Mercury Studio http://mercurystudiodurham.com Durham, Working Together Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:14:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 The Makery At Mercury Studio http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2014/02/the-makery-at-mercury-studio/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-makery-at-mercury-studio http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2014/02/the-makery-at-mercury-studio/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:43:14 +0000 katie http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3603  

Exciting news! Last weekend we opened The Makery at Mercury Studio, a permanent retail collective. We sell NC-made and curated goods and it’s beautiful. Our current hours are Thursday and Friday, 3p-8p, Saturday, 10a-8p, and Sunday, 1p-6p. Stop by and check it out next time you’re at Cocoa Cinnamon, Geer Street Garden, Fullsteam Brewery, [...]]]>  

Exciting news! Last weekend we opened The Makery at Mercury Studio, a permanent retail collective. We sell NC-made and curated goods and it’s beautiful. Our current hours are Thursday and Friday, 3p-8p, Saturday, 10a-8p, and Sunday, 1p-6p. Stop by and check it out next time you’re at Cocoa Cinnamon, Geer Street Garden, Fullsteam Brewery, or Motorco Music Hall. We’re in the brightly-colored building between Motorco and Geer Street Garden and we’d love to see you.

Want to get involved? Check out our kickstarter here and help us get the things we need to make this shop an even better place for Durham to connect with and support NC makers and curators.

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Daphne Yap - Concept Artist /Illustrator/Designer http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2014/02/daphne-yap/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=daphne-yap http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2014/02/daphne-yap/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:21:54 +0000 katie http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3588 Daphne

From Daphne:

Los Angeles was a very festive buddy for the past 12 years, and now I am cuddled in a nook of North Carolina! I love designing bits and pieces of everything.They are considered my friends and happy bits from another space and time. I can’t wait to share more with you ! :) I am a freelance concept artist/illustrator. I studied at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and majored in Toy Design. For the past 7 years,I’ve been working in the film industry. When I am not,I am dabbling in many illustrative adventures!

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Rachel Campbell - Painter http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2014/02/rachel-campbell/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rachel-campbell http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2014/02/rachel-campbell/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 20:36:16 +0000 katie http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3596 Rachel Campbell is a painter. She studied art in both New Zealand and Canada, and has also spent time living and exhibiting in New Zealand the UK and Germany.

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RachelCampbellRachel Campbell is a painter. She studied art in both New Zealand and Canada, and has also spent time living and exhibiting in New Zealand the UK and Germany.

Rachel exhibits with Tyndall Gallery and Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill, Craven Allen Gallery Durham, and other regional galleries in group shows. Her work is in private and public collections in over a dozen countries.

Contact:

chartlane1@gmail.com
919-9989074
studio visits by appointment
Please email to join Rachel’s Newsletter to be informed of upcoming exhibitions.

 

Links:

www.rachelcampbellpainting.com

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The Monthly Gig You Need to Know About http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2014/01/the-monthly-gig-you-need-to-know-about/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-monthly-gig-you-need-to-know-about http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2014/01/the-monthly-gig-you-need-to-know-about/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:27:31 +0000 katie http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3570  

 

 

 

Happy 2014! This year brings some pretty excellent changes to Mercury Studio. We have a new location and have also brought on a couple of people to help make our Listening Room events more wonderful. One of these is Sarah Schmader, a Durham resident with a penchant for writing and a [...]]]>  

 

 

 

Happy 2014! This year brings some pretty excellent changes to Mercury Studio. We have a new location and have also brought on a couple of people to help make our Listening Room events more wonderful. One of these is Sarah Schmader, a Durham resident with a penchant for writing and a love for local music. Here’s a piece she wrote about our upcoming year in Listening Room performances as well as our kickoff artist, David Wimbish.

David Wimbish

Mercury Studio’s Listening Room: The Monthly Gig you Need to Know About
By Sarah Schmader

For those of you “in the know”, Mercury Studio’s Listening Room is something you’ve kept your ear to the Durham dirt about for months now. But in this upcoming new year, the Listening Room will be revamping and coming back better than ever.

The premise will remain the same: on the last Friday of every month, a local musician will play the studio’s Listening Room. Tickets will be sold with a max cap of 50 people. You can still purchase the tickets advance tickets online, and we’re going to be creating Facebook events for each Listening Room, as well.

There are a couple of aspects that makes the 2014 Listening Room experience better than those in the past. First, Mercury Studio has relocated to an awesome new space behind Motorco. Second, we’re going to try to feature a local brewery with each local musician. We can’t promise this yet, but we can say we’re going to try our hardest to make it happen.

