Calling All Artistigators!
Join us in creating a new Satellite Park at this community event hosted by Duke University.
Saturday, April 14, 1-4pm
Duke Arts Annex
404 Gattis Street Durham (Burch Ave neighborhood).
First 200 people receive *free* NOSH lunch special and a baby Locopop!
Live satellite mural painting, local food, free arts workshops & more. Free; all ages welcome. RSVP on Facebook!
Mural Durham is transforming 8 decommissioned satellites on the grounds of the Duke Arts Annex to create a one-of-a-kind community park in Durham’s Burch Avenue neighborhood.
Drop by on Saturday, April 14 (1–4pm) to see the artists in action, screen print a tote bag with DukeCreate, try out hands-on painting activities, see student performances, enjoy music by DJ Shazhad, and more. NOSH Durham and Locopops trucks will be on hand, and several other community partners are offering samples and tabling, including Big Spoon Roasters, Happy + Hale, and the Durham Co-op Market.
8 artists from the Triangle were selected from a pool of 30 applicants to paint the dishes, which surround a 160-foot television tower. This equipment in Satellite Park was installed in 1991 and used until the late ‘90s to receive and deliver educational programming for Duke Cable Television. The winning designs represent a range of artistic styles and backgrounds, but each artist incorporates motifs from nature and bright colors.
Burch Avenue Neighborhood, NOSH Durham, Locopops, Happy + Hale, Durham Co-op Market, Big Spoon Roasters, Happymess Art Studios, Classes and Supplies, City of Durham, NC Government, and Joe Van Gogh Coffee (West End Location).
SATELLITE MURAL ARTISTS
Mars Hill, NC / Durham, NC
“My design asks viewers to decide whether two birds are making a nest or eating a big bowl of spaghetti.”
“This cardinal is new life taking off from old technology, and more personally, it is representative of the boldness required to share my art.”
“The mural represents that while satellites persevere to connect us with what we want, this may be corrupted by the weather conditions, including heavy rain. The rain drops represent our hardships, but we can rely on the brightness of the sun to clear our problems.”
Cheran, Mexico / Durham, NC
“This design represents different symbols used by the Purepechas people in Cheran, Mexico, to describe clothing and pottery. I was inspired to share this artwork to expose our community in Durham to the indigenous community where I was raised and let them know that we exist.”
“I created a bright tropical inspired design in hopes to bring the satellite dish back to life!”
“I hope my mural, Sungazing, will add more mystery and connection to a world that can sometimes be so flat, frayed, horrid and easily explained. This design is an enigmatic, dynamic image in a constantly changing outdoor environment and on a nice day, it will gaze back up at the sky from within its tilted concave satellite as if to say: ‘I am only a titled concave mirror projecting and reflecting what I see: a beautiful, mysterious universe of suns connected by circles.’”
“I like my work to explore the balance of life and death inherent in nature and the resiliency of life to persist.”
George Mitchell (with HappymessART)
Staff artists of HappymessART, an art supply store near Durham’s 9th Street neighborhood, are painting a satellite with a work from Durham artist George Mitchell’s 1998 The Olympic Series. Mitchell was among the first group of African American artists to receive their MFAs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His career was cut short due to a paralyzing assault committed by a family member in 2003. Holly Phelan Johnson, founder of HappymessART, is donating the mural funds to support local young artists to work with Mitchell in completing The Olympic Series.
“He was shot and paralyzed. Inspired by black athletes, his art honors their struggle.”
The Durham Herald-Sun, Feb 14, 2018