 9 pm at Mercury Studio.
The Bridge Bus is something else to take advantage of this Third Friday. Since the galleries and businesses that participate in Durham’s Third Fridays are spread all over downtown Durham, The Bridge Bus provides transit for the community, so they can interact with as many small businesses, art galleries, and restaurants as possible!
The Bridge Bus is very convenient and is sure to create more community attendance at Third Friday events and to create a fun, worthwhile environment. Transit is free! We (Mercury Studio), along with The Scrap Exchange, Spectre Arts, and others, help sponsor this service, so mark your calendars and hope we can see you there!
Here is the map for the bus schedule on Friday.
Looking for something to do this month? Come join us at our events. You do not want to miss out on the fun so come out and enjoy!
09/13 Thursday – Groundworkk
09/17 Monday – Durham Storefront Project Artists Talk
09/18 Tuesday – Power Lunch
09/19 Thursday – Art Salon
09/20 Friday – Third Friday
09/24 Tuesday – Managing a microBusiness
09/27 Friday – Listening Room: Blanko Basnet