We’ve already got several of the Listening Room artists booked for 2014, with the year kicking off on Jan. 31 with David Wimbish. Usually playing as David Wimbish and the Collection, this first Listening Room of the new year will feature David playing solo, followed by a Q&A session. Hailing from Greensboro, David Wimbish and the Collection has a warm folky feel with haunting, thoughtful lyrics and rich instrumentals that make you want to drive through a field in a pick up truck at sunset. The Collection itself is made up on over fifteen musicians, playing instruments ranging from the glockenspiel to trombone to accordion. Seeing David solo to me would be comparable to seeing Connor Oberst without Bright Eyes. The lyrics and his voice are able to stand alone and shake you to your bones with an honesty anyone can relate to.

On their website, the bio describes the band as follows: “They bond with instruments and puns and play music that sounds a little like a train-hopping vagabond tripped over a drum-set and fell into the orchestra pit.”

Check out the event page for the David Wimbish Listening Room. To buy tickets for the show, go here. If you’re interested in playing the Mercury Studio’s Listening Room, please visit this page.

On behalf of Mercury Studio and myself, we’re very excited to get Listening Room 2014 rolling. We have several artists on the books and look forward to coming together as friends and fans in the new space, in this new year.

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We’re Moving! http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/12/were-moving/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=were-moving http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/12/were-moving/#comments Mon, 23 Dec 2013 18:31:53 +0000 katie http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3558 Exciting news, folks! Next month, Mercury Studio is moving to 401 W. Geer Street. Now, if you just jumped on Google Maps to see where that is, exactly, you may be thinking “Wait a minute, isn’t that Motorco?” Yes and no. Our new space is Motorco-adjacent.

Reasons this move is AWESOME:

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Exciting news, folks! Next month, Mercury Studio is moving to 401 W. Geer Street. Now, if you just jumped on Google Maps to see where that is, exactly, you may be thinking “Wait a minute, isn’t that Motorco?” Yes and no. Our new space is Motorco-adjacent.

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Reasons this move is AWESOME:

  1. We will have almost twice the space we have now, which means we will still have event space for rent and double the amount of desk and cafe memberships available. Know someone who would benefit from a collaborative and creative work environment? Send them this link.
  2. We will have the space to open a shop – a collaboration with The Makery. It will be called The Makery at Mercury Studio and will sell NC-made and curated goods, including books and music. Know a local vendor? Send them this link.
  3. Another benefit of the additional space: we can reintroduce art studio space! We currently have 1-2 art residency spaces available. Know someone looking for a studio space? Send them this link.
  4. We will join the fun and friendly business of the DIY District neighborhood: Motorco Music Hall, Parts & Labor, Fullsteam Brewery, Cocoa Cinnamon, Geer Street Garden, The Pit, just to name a few that we could hit with a rock, but we wont, obviously.

Well, that’s all for now. Stay tuned for news about our first open house so we can give you a tour of the new digs!

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groundworkk is back! http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/11/groundworkk-is-back/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=groundworkk-is-back http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/11/groundworkk-is-back/#comments Thu, 28 Nov 2013 15:00:03 +0000 Melisa Antunez http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3518 groundworkk

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: holler@groundworkk.com)

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Durham Art Walk, Durham Storefront Project Tour, and the DIY District Pop-Up Shop! http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/11/durham-art-walk-durham-storefront-project-tour-and-the-diy-district-pop-up-shop/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=durham-art-walk-durham-storefront-project-tour-and-the-diy-district-pop-up-shop http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/11/durham-art-walk-durham-storefront-project-tour-and-the-diy-district-pop-up-shop/#comments Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:32:55 +0000 Melisa Antunez http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3531 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!
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Buy Local. Sell Local. http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/10/buy-local-sell-local/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=buy-local-sell-local http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/10/buy-local-sell-local/#comments Mon, 14 Oct 2013 20:37:25 +0000 Melisa Antunez http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3481 DIY POPUP CALLThe 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!

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our friend, The Carrack http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/10/our-friend-the-carrack/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=our-friend-the-carrack http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/10/our-friend-the-carrack/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 20:49:04 +0000 Melisa Antunez http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3458

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!

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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!

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Justin Belcher - Head of Design, Pixate http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/10/justin-belcher/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=justin-belcher http://mercurystudiodurham.com/2013/10/justin-belcher/#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:48:39 +0000 katie http://mercurystudiodurham.com/?p=3507 justin-belcher
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.

current projects

Justin is Head of Design at Pixate—a Silicon Valley-based company focused on simplifying the process of creating beautiful native applications.

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